written by ben turner, on november 18th, 2021

who: vitali prakapenka and 3 other scientists
what: new experiment marks the first time that scientists have created stable superionic ice that lasts long enough to be studied in detail.
how: blasting drop with laser rather than with a shock wave as was formerly tried
where: university of chicago?
when: published october 14th, 2021 in nature physics
why: ultrahot ‘superionic’ ice is a new state of matter and could explain the mysterious magnetic fields belonging to icy worlds.

interesting fact: the superhot and highly pressurized superionic ice is the 18th phase of ice to be discovered, and it’s one of the weirdest yet.

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