Optical depth measurements of fireballs from aluminized high explosives

Jennifer Mott Peuker, Patrick Lynch, Herman Krier, Nick Glumac

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Spatially and temporally resolved attenuation of 532 nm light by fireballs from aluminized high explosives is determined using photometric and imaging methods. For all measurements, the absorbance is found to peak during the early period of high reactivity of post-detonation gases. The characteristic attenuation length is less than 1 cm during the peak absorption period, and remains on the order of centimeters until a significant decrease in optical depth occurs about 160 μs after the detonation. These results suggest that, for gram-scale and larger aluminized charges, the optically thick assumption will most likely be valid for the period in which fireball luminosity is significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1009-1015
Number of pages7
JournalOptics and Lasers in Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Aluminized fireball
  • Attenuation length
  • Optical depth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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