Critical Assembly: A Technical History of Los Alamos during the Oppenheimer Years, 1943-1945by Lillian Hoddeson, Paul W. Henriksen, Roger A. Meade, Catherine L. Westfall
This 1993 book explores how the 'critical assembly' of scientists at Los Alamos created the first atomic bombs.See more details below
This 1993 book explores how the 'critical assembly' of scientists at Los Alamos created the first atomic bombs.
- Cambridge University Press
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- New Edition
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- 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.18(d)
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Early research on fission, and overview: 1933–43; 3. The early materials program: 1933–43; 4. Setting up project Y: June 1942 to March 1943; 5. Research in the first months of project Y: April to September 1943; 6. Creating a wartime community: September 1943 to August 1944; 7. The gun weapon: September 1943 to August 1944; 8. The implosion program accelerates: September 1943 to July 1944; 9. New hopes for the implosion weapon: September 1943 to July 1944; 10. The nuclear properties of a fission weapon: September 1943 to July 1944; 11. Uranium and plutonium: early 1943 to August 1944; 12. The discovery of spontaneous fission in plutonium and the reorganisation of Los Alamos; 13. Building the uranium bomb: August 1944 to July 1945; 14. Exploring the plutonium implosion weapon: August 1944 to February 1945; 15. Finding the implosion design: August 1944 to February 1945; 16. Building the implosion gadget: March 1945 to July 1945; 17. Critical assemblies and nuclear physics: August 1944 to July 1945; 18. The test at Trinity: January 1944 to July 1945; 19. Delivery: June 1943 to August 1945; 20. The legacy of Los Alamos.
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