Weapons of Mass Destruction. Prof. Lynn R. Cominsky Department of Physics & Astronomy. Talk Outline. What kills people in wars? What are Weapons of Mass Destruction? Chemical Weapons Sarin Syria Update Nuclear Weapons Fission Fusion Effects Proliferation Some hopeful signs.
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Weapons of Mass Destruction
Prof. Lynn R. Cominsky
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ground level view of Hiroshima cloud
Bridge in Hiroshima
Google Nuclear Weapon Effects Calculator to try it out on your city!
2 electrons (e)
2 protons (p)
2 neutrons (n)
Museum display in NM
Little Boy (Hiroshima 8/6/45)
N. Korea (<15)
2 protons = Z = atomic number
2 neutrons = N
Blowing up cooling tower in June 2008
Targets made of depleted U which will be bombarded by neutrons to make Pu
means of delivery.
months of the conventions entry into force.
Not a real dead sheep
Published due to Wen Ho Lee case
“Using a nuclear reactor to boil water is like using a chain saw to cut butter” – Amory Lovins
(no clear evidence but entirely possible)