PhD project: Studies of the Phase Diagrams of Hydrogen and Deuterium

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Hydrogen is the simplest element which makes up about 74% of the visible (baryonic) matter. Its phase diagram is of the great importance not only to the fundamental physics but also to  understanding of the planetary and star formation. Due to hydrogen light mass, its behaviour is governed by the strong quantum effects even at the high compressions (high densities). By comparing the behaviour of H2 and D2 (the heavier isotope having quite different quantum properties) one can gain the insights on the quantum processes which are taking place at high densities. In this project, you will use diamond anvil cells to generate pressures at low temperatures combined with the optical spectroscopy (CSEC) and x-ray diffraction (ESRF, France; Diamond, UK).

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