Fourth-generation nukes, was Re: CHEM: Nitrogen Buckyball explosives...

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 00:53:37 MDT

See INESAP Technical Report No. 1, Seventh Edition (Sep 2000). The fourth chapter details seven physical processes which
could be used to make low-yield nukes *or* non-fission triggers for theater-range nukes:

1) Subcritical fission-burn
2) Magnetic compression
3) Superheavy elements
4) Antimatter
5) Nuclear isomers
6) Metallic hydrogen
7) Superlasers ( >10^19 W/cm^2 intensities)

The first two are doable RSN: and Los Alamos has already done work on the Arzamas-16 re: HE-driven pure fusion
explosions. Antiproton-triggered subcritical fusion has been studied at Phillips Laboratory. The other ones are farther

I can bring this document if you want to take a look-see. If you don't mind outlining your memoirs. :|

Mike, don't kill the messenger

Spike Jones wrote:
> John Clark wrote:
> > Eugene Leitl <>
> >
> > >pure fusion weapons.
> >
> > Never heard of one, as far as I know they all have fission primers.
> >
> > John K Clark
> Ja, fortunately. If the day ever comes when a fusion weapon can
> be detonated without a fission primer, we might as well start
> writing our memoirs. Guess that could explain why the cosmos
> are not humming with signals, eh? spike

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