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The Frontiers in Science lecture series are a public service of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. Fellows are appointed by the Laboratory Director in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. All lectures are open to the public and free of charge.


The Mystery of Detonation

David S. Moore
Los Alamos Laboratory Fellow

The Explosion Mystery - Frontiers in Science

The Explosion Mystery - Frontiers in Science

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.

Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m.
James A. Little Theater
New Mexico School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe

Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History
and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW,

Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Los Alamos High School
Smith Auditorium
1300 Diamond Dr, Los Alamos


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