Formation of diamonds in laser-compressed hydrocarbons at planetary interior conditions

  title={Formation of diamonds in laser-compressed hydrocarbons at planetary interior conditions},
  author={D. Kraus and J. Vorberger and A. Pak and N. Hartley and L. Fletcher and S. Frydrych and E. Galtier and E. Gamboa and D. Gericke and S. Glenzer and E. Granados and M. MacDonald and A. Mackinnon and E. McBride and I. Nam and P. Neumayer and M. Roth and A. M. Saunders and A. Schuster and P. Sun and T. V. Van Driel and T. D{\"o}ppner and R. Falcone},
  journal={Nature Astronomy},
  • D. Kraus, J. Vorberger, +20 authors R. Falcone
  • Published 2017
  • Physics, Materials Science
  • Nature Astronomy
  • The effects of hydrocarbon reactions and diamond precipitation on the internal structure and evolution of icy giant planets such as Neptune and Uranus have been discussed for more than three decades1. Inside these celestial bodies, simple hydrocarbons such as methane, which are highly abundant in the atmospheres2, are believed to undergo structural transitions3,4 that release hydrogen from deeper layers and may lead to compact stratified cores5–7. Indeed, from the surface towards the core, the… CONTINUE READING
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