Detonators activate explosive devices. These hermetically sealed components aid in the development of safer and more stable explosions while enduring extreme conditions.
Most of these devices have high activation energy to make explosives safer, preventing them from detonating if accidentally mishandled, dropped or exposed to fire. Though these secondary explosives were safer, they proved more difficult to discharge intentionally. Detonators better facilitate these explosions by producing a small initiating blast to assist the explosion.
Exploding bridgewire detonators are a type of pyrotechnic detonator that uses electric currents to start detonation reactions. These devices promote rapid and precise explosions, making them popular for use in nuclear weapons.