A Study of Interaction of Laser Light with Small Drops of XM46 Propellant and Related Liquids

Report No. ARL-TR-2053
Authors: Juvan, Kim C.; Beyer, Richard A.
Date/Pages: September 1999; 33 pages
Abstract: Stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS) has been explored as a possible diagnostic tool to determine if observable changes in composition occur in the liquid gun propellants containing hydroxyl ammonium nitrate (HAN) during irradiation by ultraviolet (UV) light Spectra are reported for ammonium nitrate, HAN, and dilute XM46. Although signal strengths are excellent, uncontrolled variation in spectral characteristics greatly diminishes the usefulness of this technique under these conditions. No spectral evidence of UV-induced chemical change was observed.
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