1994-08-24 - Re: Nuclear Weapons Material

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <perry@imsi.com>
To: ecarp@netcom.com
Message Hash: a6ecb8715a9f66730bf5b70465bd9e3d20a693adae70a96e5def7dc7d7d99872
Message ID: <9408241706.AA03674@snark.imsi.com>
Reply To: <m0qdIqB-0004EcC@khijol.uucp>
UTC Datetime: 1994-08-24 17:06:43 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 24 Aug 94 10:06:43 PDT

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@imsi.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 94 10:06:43 PDT
To: ecarp@netcom.com
Subject: Re: Nuclear Weapons Material
In-Reply-To: <m0qdIqB-0004EcC@khijol.uucp>
Message-ID: <9408241706.AA03674@snark.imsi.com>
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Ed Carp [Sysadmin] says:
> > In a fusion, or H Bomb, the tritium (which is just hydrogen with an
> > extra two neutrons) is that which produces the boom -- the main fuel,
> > as it were. Its a "neutron source" only in the weakest possible sense
> > -- the same way dynamite might be considered to need nitroglycerine as
> > a "neutron source". (I'm not sure that people outside of the bomb
> > building industry really know *for sure* what the geometries used in
> > the atomic weapon that sets off the fusion reaction.)
> I don't understand your point.  The earliest devices used a pie shape 
> with a wedge cut out.  The actual geometry is rather unimportant to 
> getting a fission reaction - but it *is* important if you want to 
> maximize your yield.

We aren't discussing fission bombs. Please reread.