The JASPER gas gun at the Nevada National Security Site is used to fire a projectile at a plutonium target. The shock wave produced by the impact passes through the plutonium, and diagnostic equipment measures the properties of the shocked plutonium. Shock physics experiments such as this are critical to maintaining the safety and security of the nation’s stockpile in the absence of underground nuclear testing. For more information visit JASPER's webpage.
Banner photo: Staff at the Nevada National Security Site prepare JASPER for experirnents.