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Title: Models of the elastic x-ray scattering feature for warm dense aluminum

The elastic feature of x-ray scattering from warm dense aluminum has recently been measured by Fletcher et al. [Nature Photonics 9, 274 (2015)] with much higher accuracy than had hitherto been possible. This measurement is a direct test of the ionic structure predicted by models of warm dense matter. We use the method of pseudoatom molecular dynamics to predict this elastic feature for warm dense aluminum with temperatures of 1–100 eV and densities of 2.7–8.1g/cm3. We compare these predictions to experiments, finding good agreement with Fletcher et al. and corroborating the discrepancy found in analyses of an earlier experiment of Ma et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 065001 (2013)]. Lastly, we also evaluate the validity of the Thomas-Fermi model of the electrons and of the hypernetted chain approximation in computing the elastic feature and find them both wanting in the regime currently probed by experiments.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1539-3755; PLEEE8
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Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (Print)
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Journal Name: Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (Print); Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1539-3755
American Physical Society (APS)
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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY density functional theory; ionic structure; x-ray scattering; warm dense matter