Chemistry and phase transitions from hypervelocity impacts

C. T. White, S. B. Sinnott, J. W. Mintmire, D. W. Brenner, D. H. Robertson

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Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study hypervelocity impacts of an ultrathin flyer plate with a semi‐infinite two‐dimensional model diatomic molecular solid. We show that these hypervelocity impacts can produce a dissociative phase transition from a molecular to a close‐packed solid in the target material. We also show that hypervelocity impacts of ultrathin plates can produce extensive chemical reactions leading to a detonation accompanied by a phase transition in an energetic version of the model. © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number28 S
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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