Electron-Ion Coupling in Shocked Energetic Materials

@inproceedings{Reed2012ElectronIonCI,
  title={Electron-Ion Coupling in Shocked Energetic Materials},
  author={Evan J. Reed},
  year={2012}
}
The magnitude and role of electronic excitations in shocked energetic materials are studied theoretically using quantum molecular dynamics simulations. Focusing on the detonating primary explosive HN3 (hydrazoic acid), this work finds that the material transiently exhibits a high level of electronic excitation characterized by carrier densities in excess of 1021 cm–3, or one electronic excitation for every eight molecules. Electronic excitations enhance the kinetics of chemical decomposition by… CONTINUE READING

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