Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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The Mystery of Detonation

Mar 17, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Smith Auditorium Los Alamos High School
David S. Moore
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196

Event Description

Did you ever wonder about those huge explosions you see on TV and at the movies?

Surprisingly, despite the 150 years that have passed since Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, much of the science of detonation and explosion that leads up to those explosive spectacles remains a mystery. This talk will lead you on a roller coaster ride through time and space as we watch molecules being crushed and rearranged, liberating the heat and gases that drive the explosion forward to its spectacular conclusion. We will explore various kinds of explosions, what is needed for a detonation, and the current state-of-the-art in experiments and modeling of detonations.

A public lecture series sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Admission is free.