A reversible transition in liquid Bi under pressure Academic Article uri icon


  • The electrical resistance of solid and liquid Bi has been measured at high pressures and temperatures using a novel experimental design for high sensitivity measurements utilizing a “Paris-Edinburgh” toroid large volume press. An anomalous sharp decrease in resistivity with increasing temperature at constant pressures was observed in the region beyond melting which implies a possible novel transition in the melt. The proposed transition was observed across a range of pressures both in heating and cooling cycles of the sample demonstrating its reversibility. From the measurements it was possible to determine a “phase-line” of this transition on the Bi pressure-temperature phase diagram terminating at the melting curve.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018