Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2010
Volume 55, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2010; Portland, Oregon
Session W30: Focus Session: High Pressure IV: Dynamics of Shock Induced Phase Transitions
11:15 AM–2:15 PM,
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sponsoring Units: DCOMP GSCCM
Chair: Timothy Germann, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.W30.3
Abstract: W30.00003 : Atomic transformation pathways from THz radiation generated by shock-induced phase transformations*
11:39 AM–11:51 AM
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We have recently made the first experimental observation of THz frequency radiation emitted from elastically strained piezoelectric GaN and utilized this new phenomenon as an ultrafast diagnostic. Using molecular dynamics simulations coupled to Maxwell's equations, we find that similarly detectable THz frequency radiation can be emitted when a wurtzite structure crystal transforms to a rocksalt structure under shock compression on picosecond timescales. We show that information about the atomic-scale transformation pathway is contained in the sign of the emitted THz electric field and information about the kinetics is contained in the time-dependence. This new phenomenon provides an avenue to experimental measurement of microscopic transformation pathways in crystals on the shortest timescales.
*This work was performed in part under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.
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