Terahertz Spectra of Molecular Clusters of RDX, PETN, and TNT Calculated by Density Functional Theory
Memorandum rept. 31 May 2010-30 Nov 2011
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE
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We present calculations of ground state resonance structure associated with molecular clusters of the high explosives RDX, PETN, and TNT using density functional theory DFT, which is for the construction of parameterized dielectric response functions for excitation by electromagnetic waves at compatible frequencies. These dielectric functions provide for different types of analyses concerning the dielectric response of explosives. In particular, these dielectric response functions provide quantitative initial estimates of spectral response features for subsequent adjustment with respect to additional information such as laboratory measurements and other types of theory based calculations. With respect to qualitative analysis, these spectra provide for the molecular level interpretation of response structure. The DFT software GAUSSIAN was used for the calculations of ground state resonance structure presented here.
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy