The history and background of the atomic bomb research and making

It is the result of a test investigating whether nuclear weapons could be used to excavate canals and harbors. The Potsdam Conference With the Germans sustaining heavy losses in Europe and nearing surrender, the consensus among U.

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Truman had initially tried to create a media blackout about the test—hoping it would not become an issue in the upcoming presidential election—but on January 7, , Truman announced the development of the hydrogen bomb to the world as hints and speculations of it were already beginning to emerge in the press. One of his first tasks was to move the district headquarters to Oak Ridge although the name of the district did not change. Nagasaki had not been the primary target for the second bomb. The size of this area is difficult to estimate, but it will probably cover the centre of a big city. Robbins , and his deputy, Colonel Leslie Groves. Facilities were set up in remote locations in New Mexico , Tennessee and Washington , as well as sites in Canada, for this research and related atomic tests to be performed. Clay , the deputy chief of staff at Services and Supply for requirements and resources, felt that the highest rating he could assign was AA-3, although he was willing to provide a AAA rating on request for critical materials if the need arose. The Potsdam Conference With the Germans sustaining heavy losses in Europe and nearing surrender, the consensus among U. In early Oppenheimer determined that two projects should proceed forwards: the Thin Man project plutonium gun and the Fat Man project plutonium implosion. Early in , the world's scientific community discovered that German physicists had learned the secrets of splitting a uranium atom. The sanitized summary of the wartime effort focused primarily on the production facilities and scale of investment, written in part to justify the wartime expenditure to the American public. The 19 sent to Los Alamos also joined existing groups, primarily related to implosion and bomb assembly, but not the plutonium-related ones. Thanks for watching! The treaty permitted underground tests. Oak Ridge was thus the home of the uranium enrichment plants, K, Y, and S, and the pilot plutonium production reactor, the X Graphite Reactor.

Robert Oppenheimer was put in charge of putting the pieces together at Los Alamos. The Maud Committee was set up following the work of Frisch and Rudolf Peierls who calculated uranium's critical mass and found it to be much smaller than previously thought which meant that a deliverable bomb should be possible.

The history and background of the atomic bomb research and making

The result would be a super-critical mass and an uncontrolled chain reaction that would create the desired explosion. The treaty permitted underground tests. Click on the location for more information. The Manhattan Project also influenced other nuclear programs, not only in the Soviet Union , but in the United Kingdom and in France , among other countries. Robert Oppenheimer at the University of California, Berkeley , participant Edward Teller directed the majority of the discussion towards Enrico Fermi's idea of a "Super" bomb that would use the same reactions that powered the Sun itself. In Dayton, Ohio , the Manhattan Project tasked the Monsanto Chemical Company with separating and purifying the radioactive element polonium Po , which was to be used as the initiator for the atomic bombs. Japan surrendered on August Only Teller continued working on the project—against the will of project leaders Oppenheimer and Hans Bethe. Weapons improvement[ edit ] The introduction of nuclear-tipped rockets, like the MGR-1 Honest John , reflected a change in both nuclear technology and strategy. The Cold War arms race had begun, and nuclear testing and research became high-profile goals for several countries, especially the United States and the Soviet Union. The loss of the American monopoly on nuclear weapons marked the first tit-for-tat of the nuclear arms race. An American program, Project Paperclip , had endeavored to move German scientists into American hands and away from Soviet hands and put them to work for the U. The atomic raids killed at least one hundred thousand Japanese civilians and military personnel outright, with the heat, radiation, and blast effects. Sir John Dill died in Washington, D. He also agreed to coordinate the effort with that of the British, and on 11 October he sent a message to Prime Minister Winston Churchill , suggesting that they correspond on atomic matters.

The Soviets had put their full industrial might and manpower into the development of their own atomic weapons. MAD played on two seemingly opposed modes of thought: cold logic and emotional fear.

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Promoters of the weapon, including Teller, Ernest Lawrence , and Luis Alvarez , argued that such a development was inevitable, and to deny such protection to the people of the United States—especially when the Soviet Union was likely to create such a weapon themselves—was itself an immoral and unwise act. The simplest form of nuclear weapon is a gun-type fission weapon , where a sub-critical mass would be shot at another sub-critical mass. Nagasaki had not been the primary target for the second bomb. Groves was appointed to lead the project. This first device though was arguably not a true hydrogen bomb, and could only reach explosive yields in the hundreds of kilotons never reaching the megaton range of a staged weapon. Because uranium releases more neutrons than it absorbs, it can support a chain reaction and so is described as fissile. Total deaths by the end of may have reached 80, It was thought at the time that a fission weapon would be quite simple to develop and that perhaps work on a hydrogen bomb thermonuclear weapon would be possible to complete before the end of the Second World War. If the attacking nation did not prevent the attacked nation from a nuclear response, the attacked nation would respond with a second strike against the attacking nation. Still, it was a powerful propaganda tool for the Soviet Union, and the technical differences were fairly oblique to the American public and politicians. Fifty Years From Trinity The Seattle Times has created one of the definitive sites examining the development of the atomic bomb. Department of Energy has estimated that after five years there were perhaps , or more fatalities as a result of the bombing, while the city of Hiroshima has estimated that , people were killed directly or indirectly by the bomb's effects, including burns, radiation sickness, and cancer. Massive new physics machines were assembled at secret installations around the United States for the production of enriched uranium and plutonium. It was the first U. The environmental consequences of the Manhattan Project and subsequent cleanup efforts, for example at Hanford and at Oak Ridge, continue today.

It was assumed that the uranium gun-type bomb could then be adapted from it. Roosevelt saw neither the necessity nor the utility for such a project, but agreed to proceed slowly. The world had entered the nuclear age.

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