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In Search of the Big Bang's Energy

... realized immediately that uranium could be used to make an absolute weapon: an atomic bomb. When exploded, a few dozens kilograms of uranium will release an energy that amounts to a few thousand tons of trotyl. Native uranium is a mixture of three isotopes: 238, 235, and 234. Its average content by mass in the earth’s crust is a little over 2/10,000. Pure uranium looks like a piece of steel, but is heavier than any other metal (d=18—19 g/cm 3 ); it can be easily processed; and powdered uranium ...

Modified: 25.10.2007
uranium , AECC , isotope , plant , chemical complex , uranium hexafluoride , USSR , nuclear weapons
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