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Originally posted by Solarity
This is a really interesting post, I hope someone more experience than me can reply!
Originally posted by Raideur
Hydrogen bombs with none of the radioactive side effect means they can be used liberally without fear of prolonged contamination.
That would sum up the ideal weapon for the military.
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
A pure anti-matter bomb would be able to do that. It would also be far more poweful then any H-bomb of equal size.
The energy from colliding positrons and antielectrons "is 10 billion times ... that of high explosive," Edwards explained in his March speech. Moreover, 1 gram of antimatter, about 1/25th of an ounce, would equal "23 space shuttle fuel tanks of energy." Thus "positron energy conversion," as he called it, would be a "revolutionary energy source" of interest to those who wage war.
It almost defies belief, the amount of explosive force available in a speck of antimatter -- even a speck that is too small to see. For example: One millionth of a gram of positrons contain as much energy as 37.8 kilograms (83 pounds) of TNT, according to Edwards' March speech. A simple calculation, then, shows that about 50-millionths of a gram could generate a blast equal to the explosion (roughly 4,000 pounds of TNT, according to the FBI) at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Originally posted by GrOuNd_ZeRo
I have indeed heard of these hydrogen weapons you mentioned, I know a friend who made miniturized versions of this and he "used" them to "blow-up mailboxes"
Wouldn't weapon treaties still apply for a WMD like this? this IS a weapon that can pottentionally be used for mass-destruction right?
BTW, Mad Scientist, I thought you got banned, did you get unbanned? well good to see you back
Originally posted by mad scientist
PS. You might find this interesting ANTIMATTER Explosive Calculator
Molecular and Metallic Hydrogen
When hydrogen is squeezed by about 1 million atmospheres of pressure, theory says the electrons will start to flow easily, making a good conductor or even a superconductor. This "metallic hydrogen" will, again theoretically, store immense amounts of energy.
Originally posted by slaughterdove
I'm curious about something though... what kind of explosion is an anti-matter blast? Would it look similar to a nuclear blast?
Personally, I hope we never see one!! However, things as they are, it's only a matter of time before some Yahoo figures it out. That said, if it ever gets built, let's test it on the dark side of the moon, or better yet, vaporise the asteroids.
Originally posted by slaughterdove
I'm curious about something though... what kind of explosion is an anti-matter blast? Would it look similar to a nuclear blast? Also, what about radiation from one-- quantitative is what i mean. How much, how long lasting, etc. sorry these are pretty basic questions i feel, but i'm having some difficulties finding this information after quite a few different search techniques.
Originally posted by IAF101
Well Metalic Hydrogen seems to be pointless to me because to compress H at 1 million Atm is simply to expensive when compared to the proportionate amount of TNT. You have said that metallic hydrogen and TNT share a 1:35 relationship in explosive yeild yet the amount of energy required to compress H to 1 million Atm would easily make this process uneconomical when it would be easier to make 35 units of TNT than 1unit of metallic hydrogen.
About the Z-pinch, to be used as a trigger for a nuclear bomb such nanomeshes would need to be mass produced for induction into bombs driving their costs up wildly, it can be done in the future when EMD become common but at this stage it would be very costly.
Also for the Z-feild to collapse with considerable pressure required to start a h bomb wouldnt the amount of current required to be passed be great ?? I dont know the figures but I should think that they are.
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
The 4th generation is not that close... Fusion is 50 years away from here... and another 10 untill the mankind can make bombs from it...