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How does a Hydrogen bomb work?
« on: 22/04/2009 21:30:02 »
justin remmell asked the Naked Scientists:
   
How does a Hydrogen bomb work (in detail)?

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How does a Hydrogen bomb work?
« Reply #1 on: 23/04/2009 01:10:28 »
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The presumable structure of a thermonuclear bomb is as follows: at its center is an atomic bomb; surrounding it is a layer of lithium deuteride (a compound of lithium and deuterium, the isotope of hydrogen with mass number 2); around it is a tamper, a thick outer layer, frequently of fissionable material, that holds the contents together in order to obtain a larger explosion. Neutrons from the atomic explosion cause the lithium to fission into helium, tritium (the isotope of hydrogen with mass number 3), and energy. The atomic explosion also supplies the temperatures needed for the subsequent fusion of deuterium with tritium, and of tritium with tritium (50,000,000C and 400,000,000C, respectively). Enough neutrons are produced in the fusion reactions to produce further fission in the core and to initiate fission in the tamper.

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0824719.html
 

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How does a Hydrogen bomb work?
« Reply #2 on: 23/04/2009 13:04:19 »
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The presumable structure of a thermonuclear bomb is as follows: at its center is an atomic bomb; surrounding it is a layer of lithium deuteride (a compound of lithium and deuterium, the isotope of hydrogen with mass number 2); around it is a tamper, a thick outer layer, frequently of fissionable material, that holds the contents together in order to obtain a larger explosion. Neutrons from the atomic explosion cause the lithium to fission into helium, tritium (the isotope of hydrogen with mass number 3), and energy. The atomic explosion also supplies the temperatures needed for the subsequent fusion of deuterium with tritium, and of tritium with tritium (50,000,000C and 400,000,000C, respectively). Enough neutrons are produced in the fusion reactions to produce further fission in the core and to initiate fission in the tamper.

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0824719.html
In addition, there should be an outer layer of conventional explosive which brings together the fissionable material, making it reach the critical mass and so explode.
 

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How does a Hydrogen bomb work?
« Reply #3 on: 23/04/2009 13:20:18 »
Allow me to demonstrate,

First you wack some of this gunk in here. Now mix in some ''owsyerfather' and a bit of 'wasitsname' then connect it up to AAA battery, like this and


Opps, now look what I've gone and done!
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How does a Hydrogen bomb work?
« Reply #4 on: 23/04/2009 13:23:48 »
Brilliant! You're an absolute genius!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 23/04/2009 20:23:56 »
Yes, simpler than what I thought... :)
 

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