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#16291 - 11/04/06 03:18 PM Melting Diamond To A Puddle
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Sandia's Z machine, by creating pressures more than 10 million times that of the atmosphere at sea level, has turned a diamond sheet into a pool of liquid.

Source and more at:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061103104056.htm
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#16292 - 11/04/06 05:35 PM Re: Melting Diamond To A Puddle
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Sure, why not use diamond laser fusion pellets. Gold wasn't, well, gold-plated enough. The next upgrade surely will be cubic boron nitride (5% improvement in inertial acceleration over diamond, and much bigger on the bucks).

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The waves were created by impacting the diamond with tiny plates hurled using Z's huge magnetic fields at about 20 times the speed of a rifle bullet.
CL-20 high explosive detonation velocity is Mach 24.7. An M16A2 semiautomatic rifle has muzzle velocity of Mach 2.48. Yeah, yer gonna need a bigger hammer.
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#16293 - 11/06/06 09:58 PM Re: Melting Diamond To A Puddle
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Hey Guys,

Now that's something you don't see everyday. liquid carbon that is. Here's a link to the original release:

http://www.sandia.gov/news/resources/releases/2006/diamonds.html


There are several other interesting stories at this site.

Dr. R.

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