posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 02:57 PM
salted bombs *can* come if 3 flavours :
short term effects (but longer than normal bombs) would have a gold layer - this is also used to enhance the radiation(neutron and xray) as used in
the W71 warhead used in the USA Spartan ABM.
middle term effects , and the prefference for replacing cobalt in the layer would be zinc - the half life is measured in 100`s of days , rather than 5
years for cobalt BUT the radiation intensity is greater than CO-60.
and of course long term effects : Cobalt. Cobalt lasts for years in radioactive form , is very persistant , and resistant to removal , as well as
being a strong emmitter.
more info there.
a `neutron` bomb is a misnomer - all it does is add an outer layer which does not inhibit as much the escaping radiation (in fact it enhances it)- the
material used (as an example gold) also defines the characteristics of the escaping radiation.
so to sum up ; the effects of `salted` nukes last much longer than days/weeks - CO-60 is something like 5 years for beta decay and ZN-65 is something
like 8 months; AU-198 is amoungst the shortest at 3 days.