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shock tube

an apparatus in which a gas is heated to very high temperatures by means of a shock wave, usually for spectroscopic investigation of the natures and reactions of the resulting radicals and excited molecules
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  • A panicky policeman triggered it, firing his Aztlan-built shock tube into the forefront of the mob.

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