Piles of piles: An inter-country comparison of nuclear pile development during World War II

Por • 30 ene, 2020 • Sección: Ciencia y tecnología

B. Cameron Reed

Between the time of the discovery of nuclear fission in early 1939 and the end of 1946, approximately 90 nuclear piles were constructed in six countries. These devices ranged from simple graphite columns containing neutron sources but no uranium to others as complex as the water-cooled 250-megawatt plutonium production reactors built at Hanford, Washington. This paper summarizes and compares the properties of these piles.

arXiv:2001.09971v1 [physics.hist-ph]

History and Philosophy of Physics (physics.hist-ph)

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