Exotic high pressure behavior of light alkali metals, lithium and sodium
- First Online:
- Cite this article as:
- Rousseau, B., Xie, Y., Ma, Y. et al. Eur. Phys. J. B (2011) 81: 1. doi:10.1140/epjb/e2011-10972-9
- 369 Downloads
At ambient conditions, lithium and sodium behave as free-electron metals and adopt highly symmetric close-packed structures. Under high pressure, however, these simple metals undergo a series of complex phase transitions to structures of lower symmetry, along with significant changes of their physical properties. In this review we provide a comprehensive description of these light alkali metals, with a focus on the structural and electronic properties under pressure.