So right now we have these nukes's with paper thin hollow cores filled with high pressure gas. How is it possible to make something like that?
If it's made with a channel for the gas to go in, then that might lead to asymmetry during detonation. So I reckon the gas would have to go in before the core is built.
Maybe they make the core in a gas tank filled with deuterium tritium atmosphere?
real nuclear bombs are assembled in two halves, and will have a hole in the core to allow for filling with gas or other things (some nukes were filled with ball bearings to prevent accidental implosion and detonation, with the bearings being removed before use). I assume they adjust the design of the explosive lenses to compensate.
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I sure hope there's someone else more advanced out there. If we're the first, the universe is screwed.
I would not assume this blueprint is exactly to spec, however.
Then again, considering how complicated explosive lensing is to begin with, I don't think it takes THAT much more effort to work around a tiny channel for gas.
ETA: you might not even have to work around a tube for gas, explosive lenses are made up of fragments: www.okieboat.com/Copyright%20images/explosive%20lens%20assembly%201024%20C.jpg Just pluck one out, fill some baloon-type internal structure with gas, put it back in. But considering the fact that the Teller-Ulam device seems to hold concentric spheres and forcefields are still largely science fiction, I don't think stuff like baffles and struts hinders nuke design much.
Last Edit: Apr 21, 2017 15:51:22 GMT by darthroach