Stewart McWilliams

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Dr R S McWilliams

Dr R S McWilliams

Academic staff
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., Scientific Reports
  2. , , , , , , , , , et al., Science, 361, 6403, p. 677-682
  3. , and , Journal of Applied Physics, 121, p. 145904-1
  4. , , , , , , , , , , et al., Physical Review Letters, 118, 2