Identifying the Influence of Environmental Effects on Post-Detonation Chemistry and Debris Formation

Kimberly Knight | 20-SI-006

Executive Summary

We are using computational and experimental approaches to investigate fundamental chemical processes that can perturb radionuclide inventory (captured in post-detonation debris) by changing the structure of (and interaction between) atoms and molecules. By developing the scientific basis necessary for improved correction and interpretation of radiochemical data, this research supports national goals in stockpile stewardship and the reduction of nuclear dangers.

Publications, Presentations, and Patents

Dardenne, Y., et al. 2020. "Chemical Fractionation is Not a Constant: Revisiting Bomb Vapor Chemistry. Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Journal. LLNL-JRNL-814770

Finko, M. S., et al. 2020. "Kinetic Modeling of Metal Oxide Chemistry and Particle Formation in a Plasma Flow Reactor." American Physical Society, 73rd Annual Gaseous Electronics Virtual Conference (online), October 2020. LLNL-PRES-815500

Genda, T. P., et al. 2020. "Iron-Oxide Microstructure in Nuclear Explosion Aerodynamic Glass." The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, TMS 2020 149th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 2020. LLNL-PRES-805404

Koroglu, B., et al. 2020. "Influence of Environmental Effects on Post-Detonation Debris Chemistry." American Chemical Society Fall 2020 Meeting and Expo (online), August 2020. LLNL-PRES-813326

Lucas, D. 2020. "Particle Microphysical Timescales in Hot Atmospheric Clouds." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2020 (online). LLNL-ABS-812794

Myers, A. H., et al. 2020. "New Yield Estimates for Nuclear Detonations Over Water. Nuclear Science and Engineering 194. LLNL-JRNL-804822