Lee, K.K.M., Benedetti, L.R., Jeanloz, R. et al. (14 more authors) (2006) Laser-driven shock experiments on precompressed water: Implications for "icy" giant planets. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 125 (1). 014701. ISSN 0021-9606
Laser-driven shock compression of samples precompressed to 1 GPa produces high-pressure-temperature conditions inducing two significant changes in the optical properties of water: the onset of opacity followed by enhanced reflectivity in the initially transparent water. The onset of reflectivity at infrared wavelengths can be interpreted as a semiconductor<-->electronic conductor transition in water, and is found at pressures above ~130 GPa for single-shocked samples precompressed to 1 GPa. Our results indicate that conductivity in the deep interior of “icy” giant planets is greater than realized previously because of an additional contribution from electrons.
|Institution:||The University of York|
|Academic Units:||The University of York > Physics (York)|
|Depositing User:||York RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||20 May 2009 15:19|
|Last Modified:||20 May 2009 15:19|
|Publisher:||American Institute of Physics|