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Diamonds on Diamond: structural studies at extreme conditions on the Diamond Light Source

DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2013.0158 DOI Help

Authors: M. Mcmahon (University of Edinburgh)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical And Engineering Sciences , VOL 373 (2036) , PAGES 20130158 - 20130158

State: Published (Approved)
Published: January 2015

Abstract: Extreme conditions (EC) research investigates how the structures and physical and chemical properties of materials change when subjected to extremes of pressure and temperature. Pressures in excess of one million times atmospheric pressure can be achieved using a diamond anvil cell, and, in combination with high-energy, micro-focused radiation from a third-generation synchrotron such as Diamond, detailed structural information can be obtained using either powder or single-crystal diffraction techniques. Here, I summarize some of the research drivers behind international EC research, and then briefly describe the techniques by which high-quality diffraction data are obtained. I then highlight the breadth of EC research possible on Diamond by summarizing four examples from work conducted on the I15 and I19 beamlines, including a study which resulted in the first research paper from Diamond. Finally, I look to the future, and speculate as to the type of EC research might be conducted at Diamond over the next 10 years.

Subject Areas: Materials, Technique Development


Instruments: I15-Extreme Conditions , I19-Small Molecule Single Crystal Diffraction