The high pressure phase of plutonium
High-purity alpha-plutonium was studied by X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell up to 62 GPa. A structural phase transition occurs around 40 Gpa. The high-pressure structure was indexed in a hexagonal lattice of space group P6(3)/m, Z = 8. The bulk modulus of alpha-plutonium was determined as B(0) = 43(2) Gpa, with a pressure derivative B(0)' = 15(2). It is difficult to explain the increase in symmetry, observed in this case and also in cerium and samarium, by a loss of itinerancy of the 5f electrons.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 23. Journées des Actinides, Bühlerhöhe (DE), April 20-23, 1993
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