DeVolpi, A. Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois.
- Fusion-boosted weapons
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A device in which an uncontrolled, self-sustaining, thermonuclear fusion reaction is carried out in heavy hydrogen (deuterium or tritium) to produce an explosion. In a fusion reaction, the collision of two energy-rich nuclei results in a mutual rearrangement of their protons and neutrons to produce two or more reaction products, together with a release of energy of amount E given by A. Einstein's formula E = mc2, where m is the mass difference between the original and produced nuclei, and c is the velocity of light. See also: Nuclear fusion; Thermonuclear reaction
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