|Detonators are described herein. In a general embodiment, the detonator
includes a nonlinear transmission line that has a variable capacitance.
Capacitance of the nonlinear transmission line is a function of voltage
on the nonlinear transmission line. The nonlinear transmission line
receives a voltage pulse from a voltage source and compresses the voltage
pulse to generate a trigger signal. Compressing the voltage pulse
includes increasing amplitude of the voltage pulse and decreasing length
of the voltage pulse in time. An igniter receives the trigger signal and
detonates an explosive responsive to receipt of the trigger signal.