What is it about?

In this paper, we have sent a shock wave through crystals and glassy substrates and studied effects of compression in them. A lot of these materials are important in shock wave detection experiments. In particular, glasses and polymer materials have been used in detonation studies extensively. We have doe a systematic study on these materials and analyzed their behavior under shock, to understand their roles in shock compression mechanism.

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Why is it important?

The study is important for its relevance in a wide range of shock wave and optical spectroscopy applications.

Perspectives

A systematic study such as this is rare on the materials we looked at during our Nitromethane experiments to study chemical kinetics and detonation. The scarcity of information on optical response in shock compression materials motivated us to investigate this.

Mithun Bhowmick
Miami University

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This page is a summary of: Optical windows as materials for high-speed shock wave detectors, AIP Advances, December 2018, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/1.5055676.
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