The Melting Line of Hydrogen at High Pressures

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Title: The Melting Line of Hydrogen at High Pressures
Author: Deemyad, Shanti; Silvera, Isaac F.

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Citation: Deemyad, Shanti, and Isaac Silvera. 2008. The Melting Line of Hydrogen at High Pressures. Physical Review Letters 100(15): 155701.
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Abstract: The insulator to metal transition in solid hydrogen was predicted over 70 years ago but the demonstration of this transition remains a scientific challenge. In this regard, a peak in the temperature vs. pressure melting line of hydrogen may be a possible precursor for metallization. However, previous measurements of the fusion curve of hydrogen have been limited in pressure by diffusion of hydrogen into the gasket or diamonds. To overcome this limitation we have used an innovative technique of pulsed laser heating of the sample and final peak in the melting line at \(P=64.7 \pm 4\) GPa and \(T=1055 \pm 20\) K.
Published Version: doi://10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.155701
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