Dynamic transition of supercritical hydrogen: defining the boundary between interior and atmosphere in gas giants.

  title={Dynamic transition of supercritical hydrogen: defining the boundary between interior and atmosphere in gas giants.},
  author={Kostya Trachenko and Vadim V. Brazhkin and Dima Bolmatov},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={89 3},
Understanding the physics of gas giants requires knowledge about the behavior of hydrogen at extreme pressures and temperatures. Molecular hydrogen in these planets is supercritical, and has been considered as a physically homogeneous state where no differences can be made between a liquid and a gas and where all properties undergo no marked or distinct changes with pressure and temperature, the picture believed to hold below the dissociation and metallization transition. Here, we show that in… Expand
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