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Simple systems at extreme conditions

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Pressure causes extraordinary changes in the properties of matter by bringing the atoms closer and closer to each other. It can turn the air we breath into a beautiful dark red crystal (oxygen), make a semiconducting polymer out of nitrogen or transform peanut butter into diamond. Indeed, most matter exists under extreme conditions, so it is clear that we can fully understand the natural world only with knowledge of the fundamental physical and chemical forces at play at high pressures. I will present several examples of how elements e.g hydrogen, oxygen, lithium, sodium behave under extremes of pressures and temperatures.

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