Carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios of factory-produced RDX and HMX.

@article{Howa2014CarbonAN,
  title={Carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios of factory-produced RDX and HMX.},
  author={John D. Howa and Michael J. Lott and Lesley A. Chesson and James R Ehleringer},
  journal={Forensic science international},
  year={2014},
  volume={240},
  pages={80-7}
}
RDX and HMX are explosive compounds commonly used by the military and also occasionally associated with acts of terrorism. The isotopic characterization of an explosive can be a powerful approach to link evidence to an event or an explosives cache. We sampled explosive products and their reactants from commercial RDX manufacturers that used the direct nitration and/or the Bachmann synthesis process, and then analyzed these materials for carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios. For manufacturers… CONTINUE READING
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