Spectral Emission Signatures from Cased High‐Explosive Charges

Austin Butler, David Amondson, Herman Krier, Nick Glumac

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Spectroscopic signatures of cased high-explosive charge denotations are examined using emission spectroscopy with sub nanometer resolution. Eleven distinct case materials are investigated for atomic features of their major alloying elements. Molecular features of case material combustion products are also investigated for five case materials. Emission is monitored within the 275–425 nm range for atomic features and in the 310–755 nm range for molecular features. Major alloying elements with concentrations greater than 5% are generally detected through atomic emission. Al, Cu, Fe, Mg, Cr, Mn, Pb, and Ni are all detected in concentrations less than 5%. Undetected elements include Zn, Nb, Ta, and V. Molecular emission from aluminum monoxide, titanium monoxide, and CN is measured for aluminum alloy, titanium alloy, and carbon fiber cases, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1410-1418
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Spectroscopy
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • UV–Vis spectroscopy
  • Ultraviolet–Visible
  • aluminum alloy
  • carbon fiber
  • cased explosives
  • explosives
  • iron alloy
  • nickel alloy
  • spectroscopy
  • titanium alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy


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