Combining an x-ray free electron laser with a high-power laser driver enables the study of equations-of-state, high strain-rate deformation processes, structural phase transitions, and transformation pathways as a function of pressure to hundreds of GPa along different thermodynamic compression paths. Future high repetition-rate laser operation will enable data to be accumulated at >1 Hz, which poses a number of experimental challenges, including the need to rapidly replenish the target. Here, we present a combined shock compression and an x-ray diffraction study on epoxy (50% vol.)-crystalline grains (50% vol.) slurry targets, which can be fashioned into extruded ribbons for high repetition-rate operation. For shock-loaded NaCl-slurry samples, we observe pressure, density, and temperature states within the embedded NaCl grains consistent with observations from shock-compressed single-crystal NaCl.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Physics and Astronomy