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Default How does the explosive behaviour of TDX vary in different gravitational fields?

Gentlesophonts, how does the explosive behaviour of TDX vary in different gravitational fields?

TDX gravitationally polarised explosive has been a part of Traveller since at least MegaTraveller (Players Manual pg 94). It was obviously borrowed from the "Cities in Flight" novels, by James Blish.

Imagine that you have an armoured test firing chamber, equipped with powerful grav plates. You place in the chamber a small charge of TDX, and a remote detonator. The chamber has a small blast-proof window, with a high-speed 3D multi-wavelength camera outside, pointing in. Your multi-species, & multi-gender research team seal the door, set the gravitational field to the desired value, and retreat behind a further blast shield. A flashing light starts and a warning klaxon sounds. After a short countdown, the camera rolls, and the charge is triggered.

In your Traveller universe, how does TDX behave differently if it is detonated in zero-gravity, or in micro-gravity? Does it detonate at all?

What happens to TDX in common planetary surface gravitational fields that happen to be slightly lower, or higher than standard? Could the explosion be slightly more, or slightly less violent?

Please share your thoughts! Thank you.
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