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Experimental evidence of new tetragonal polymorphs of silicon formed through ultrafast laser-induced confined microexplosion

Rapp, Ludovic; Haberl, Bianca; Pickard, C J; Bradby, Jodie; Gamaly, Eugene G; Williams, James; Rode, Andrei V


Ordinary materials can transform into novel phases at extraordinary high pressure and temperature. The recently developed method of ultrashort laser-induced confined microexplosions initiates a non-equilibrium disordered plasma state. Ultra-high quenching rates overcome kinetic barriers to the formation of new metastable phases, which are preserved in the surrounding pristine crystal for subsequent exploitation. Here we demonstrate that confined microexplosions in silicon produce several...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8555


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