Laser-shock compression and Hugoniot measurements of liquid hydrogen to 55 GPa

T. Sano, N. Ozaki, T. Sakaiya, K. Shigemori, M. Ikoma, T. Kimura, K. Miyanishi, T. Endo, A. Shiroshita, H. Takahashi, T. Jitsui, Y. Hori, Y. Hironaka, A. Iwamoto, T. Kadono, M. Nakai, T. Okuchi, K. Otani, K. Shimizu, T. KondoR. Kodama, K. Mima

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The principal Hugoniot for liquid hydrogen was obtained up to 55 GPa under laser-driven shock loading. The pressure and density of compressed hydrogen were determined by impedance matching to a quartz standard. The shock temperature was independently measured from the brightness of the shock front. Hugoniot data of hydrogen provide a good benchmark to modern theories of condensed matter. The initial number density of liquid hydrogen is lower than that for liquid deuterium, and this results in shock-compressed hydrogen having a higher compression and higher temperature than deuterium at the same shock pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054117
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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