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ELEKTRO 1/2018 was released on January 16th 2018. Its digital version will be available on February 12th 2018.

Topic: Electrotechnology; Materials for electrical engineering; Wiring material

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A new electrical insulating fluid and its possible deployment in practice

SVĚTLO (Light) 6/2017 was released on December 11th 2017. Its digital version will be available on january 11th 2018.

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The lighting of university building Centrale Supélec in Saclay in France
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Researchers ‘watch’ crystal structure change in real time

27.07.2017 | Washington State University; Phys.org | news.wsu.edu

Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time.

While exposing a sample of silicon to intense pressure – due to the impact of a nearly 12,000 mph plastic projectile – researchers documented the transformation from its common cubic diamond structure to a simple hexagonal structure. At one point, they could see both structures as the shock wave traveled through the sample in less than half a millionth of a second.

Crystal turned into current

Until now, researchers have had to rely on computer simulations to follow the atomic-level changes of a structural transformation under pressure. The new method provides a way to actually measure the physical changes and to see if the simulations are valid.

Read more at Washington State University

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