Jesse Smith
Beamline Scientist

Jesse is a beamline scientist at HPCAT. His activities include user support, technical development, and research. His scientific interests cover a broad range of topics related to the structure and properties of materials subjected to extreme conditions, and he is also interested in the development of high pressure experimental methods and techniques using synchrotron radiation. Jesse was granted degrees in Physics and Philosophy from Temple University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Ottawa in 2009. He joined the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 2011.

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Washington, DC— Phase transitions surround us—for instance, liquid water changes to ice when frozen and to steam when boiled. Now, researchers at the Geophysical Laboratory have discovered a new phenomenon of so-called metastability in a liquid phase. A metastable liquid is not quite stable. This state is common in supercooled liquids, which are liquids that cool below the freezing point without turning into a solid or a crystal.