posted on Jul, 9 2011 @ 12:54 AM
Originally posted by KnightwhosaysNi
Most excellent thread and content! S&F! In regards to HMX and heptonitrocubane, they still stand as the most explosive SUBSTANCE(at least in the
"man-made" context), because it's superior(anti-matter) is not man-made(it does occur naturally, even on earth...though in very small, inconspicuous
I'm not sure heptonitrocubane is the top of the heap any more, the Sandia "no maintenance" bomb uses the new metal/halogen nanocomposite explosives
instead. They have unbelievably high energy/unit volume. And while some radioactive decay processes do produce antimatter naturally, you can also make
some for your own, they do it at CERN all the time.
However, having said that, the reaction between anti-matter and matter is singley THE MOST VIOLENT reaction in the Universe. Just a couple atoms,
followed by the ensuing chain reaction, will level a city.
Not at all. While it's got the biggest bang, a couple of atoms wouldn't be much of a bang. There's no "ensuing chain reaction", it's just MC^2 for the
energy output, although you get most of it as gamma radiation.
ETA: if you were of the persuasion that they exist, nuclear isomer explosives would most definitely kick ass too - somewhere below matter-antimatter
but above, say, any chemical reaction by about 4 orders of magnitude
edit on 9-7-2011 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)