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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Static High Pressure Facilities

Representative experimental techniques used in the Static High Pressure Laboratory include:

  • High Pressure Membrane Diamond Anvil Cells, developed by Dr. Yoo while at LLNL, capable of achieving pressures exceeding 300 GPa.  Resistive heating elements have been adapted for these cells to achieve temperatures exceeding 1000º C.
  • Laser Heating, using a fiber-coupled CW diode laser and optical pyrometer, to achieve temperatures of several thousand Kelvin.  This temperature range is necessary to bridge the regimes of static and dynamic experiments.
  • Large Volume Press that is custom designed using large flat diamond anvils for in-situ optical/spectroscopic and laser-heating investigations.
  • Optical Spectroscopy, such as micro-Raman, emission, absorption, and Impulse Stimulated Light Scattering (ISLS).