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The devil is in the detonators: Shaping explosions

Jul 12, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
UnQuarked Wine Room
150 Central Park Square
Daniel Preston
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196
Public Event

Event Description

This event is open to those of all ages.

Please note: This event will be on Thursday (July 12) this month in conjunction with ScienceFest here in Los Alamos.


Explosives have been part of the Lab’s history since the earliest days of the Manhattan Project and were crucial to the development of an implosion-based nuclear weapon. (The Fat Man bomb used this configuration.) Seventy-five years later, high explosives are used here continually to carry out our national security mission. Join Daniel Preston, with the Lab’s Detonation Science and Technology group, who will talk about how high explosives have changed over the past decades, how they’re being used today, and how we keep our personnel safe from substances that are designed to release lots of energy really, really quickly. He’ll also touch on our work to understand and defend against the threat of homemade explosives.