[ RadSafe ] Neutron Bomb used on Fallujah
alstonchris at netscape.net
alstonchris at netscape.net
Wed Nov 23 18:12:15 CST 2011
Thanks for your usual calm, well informed, and carefully considered discussion of the matter. I might only add that the article is really baffling in that it refers to the U in question as being simultaneously "weapons-grade" and "slightly enriched". These are mutually exclusive characterizations.
> It is sad that people who promote this kind of thing don't bother to> google what they are talking about. A "neutron bomb" isn't some magic> people-killing-building-leaving device; it is a low yield nuclear> weapon, optimized for neutron production. If one had been set off in> Fallujah, everyone who was interested would have known about it, and the> evidence would be incontrovertible.>> The first clues would have been pretty distinctive: the mushroom cloud,> really, REALLY loud explosion and flash (even compared to the other> explosions and flashes) and an electro-magnetic pulse that would have> fried most electronics for miles around. Given that almost every> American in the area was carrying some personal electronics such as cell> phones, computers, GPS units, etc., if there had been an EMP, it would> have been noticed. Someone would have talked. In addition to the US, I> would guess there are at least four countries with satellites that could> detect and identify the EMP from a nuke, and probably as many> corporations (and it may be as high as 10 countries). There would also> be a fairly distinctive blast damage pattern at ground zero.>> Second, given the fairly short range of a neutron dose high enough to be> fatal in the short term (and if you are in the middle of a battle you> don't use thing with latency periods in years or decades, as you want to> kill your targets now, to make them stop shooting at you), the weapon> would have to be detonated fairly close to the ground. This means LOTS> of fallout. Easily detectable levels of short lived isotopes would have> been seen probably a couple thousand miles downwind. No matter which> way the wind was blowing, there are countries that would be willing to> blow the whistle on the event.>> Third, one of the things about neutron bombs is high neutron flux in the> target area (that is the whole point, after all). High neutron flux> means lots of activation of material in that area, with characteristic> isotopes. A lot of them are short lived, but there would be enough to> increase the gamma background, and detectable with a hand held gamma> spec device for quite some time after.>> No, the best explanation for finding U235 in samples is that it is> naturally occurring.>
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