Initiating the explosive decomposition of heavy metal azides by electron-beam-induced electric discharge

V. I. Oleshko, G. Damamme, D. Malys, V. M. Lisitsyn

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The explosive decomposition of heavy metal azides (HMAs) initiated by the electric (streamer) discharge induced by a nanosecond electron beam has been experimentally studied. A physical model is proposed that describes the initiation of an electron-beam-induced HMA explosion, which involves the formation of a strong electric field in a sample and its neutralization by a supersonic anode discharge. The propagating streamer front generates hot spots in a condensed reactive substance, from which the foci of explosive decomposition are formed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-956
Number of pages3
JournalTechnical Physics Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2009


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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