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Army's New Find Lowers Accidental Stockpile Detonation

Laser-Induced Plasma: Snapshots from high-speed video showing the formation of a laser-induced plasma (8.9 mm tall) on an explosive residue; the resulting shock wave is shown in the first frame. (source: US Army)

Laser-Induced Plasma: Snapshots from high-speed video showing the formation of a laser-induced plasma (8.9 mm tall) on an explosive residue; the resulting shock wave is shown in the first frame. (source: US Army)

June 4, 2018 | Source: Army Research Laboratory, arl.army.mil, 1 May 2018, ARL Public Affairs

Scientists at two major national laboratories have demonstrated a new method for testing explosives stored in weapons stockpiles, a step they say will help reduce accidental detonation and ensure the weapons perform as expected.