posted on May, 5 2013 @ 09:58 PM
I have heard several sources claim the existence of mininukes. The physics argues against their existence. One must achieve a rapid neutron chain
reaction to create an atomic bomb. The size of the critical mass without compression maybe around 100 lbs U235, 50 lbs plutonium. take two pieces of
less than critical, mash together, the neutron chain reaction takes over accelerates and boom. one neutron strikes another nucleon and it fissions,
generating 2 neutrons. etc etc at near light speed... Now, the time between generations of neutrons is determined by the distance between the U235
nuclei. SO, and I approximately quote Ted Taylor, Atomic bomb maker from Los Alamos 40 years ago...Dont squeeze it. Hammer it. An atomic bomb can
be made from fissionable material the size of a stick of chewing gum.
If you hammer a few ounces of U235 hard enough, the nuclei are close enough together for a chain reaction to occur. Rather quickly.
So If there are mininukes... the size of a baseball perhaps.. how do you compress the U235 or plutonium to what, maybe 1 100drth of its normal
size????? Recall those Coulomb forces pushing the nucleons apart...and where went the electrons, making the normal rest mass of the U235 occupy 100
times the space?
If there are mini nukes, the above problem has been solved. I do not think so. But then Ted was working on it along time ago...and published his
ideas in the New Yorker. Maybe that is where Sam Cohen got his idea for the Neutron bomb, and a richly deserved Nobel Prize... eliminates people, not