fission bomb

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  • noun

Synonyms for fission bomb

a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)

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To quote Rhodes again: "The theoretical complexity of what came to be known as the Super challenged Teller as the fission bomb had not.
Teller's interest in the possibility of a fusion bomb was first piqued by Enrico Fermi, who suggested, in the fall of 1941 that the heat from a fission bomb might produce a fusion reaction in deuterium.
After all the technique has been around all this century because its lethal effect on micro-organisms was discovered early on, and after the development of the nuclear fission bomb during the Second World War much effort was put into checking the biological effects that might ensue from an atomic explosion.
He has also pointed to the fact that the shaft with the hydrogen bomb device had remained intact, in contrast to the fission bomb, one which had produced a crater some 35m wide.
MAUD Committee is formed, headed by Sir Henry Tizard, to work out the basic principles of fission bomb design.
Of the two larger explosions, it was claimed one was of an improved fission bomb and the other was a thermonuclear device," Iyengar wrote.
Reports say that Israel has at its disposal material for roughly 20 hydrogen bombs and 200 fission bombs.