Stewart McWilliams

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Professor R S McWilliams

Professor R S McWilliams

Position
Professor
Category
Academic staff
Location
Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC)
Room 3.3801

Stewart is a member of the following School research institute and research area:

Research interests

I study high pressure and high temperature states of matter in the laboratory to address questions of scientific and technological interest.  I am interested in materials relevant to natural systems such as planetary interiors and to technologies such as energetic materials and inertial confinement fusion.  I develop and use ultrafast methods to create, sustain, and study extreme states.  These techniques use the diamond-anvil cell (static compression) and laser-driven shock compression (dynamic compression) to generate particular extreme states.  I visit facilities worldwide for access to high power laser systems, synchrotron radiation, and other special instrumentation.  I characterize fundamental material properties including strength, elastic moduli, optical properties, and melting points and examine how extreme conditions can be used to synthesize new materials.

Recent publications

  1. , , , , , , , , , , , , et al., Angewandte Chemie, 63, 7, p. 1-6
  2. , , , , , , , , , , et al., Nature Astronomy, 8, 2, p. 174-181
  3. , , , , , , , , , et al., Scientific Reports, 13, 1, p. 1-19
  4. , Journal of applied physics, 134, 5, p. 1-38
  5. , Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 30, Pt 4, p. 671-685