[ RadSafe ] Curiosity query
Danny.McClung2 at va.gov
Mon Aug 5 11:31:11 CDT 2013
The components are only mildly radioactive prior to nuclear detonation. Not a lot of shielding required.
It would likely be something small. 10 KT seems a plausible yield.
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Maury
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 12:17 PM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Curiosity query
Can anyone tell me or suggest a link to description of the size and
weight of the radioactive components of the Hiroshima bomb? Also would
like to know weight and size of the shielding required to handle this
material. How did they load this material onto the USS Indianapolis
without lethal irradiation of handlers? Am wondering if these answers
would shed any light on what would be required to attempt a practicable
so-called dirty bomb if not a practicable nuclear weapon.
Seems to me that terrorist groups would be hard pressed to handle a
nuclear weapon even if any of our opponents saw fit to give them one
...? The implication to me is that a dirty bomb of any serious yield
would not be feasible?
Thanks for comments.
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