Introduction to High-Pressure Shock Compression of Solids

  • R. A. Graham
Part of the High-Pressure Shock Compression of Condensed Matter book series (SHOCKWAVE)


In 1956, Nobel-Prize-Winner-to-Be, P.W. Bridgman published a short paper entitled “High-Pressure Polymorphism of Iron” [1], reporting the results of his measurements of the resistance of iron samples under static high pressures. The work was motivated by the report by Bancroft et al. [2] of a discontinuity in the pressure–volume relation of iron at 13 GPa under high-pressure shock loading, which they interpreted as due to a previously unknown polymorphic phase transformation. Finding no indication of such a transition, Bridgman commented upon the Los Alamos work as:


Shock Compression Strong Shock Wave Release Wave Hugoniot Elastic Limit Sonic Boom 
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  • R. A. Graham
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  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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