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It rains more diamonds than expected on Uranus and Neptune

It rains more diamonds than expected on Uranus and Neptune

In another experiment led by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Rostock in Germany and École Polytechnique in France, in collaboration with the American Research Foundation, they wanted to know what role the presence of oxygen plays. The results were published in the specialized journal science progress chest.

PET تجربة experience

In addition to carbon and hydrogen, ice giants such as Neptune and Uranus also contain other elements, such as large amounts of oxygen. In the current experiment, the researchers used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, which is commonly used for food packaging and plastic bottles and containers, to more accurately reproduce the composition of these planets.

“PET has a good balance of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen to simulate activity in icy planets,” says Dominic Krause, a physicist and professor at the University of Rostock. The researchers used a powerful optical laser to create shock waves in PET. Then they used X-ray pulses to examine what was going on in the plastic.

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