Peng, F (reprint author), Sichuan Univ, Inst Atom & Mol Phys, Chengdu 610065, Peoples R China.
Diamond anvil cell synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments have been carried out on submicron-sized tungsten tetraboride (WB4) at room temperature up to 50.8GPa with a silicone oil pressure medium. The crystal structure of WB4 remains unchanged up to the highest pressure. The isothermal bulk modulus K0 and its pressure derivative, [image omitted], have been determined from the present compression by fitting the third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state: K0=325 +/- 9GPa and [image omitted]. The high value of the bulk modulus shows that WB4 has high stiffness and/or low-compressibility. Moreover, we also found that the compression behavior of the unit cell axes (a- and c-axes) of WB4 demonstrates an anisotropic nature of compressibility.