Implications of shock wave experiments with precompressed materials for giant planet interiors

Burkhard Militzer, William B. Hubbard

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Abstract

This work uses density functional molecular dynamics simulations of fluid helium at high pressure to examine how shock wave experiments with precompressed samples can help characterizing the interior of giant planets. In particular, we analyze how large of a precompression is needed to probe a certain depth in a planet's gas envelope. We find that precompressions of up to 0.1, 1.0, 10, or 100 GPa are needed to characterized 2.5, 5.9, 18, to 63% of Jupiter's envelope by mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShock Compression of Condensed Matter - 2007
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, 2007 APS SCCM
Pages1395-1398
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Event15th Biennial International Conference of the APS Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2007 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2007Jun 29 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume955
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other15th Biennial International Conference of the APS Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2007
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period6/24/076/29/07

Keywords

  • Equation of state
  • Giant planet interiors
  • High pressure helium
  • Hugoniot curves
  • Shock waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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