Critical Assembly: A Technical History of Los Alamos During the Oppenheimer Years, 1943-1945

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Cambridge University Press, 28 mai 1993 - 509 pages
This volume is a lucid and accurate history of the technical research that led to the first atomic bombs. The authors explore how the "critical assembly" of scientists, engineers, and military personnel at Los Alamos, responding to wartime deadlines, collaborated to create a new approach to large-scale research. The book opens with an introduction laying out major themes. After a synopsis of the prehistory of the bomb project, from the discovery of nuclear fission to the start of the Manhattan Engineer District, and an overview of the early materials program, the book examines the establishment of the Los Alamos Laboratory, the implosion and gun assembly programs, nuclear physics research, chemistry and metallurgy, explosives, uranium and plutonium development, confirmation of spontaneous fission in pile-produced plutonium, the thermonuclear bomb, critical assemblies, the Trinity test, and delivery of the combat weapons.
 

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Introduction
1
19331943
12
19331943
24
June 1942 to March 1943
40
April to September 1943
67
at a party at the Big House
85
September 1943
91
September 1943 to August 1944
111
August 1944 to July 1945
249
August 1944 to February 1945
267
August 1944 to February 1945
293
March 1945 to July 1945
315
August 1944
335
January 1944 to July 1945
350
June 1943 to August 1945
378
Waldman
391

September 1943
129
September 1943
163
September 1943
178
and Paul Teller
180
Early 1943 to August 1944
205
The Discovery of Spontaneous Fission in Plutonium and the Reorganization of Los Alamos
228
Epilogue
398
ArmyNavy E Award
401
Notes
418
Name Index
493
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