In order for brominated plastic (CHBr) to be used in future large lasers, such as the National Ignition Facility, capsule design, and equation of state (EOS) data are needed to address uncertainties in modeling. We have performed CHBr EOS measurements using the impedance matching technique. Laser beams spatially smoothed, and giving a spot size of 400 μm and intensities ⩽ 5×1013 W/cm2, produced high-quality shock waves allowing the simultaneous measurements of the shock velocities in two materials, one used as reference. Results are compared to other experiments and to EOS calculations. We obtained very good agreement with the theoretical curve for pressures ranging from 1 to 3 Mbar. © 1998 American Institute of Physics.