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Manufacturing process effects on the terahertz spectra of RDX
Author(s): John Wilkinson; Stanley M. Caulder; Alessia Portieri
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Paper Abstract

We report on THz spectra of RDX obtained from various domestic and international sources. The observed spectral differences can be traced to the method of RDX manufacture. Depending on the method of manufacture, the resulting energetic material will contain imperfections within the crystal such as voids, solvent trapped within the voids, crystalline dislocations, explosive mixtures and co-crystallization of other energetic byproducts. Additionally, neat energetic material crystallites often range from tens to hundreds of microns. To investigate these phenomena, transmission and reflection mode THz spectroscopy was performed. The resulting spectral differences are interpreted in an attempt to identify material and contaminant effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6949, Terahertz for Military and Security Applications VI, 694904 (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776681
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John Wilkinson, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Stanley M. Caulder, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Alessia Portieri, Teraview Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6949:
Terahertz for Military and Security Applications VI
James O. Jensen; Hong-Liang Cui; Dwight L. Woolard; R. Jennifer Hwu, Editor(s)

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