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#16291 - 11/04/06 03:18 PM Melting Diamond To A Puddle
DA Morgan Offline

Registered: 10/17/04
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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.

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DA Morgan

#16292 - 11/04/06 05:35 PM Re: Melting Diamond To A Puddle
Uncle Al Offline

Registered: 10/17/04
Posts: 540
Loc: Southern California
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).

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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Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 196
Loc: Palo Alto, CA, USA
Hey Guys,

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


There are several other interesting stories at this site.

Dr. R.


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