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408 - Physics Package
Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Nuclear weapons contain a physics package: the actual bomb parts. This is about as close as we will ever get to seeing one. They are obviously very top secret. Here we see a smaller part, and a bigger part. In this tiny space is a powerful (and more importantly very hot) boosted fission bomb, and a fusion bomb. The fission bomb creates a massive amount of ablation pressure (burning a layer off quickly) on or above the order of millions of pounds per square inch. Yes thats right, a large building on every square inch. This pressure forces a heavy tamper material to rocket inward, and compresses Lithium-Deuterium fuel to start fusion. This tiny package is very heavy: probably 300 - 600 lbs.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, October 22, 2008  
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