USA and Great Britain used trade and internal subversion of the Peronist regime to force Peron to abandon his nuclear project. A report by jealous
rival scientists denounced Richter as a fraud.
The Paperclip file contains a technical evaluation of Dr. Richter’s work dated 3 July 1956. It cites Foreign Service Internal Reports IR-76-56;
IR-79-56, IR-80-56 and IR-145-56.
Dr Richter’s application to work for the USAF in 1956 is discussed in AFR 190-16 (declassified 26 April 1999)
Dr Richter’s concept involved “direct conversion of nuclear energy into radio frequency energy in fission and fusion plasma systems.” The report
mentions that this is the phenomenon known as EMP which knocks out sensitive electronic equipment.
In the letter it relates how Richter revealed in interviews by the USAF that his work derived from his earlier work in Germany in 1944.
He described his concept to the US Air force interviewers as,
...development and testing of highly turbulent magnetic field-controlled fission and fusion plasma systems, Experimental approach to solar flare
conditions and to the explosion tendency of the solar plasma, ultraviolet excess analysis, excitation of space structure by pulsation controlled
plasma implosion, testing the limitations of quantum mechanics and quantum dynamics, Experimental approach to the unified field theory and to the
velocity of propagation of gravity.
Following his application to work for the USAF, Richter was interviewed by Dr Cooper of the Glenn Martin aircraft corporation. Cooper worked through
Dr Hans Multhopp acting as interpreter. Dr Multhopp was an aerodynamics engineer and thus had no background in nuclear physics whatsoever. Dr Cooper,
also an engineer, appears to have been mainly interested whether Richter’s work could be utilised for the engines of nuclear rockets.
Richter was however interviewed by nuclear physicist Dr John Hall a passionate anti nuclear weapons campaigner who helped form the IAEA. In something
of a Fruedian slip admitting his own inability to keep up with and understand Richter’s work, Hall described Richter as a mad genius whose thinking
was years advanced over his fellows. In 1956 John Hall said Richter's mind was way ahead in the year 1970... then in the future. Quite a tribute.
John A Hall noted that he should try to make arrangements for Richter to be interviewed by someone else more familiar with Richter’s specific field
of nuclear physics, thus admitting to his own inability to appraise Richter’s competence.
Richter’s application was finally assessed by Lt Colonel USAF, Virgil N. Nestor assistant Air Attache who lacked any direct personal appreciation of
nuclear physics and was self evidently more concerned by the low esteem held for Dr Richter by the Peronist regime than with the scientific value of
Richter’s work. Lacking any nuclear expertise, or grasp of the topic all that Nestor could grasp was the attacks against Richter’s credibility by
jealous Argentine scientists who were campaigning to remove Richter for the sake of preserving their own personal prestige
What he described to the USAF was a particle accelerator with compression induced chains of self replicating pulsating plasma flows. This was achieved
by injecting Boron and Lithium into plasma shockwaves.
On 21 November 1956 the US Air force officially declined Richter’s application to emigrate to USA and work on nuclear physics for the USAF.
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