Recovering local structure information from high-pressure total scattering experiments

This work is all about disordered phases at very high pressures. Specifically, a dream team of experimentalists (including our very own Mark Senn from Warwick Chemistry) came up with a clever way to subtract the pair correlation functions of the pressure-transmitting medium (that is, the liquid that is used in experiments to transmit the applied pressure to the actual sample) from those of the material of interest. We only played a little role in this, by providing the pair correlation functions of methanol/ethanol mixtures via molecular dynamics simulations at various pressures. It was great to see our numbers put into the experimental context! Have a look at the paper online or grab a pdf here.