A4_5 Nuclear Explosion

Elsa Monget, Peter Millington-Hotze, Alex Blewitt, Josh Finn, Joshua Ford


Nuclear atomic bombs release a large amount of energy when they explode (through uncontrolled fission). They go through a chain reaction where the splitting of uranium atoms induce further splitting. The aim of this paper was to calculate the amount of energy released if all the nuclear bombs in the world were to explode together. We found a lower boundary of 2.586×10^19 J would be released, assuming that every warhead is involved in the same continuous chain reaction.

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