How the principles of nuclear physics have been used to unleash massive destruction. How do fission bombs and thermonuclear bombs work, and what are the differences between the two?
- The fission/atomic bomb was developed in the 1940s.
- Fission bombs use radioactive elements, such as uranium or plutonium.
- Thermonuclear/hydrogen bombs produce a devastating amount of energy from fission chain reactions and nuclear fusion.
- Nuclear bombs cause instant death and poisoning, as well as long-term hazards.
Nuclear armaments are the most powerful weapons mankind has ever created.
There are two major types of nuclear bomb – the fission bomb and the thermonuclear bomb.
The fission bomb, also known as the atomic bomb, was the first to be developed in the 1940s.
In most fission weapons, conventional chemical explosives …
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