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THz Transmission Spectroscopy and Imaging: Application to the Energetic Materials PBX 9501 and PBX 9502

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We report the measurement of the effective complex index of refraction near 1 THz for the Plastic-Bonded eXplosives PBX 9501 and PBX 9502. These plastic-bonded explosives consist of organic crystalline energetic materials, HMX and TATB, embedded in a binder matrix. We find that they are partially transparent at a few hundred GHz and we have applied a two-dimensional imaging technique for the detection of pre-fabricated defects in small samples.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/000370204773580275

Affiliations: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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