Nanosecond X-ray diffraction of shock-compressed superionic water ice

  title={Nanosecond X-ray diffraction of shock-compressed superionic water ice},
  author={Marius Millot and Federica Coppari and J. Ryan Rygg and Antonio Correa Barrios and Sebastien Hamel and Damian C. Swift and Jon H. Eggert},
Since Bridgman’s discovery of five solid water (H2O) ice phases1 in 1912, studies on the extraordinary polymorphism of H2O have documented more than seventeen crystalline and several amorphous ice structures2,3, as well as rich metastability and kinetic effects4,5. This unique behaviour is due in part to the geometrical frustration of the weak intermolecular hydrogen bonds and the sizeable quantum motion of the light hydrogen ions (protons). Particularly intriguing is the prediction that H2O… 
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