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Physics and Astronomy
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We show that monoclinic Bi-II* forms during a dynamic compression regime with crystal growth rates from melt of ≈ 70 m/s. This extreme quench rate implies crystallization by non-diffusive processes and indicates that the liquid had a high degree of pre-ordering. Using ambient condition single crystal structure analysis we show for the first time that the monoclinic distorted phase of Bi (Bi-II) exists at ambient pressure, albeit bound to formation under dynamic compression. We review the pressure, temperature, and time conditions for formation and growth of this structure.
Bismuth; Dynamic compression; Shockwave; Single crystal
Condensed Matter Physics
Fussell, Zachary Allen, "Super Rapid Crystal Growth and Quench of Monoclinic Bi-II* During Dynamic Compression" (2019). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3600.
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