X-ray diffraction of molybdenum under shock compression to 450 GPa

Jue Wang, Federica Coppari, Raymond F. Smith, Jon H. Eggert, Amy E. Lazicki, Dayne E. Fratanduono, J. Ryan Rygg, Thomas R. Boehly, Gilbert W. Collins, Thomas S. Duffy

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Molybdenum (Mo) is a body-centered-cubic (bcc) transition metal that has widespread technological applications. Although the bcc transition elements are used as test cases for understanding the behavior of metals under extreme conditions, the melting curves and phase transitions of these elements have been the subject of stark disagreements in recent years. Here we use x-ray diffraction to examine the phase stability and melting behavior of Mo under shock loading to 450 GPa. The bcc phase of Mo remains stable along the Hugoniot until 380 GPa. Our results do not support previous claims of a shallow melting curve for molybdenum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174114
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 20 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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