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Subject: Exploding Wire Apparatus

Date: 12/16/99
Posted by: Bob Cain
E-mail: arcane(at)znet(dot)com(no spam)
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I wish to build an exploding wire device as an acoustic reference. I want to create acoustic impulses with a width less than 20 microseconds and with a pretty good amount of energy. I need information on a circuit, probably capacitor based, that can accomplish it and be triggered by an external pulse. I would like it to give very repeatable results both in acoustic pulse width and time from trigger to pulse. I have no idea what type, gauge or length wire would be best for this, what size or voltage capacitor, what triggering circuit, etc. I would greatly appreciate any advice from someone who has made one.

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