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Pure Appl. Chem., 2007, Vol. 79, No. 10, pp. 1643-1652

Structure and dynamics of levitated liquid materials

Louis Hennet1, Shankar Krishnan2, Irina Pozdnyakova1, Viviana Cristiglio3, Gabriel J. Cuello3, Henry E. Fischer3, Aleksei Bytchkov4, Francesco Albergamo4, Didier Zanghi1, Jean-François Brun1, Séverine Brassamin1, Marie-Louise Saboungi5 and David L. Price1

1 CNRS-CRMHT, 1d avenue de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orléans, Cedex 2, France
2 Tencor, San Jose, CA USA
3 ILL, BP 156, 38042 Grenoble, Cedex 9, France
4 ESRF, BP 220, 38043 Grenoble, Cedex, France
5 CRMD, 1b rue de la Férollerie, 45071 Orléans, Cedex 2, France

Abstract: Aerodynamic levitation is a simple way to suspend samples which can be heated with CO2 lasers. The advantages of this technique are the simplicity and compactness of the device, making it possible to integrate the device easily into different kinds of experiments. In addition, all types of sample can be used, including metals and oxides. The integration of this technique at synchrotron and neutron sources provides powerful tools to study molten materials.