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Science. 1961 Jun 9;133(3467):1821-2.

Formation of Diamond by Explosive Shock.


Samples of graphite have been recovered after exposure to explosive shocks of 300,000-atm estimated intensity. X-ray and electron-diffraction examinations prove the existence of diamond in this material. The mechanism proposed for the formation of diamond under these conditions is simple compression in the c-axis direction of the rhombohedral form of graphite.

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