Diamond blasted with laser to decode giant planets' core

July 20, 2014 9:05 AM

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New York: To unlock the mystery behind how the cores of 'super-Earths' or giant planets like Jupiter respond to intense atmospheric pressure, US researchers have blasted a diamond with the world's biggest laser beam at a very high pressure.

Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California fired 176 laser beams at a small cylinder of gold with a tiny chip of synthetic diamond embedded in it at a pressure of 51 million kg per square centimetre.

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