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Experiments at New X-Ray Facility May Lead to Better Explosive Modeling

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance. “Carbon clusters are produced during the chemical process of detonation in high explosives,”

Military Science Panel Urges Research on Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons

A US Department of Defense scientific advisory board has called on the Trump administration to rebuild the country’s nuclear weapons infrastructure and modernize its nuclear arsenal. The recommendations, detailed in a December report, include the development of new, low-yield warheads to give the military the option of a limited nuclear strike. The report, written by

New Dynamic Compressor Sector to Study Materials at Extreme Conditions

A new, first-of-its-kind-worldwide research capability will help unravel the mysteries of material behavior at extreme conditions and short time scales in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) vital national security missions. NNSA, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory and Washington State University (WSU) will dedicate the new Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS)