Was an atomic bomb the same as being in the nuclear age?
the atomic bomb was the means by which we entered the nuclear age. the atomic bomb is a tool, the nuclear age is a period of time.
Only in that to make plutonium or tritium for nuclear bombs youneed a reactor. While the reactors that make these materials canalso be used to generate electricity, they usually don't. Also thetypes of reactors usually used to generate electricity are notusually designed to efficiently make these ma…terials. (MORE)
A nuclear bomb and an atomic bomb are virtually synonymous. The twoterms are both used to refer to a nuclear weapon. Even Wikipediaagrees. The use of either term as a search argument redirects theanswer to the article Nuclear Weapon. A link is provided. from benjaminmarkiewicz that dont make any s…ense a nuclear bombs blow travels 100s of milesand is more powerful cause its the newly invented bomb and theatomic bombs blow travel is under a nuclear bombs travel rate (MORE)
They have a starter in a bomb and what this will do is shoot a neutron in the nuclear fuel starting a chain reaction
blast , pressure wave, strong winds, ground shock . thermal flash , electromagnetic radiation infrared . prompt radiation , electromagnetic radiation fromvisible light to gamma rays, neutrons . delayed radiation , fallout mostly from fissionproducts but also some due to neutron activation as well… as anyleftover uranium or plutonium from the bomb, alpha, beta, gammarays . firestorm , enormous fire that sucks oxygen fromshelters and creates its own weather . EMP , only significant for high yield bombs explodedwithin the ionosphere, severely damages or destroys electrical andelectronic systems (especially semiconductor based electronics) forseveral hundred miles around ground zero . etc. (MORE)
fusion can be used in several ways: . external electronic neutron sources, uses a miniaturizedparticle accelerator with tritium gas to produce a burst ofneutrons to initiate fission at the best time for desiredyield . boosting, injects a controlled amount of deuterium and/ortritium gas into a hol…low core, when the device is detonated thisundergoes fusion producing a large burst of neutrons increasing thefission efficiency; this permits either a reduction in amount offissile material required or an increase in yield or both; thisalso permits dial-a-yield bombs having selectable variableyield . staged fusion, a bomb permitting unlimited theoreticalyield ; also commonly called the hydrogen bomb (MORE)
nothing, the terms are interchangeable. They get their energy from the atomic nucleus . However there are two different ways to get this energy: fission & fusion. . fission involves splitting large nuclei into smaller ones . fusion involves joining small nuclei making larger ones While the… first nuclear explosives were pure fission, almost all modern nuclear explosives use some mixture of both techniques to optimize the device for task and costs. (MORE)
Both are the same thing a nuclear bomb is a chain reaction of usually uranium atoms colliding with each other causing massive damage. yes, that is correct but nuclear kills more belive it or not so dont cry to me when you see the japs come bomb us.
In the so-called "hydrogen bomb" or fusion bomb ,yes, there is energy released from the same reaction (hydrogenfusing to helium) as in the Sun. However, many if not most atomic bombs are fissionbombs that do not involve fusion. In a fission bomb, thenuclei of uranium atoms are split, converting …some of their mass toenergy. All current fusion bombs include fission reactions to trigger thegreater energy release from fusion. But most of the energy in verylarge fission-fusion bombs comes from a third-stage reaction: thefusion causes an exceptionally powerful fission reaction in auranium shell around the bomb. This called a Teller-Ulam device orfission-fusion-fission bomb. (MORE)
Yes. Atomic power was the term used back in the 40's and 50's but we talk of nuclear power nowadays, which is more correct.
many, some are the fuel, some are in the electronics, some are in the case, etc. each has different purposes.
The only weapon I can imagine this referring to was Greek fire. It was hardly an atom bomb, however. In one form it was an incendiary bomb that could be thrown by a catapult. In another, it was a flame thrower.
The terms "atomic bomb" and "nuclear bomb" are general terms and can pretty much be used interchangeably. That said, there isn't any difference between them, and one is not more powerful than the other in that light.
There isn't much difference in these terms. Both refer to nuclear weapons, and they are general terms that can pretty much be used interchangeably.
Yes, both atomic bombs and nuclear bombs are names for bombs that take their energy from the atomic nucleus . These names are interchangeable. However they can obtain this energy by fission, fusion, or some combination. In Fission bombs the energy comes from breaking up large atoms, like Uranium …and Plutonium, into smaller atoms. In Fusion bombs the energy comes from joining up small atoms, like Deuterium and Tritium, into bigger ones. Fusion bombs are sometimes referred to as Thermonuclear bombs, because it takes very high temperatures (about 10 million K) to ignite the reaction. (MORE)
Nuclear Devices aren't being used in Iraq and Afghanistan and probably won't be used due to the amount of innocent civilians that might be harmed if a nuclear device is used because terrorists from al-queda and the taliban are hiding and operating among civilians to prevent the coalition forces of u…sing the nuclear devices from being used against them hindering them incapable to launch them and put them in use. (MORE)
Atomic bombs use nuclear fission to cause near perpetual chains of reactions. Nuclear warheads (Nukes) just sums up all the different types, including hydrogen bombs (which use nuclear fusion, a much more potent type of power) and atomic bombs. So yes, they are the same.
What about them? They are the same thing: bombs that get their energy from the atomic nucleus . However there are two kinds: fission (breaking up large nuclei into smaller ones) and fusion (joining small nuclei into larger ones). The fusion type are often called thermonuclear because it takes ver…y high temperature to ignite the reaction (about 10 million K). (MORE)
\nNuclear bombs before the 60s were referred to as atom bombs, because the term Nuclear hadn't been discover yet. Nuclear bombs today, are generally Hydrogen bombs, or fusion bombs. They are significantly more powerful, able to places about the size of Rhode Island. Atom bombs,which were mostly uran…ium and plutonium, lack the destructive power of Nuclear or Fusion bombs. (MORE)
Hydrogen bombs, or thermonuclear explosives, are one form of nuclear weapon, gaining a tremendous increase in explosive power from the fusion of atoms. This is the opposite of the fission reaction, which generates energy by splitting a larger atom into smaller ones. But the fusion bombs currently us…ed require a fission trigger, which means they still produce radioactive fallout, just less for the equivalent energy yield. (MORE)
Atomic bombs release energy in two ways. One is a fission bomb where the nucleus of a large atom is split into smaller parts. The amount of energy in the original atom is greater than the energy stored in the small pieces. This is the energy released. Atoms larger than iron can release energy when t…hey are split up.. The other is fusion or thermonuclear. It is called "thermo" because it needs to be very hot for it to happen. This is where the nucleus of two small atoms like hydrogen (deuterium H-2 or Tritium H-3) are joined together. The energy of the single hydrogen atoms is greater than the combined pieces. This is the type of nuclear reaction that occurs in the sun that provides us with sunlight and warmth. Atoms smaller than iron can release energy when they are joined together.. The energy released in both types of bomb comes from the atom's nucleus, therefore the word nuclear. (MORE)
An atomic bomb works by forcing two pieces of radioactive material together, resulting in a chain fission reaction. This reaction releases an enormous amount of energy in a very short time creating a massive explosion. Hence, atomic bombs are primarily dangerous because of their powerful blast wave …and the extreme heat of the explosion. Additionally, radioactive particles are released into the air by the blast. These particles continue to emit dangerous gamma rays causing radiation sickness and water and food contamination. Nuclear power plants do not hold enough radioactive material to create an explosion so there is NO POSSIBILITY of the plant exploding. However, if the plant were to be poorly maintained, a "melt-down" could occur. In this case, the nuclear reactions would become too hot for the enclosing structure to contain and the facility would begin to melt, causing fires and allowing the release of radioactive particles. It is very difficult to stop a melt-down and containment is the best solution. This is what happened at the disaster of Chernobyl in the Soviet Union (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster). No other such case has ever occured although there was a scare at Three Mile Island (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident). (MORE)
Both basically are the same, they can be fission or fusion bombs like Uranium,Plutonium and Hydrogen bombs. A general description would be that atomic bombs are fission bombs. Nuclear bombs are fusion bombs. Fusion bombs are more powerful weight for weight
actually, they are both the same thing, nuclear bomb is just a more modern saying of an atomic bomb.
No, I don't believe so anyway. You see, an Atomic Bomb has an explosion made of the ripping of atoms whereas a nuclear bomb is either a Fission or Fusion reaction(fission=the splitting of molecules/fusion=the joining of atoms to create molecules)Ex. The sun is a giant nuclear explosion/reaction when… the atoms of Uranium molecules separate to make a fission reaction and those same atoms join with other atoms to make a fusion reaction and recreating molecules to procede to the fission stage where the process is redone again and again and... etc. Fun Fact: Only two atomic bombs have been dropped one on Hiroshima and one on Nagasaki No nuclear bombs have ever been dropped in war. -Zazzer acc;) . The above is one of the most confused explanations/understandings I have ever seen. For one thing "ripping of atoms" is confused, it really is just a way of saying fission yet its use implies something different from and probably weaker than fission is happening. Molecules are not involved here either, only atomic nuclei (this is a serious confounding of chemical reactions and nuclear reactions, which happen in entirely different parts of atoms and involve about three orders of magnitude difference in energy). Another thing the reaction in the sun does not involve uranium, the sun (as any star) only operates on fusion and at its current stage of life can only fuse hydrogen into helium. There is no such thing as a fission-fusion... and repeat cycle in any star. No star can ever produce elements large enough and heavy enough to fission, only supernova explosions are powerful enough to do that. The two Fission bombs dropped on Japan in the war could equally validly be called Atomic bombs or Nuclear bombs. Atomic and Nuclear are basically interchangeable terms in this area. Both refer to energy obtained from the binding energy of atomic nuclei. There are two types of reactions involved: . Fission - breaking of large heavy atomic nuclei into smaller lighter ones. . Fusion - combining of small light atomic nuclei into larger heavier ones. From the 1945 Trinity test through 1951 all atomic/nuclear bombs were Fission bombs. After the 1952 Ivy Mike test, atomic/nuclear bombs could be Fusion bombs. However a Fusion bomb is very complex, needing at minimum: . A Fission bomb trigger stage to generate x-rays to drive the implosion of the Fusion stage. . A rod shaped Fission bomb "sparkplug" the length of the Fusion stage to ignite fusion at maximum compression of the Fusion stage. . A cylindrical Fusion bomb stage. . A cylindrical metal tamper around the bomb to hold it together for a few extra microseconds, to keep the reaction going and get a good yield. (Note: this tamper is usually made of depleted uranium because of its high density. however a depleted uranium tamper is able to absorb the high energy fusion neutrons and fission, making it responsible for about 90% of the yield and fallout of such bombs.) Therefor a typical Fusion bomb is really a fission-fission-fusion-fission bomb. Most modern Fusion bombs improve the efficiency of and miniaturize the fission trigger by using a hollow core deuterium/tritium gas fusion booster design. A Fusion bomb designed this way is really a fission/fusion-fission-fusion-fission bomb. All currently operating atomic/nuclear reactors are Fission reactors. Work has been going on since the early 1950s to make a Fusion reactor (as it should be cleaner and its fuel is more available), but none has reached "breakeven" (ability to generate enough energy to operate itself) let alone generate enough excess energy to operate as a powerplant. BTW, the "Fun Fact" is also completely false and confused. Many many atomic bombs have been dropped from airplanes or fired as missile warheads, beginning in 1945 and ending in either 1961 or 1962. The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were thee only ones actually used in war. Please excuse my "micro-thesis" on the subject, but there were so many things needing correction and/or clarification. (MORE)
the US army headed a secret team of scientists called the Manhattan project - they did the science, developed the ideas and worked with engineers to make the first atomic bomb on 1944-1945.
Yes, they both are a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission.
Yes, both atomic and nuclear describe what mechanism causes an explosion. It is causes by atoms decaying, or the nucleus being split apart and releasing energy. . More exactly, a nuclear weapon is one which derives its power from energy released by breaking intra-nuclear bonds (i.e. the ener…gy that holds neutrons and protons together inside an atom's nucleus). There are four types (currently) of nuclear weapons: An atomic bomb is more properly called a fission weapon, in that it derives power from splitting a heavy element (usually U-238 or P-239) into smaller elements. A thermonuclear bomb is one that relies on fusion , where lightweight elements (isotopes of Hydrogen) are pushed together. Currently, all such weapons require a small atomic bomb to act as the trigger for the fusion reaction, but the vast majority of their yield is from fusion. A hybrid weapon, also called a fission-fusion-fission weapon, is a thermonuclear bomb wrapped in a uranium shell to boost the yield by using escaping neutrons from the fusion reaction to ignite the uranium shell's fission. A boosted atomic weapon is a normal atomic bomb which has gaseous tritium (a hydrogen isotope) injected just prior to detonation. This gas undergoes fusion, increasing the yield of the weapon. (MORE)
No. The bomb is the actual device that is dropped from a specific height in the air. The blast occurs before it hits the ground. I am sure you have seen pictures of the mushroom cloud. Well, the blast was before that. It was a bright flash that could blind a person.
No. A nuclear missile is a rocket of some kind with anatomic/nuclear bomb as its warhead.
Atomic bombs, as they were called in the 40s, are nuclear weapons which use the properties of radioactive material to create an extremely powerful explosion. The explosion involves a huge release of energy and very damaging radiation. Look up "atom bombs" and you are likely to find a range of expla…nations. (MORE)
Atom or atomic bomb is an older term. The modern term is Nuclear Weapon or Nuclear Device. Then of course there are Thermonuclear weapons (typically these are the large strategic nukes), which are also called "Hydrogen Bombs". These typically consist of a primary or trigger, which is basically a …small nuclear weapon. This tiny nuke sets off a larger secondary inside the weapon which causes a fusion reaction and a very large explosion. (MORE)
This is a very simplistic answer: A Hydrogen Bomb is a type of nuclear bomb. It uses hydrogen fusion (combining atoms) to release the nuclear energy. The first "atomic" bombs used uranium or plutonium fission (splitting atoms) to release nuclear energy. So they are nuclear weapons also.
No, a nuclear bomb is simply a radioactive core that is detonated via nuclear fission. In simpler terms, the radioactive element's atoms are split, which causes a chain reaction releasing an intense amount of radiation and energy. A hydrogen bomb, on the other hand, uses a nuclear bomb to detonate h…ydrogen, which, during the "explosion", although that is not exactly what it is, is ignited and ignites releasing more energy than a nuclear bomb. A hydrogen bomb has never been used during warfare because nuclear weapons were outlawed during the Geneva Conventions (Protocol I Articles 51 and 54, which state that indiscriminate attacks, or attacks that target civilians or indirectly kill mass numbers of civilians, are considered a war crime). (MORE)
Yes and no. They are much smaller physically, typically higher yield, cheaper to build, and instead of being purely fission most use various mixtures of fission and fusion to meet their goals of yield, size, cost, etc.
No. A lahar carries far less power than a nuclear bomb. However,large explosive eruptions, which can lead to lahars, can be asstrong as or stronger than a nuclear explosion.
You are confused, a nuclear bomb is a general name covering both "atomic bomb" and "hydrogen bomb". A hydrogen bomb is typically higher yield than an atomic bomb, although it is possible to design very small low yield hydrogen bombs for special purposes that have lower yield than "typical" atomic …bombs. However for "typical" hydrogen bombs their yield is roughly 1000 times the yield of a "typical" atomic bomb. (MORE)
The two basically mean the same thing. Some people use the term"atomic" to refer to a pure fission bomb, and "nuclear" to refer tote more powerful fusion bomb. Also there are modern compact fusion bombs with lower yield thanmany older pure fission bombs that used to be stockpiled. In thiscase the fi…ssion bomb could cause more damage, but damage magnitudewas not the goal, reduced cost and small size for a given amount ofdamage was the goal. (MORE)
There are many types of nuclear radiation that have nothing to do with bombs, reactors, etc. In fact most radioactive material on earth was formed in supernovas billions of years before our solar system even formed. The materials used to make the active components of nuclear explosives are radioac…tive, however the designers of such explosives state that this radioactivity actually makes it harder to build reliable explosives. This radioactivity causes predetonation fizzles in fission bomb designs and aging/wear-out problems in all bomb designs. Another problem with radioactivity in nuclear weapons is the exposure hazard to personnel. For example the US Navy uses what is called Super Grade Plutonium, that has much less Plutonium-240 which is a strong gamma emitter than standard weapons Plutonium, in all their weapons that is very expensive to make. The principles used in nuclear explosives are nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. (MORE)
No, an atomic bomb uses fission, but a nuclear or thermonuclear bomb combines fission and nuclear fusion. Therefore, a nuke is more powerful than an atom bomb.
Basically the same thing. The 2 types of atomic/nuclear bombs are: . Fission - works by breaking large heavy nuclei into smaller ones. . Fusion - works by combining small light nuclei into bigger ones. Fusion is commonly considered worse because it has no yield ceiling, just add more stages w…ith more fuel to get any yield you want. Fission has a yield ceiling of about 1Mton, anything larger would melt as soon as it was armed and give almost no yield. However practically all modern atomic/nuclear bombs are some mix of fission and fusion, depending on the bomb's requirements. (MORE)
You mean what triggers the fission chain reaction? The atomic bomb that was dropped on hiroshima was a gun style fission bomb that used a uranium-235 core. The core consisted of two hemispheres of U-235 on each side of a tube, with an explosive that would push them together. When they collide, th…ey reach the critical mass for an uncontrolled chain reaction and nuclei start to split and release neutrons which will collide with other nuclei and split them as well. The explosive used to trigger the reaction is triggered by a detonator. (MORE)
Both words are technically interchangeable, so your question cannot be answered as written. Perhaps you meant which is bigger fission or fusion bomb? Define bigger: size or yield? The biggest bombs ever built in both size and yield have been fusion. But many modern fission bombs are bigger physi…cally than fusion bombs with bigger yield and some fission bombs have bigger yield than some fusion bombs. Confused? It all depends on purpose. (MORE)
because it is small is fusable and fissable. Further answer It's not used for all atom bombs. In fact the first ones weren't. Uranium and plutonium were the elements used. They were fissile, i.e. capable of sustaining a chain reaction when they split into other elements. More recently hydrogen… was used but this time is fuses to form another element (helium) with a very large release of energy. (MORE)
Yes and no: . nuclear fusion makes hydrogen bombs possible . an actual hydrogen bomb is a rather complex device, involving both nuclear fission and nuclear fusion triggering each other in a precisely timed sequence. Most hydrogen bombs derive 90% of their yield from nuclear fission, almost all o…f this is from fission of uranium-238 in the tamper around the last fusion stage caused by high energy (15 MeV) fusion neutrons. Hydrogen bombs operate on a fission-fusion-fission sequence. The full process of a typical modern hydrogen bomb goes something like this: . The X-Unit (master timing controller) fires 32 detonators on the explosive lenses of the fission primary stage. . The explosive lenses create an implosion shock wave which crushes the hollow tritium gas filled sealed pit made of plutonium to about 1/3 its normal size (about 27 times its normal density and very supercritical). . The X-Unit fires the electrical neutron source (a miniature particle accelerator accelerating tritium ions). The fusion of these tritium ions fires neutrons through the supercritical plutonium core. . Fission begins in the primary stage core. . When the compressed tritium gas in the sealed pit inside the primary core is heated enough by fission, fusion begins in the center of the primary stage core. . Neutrons from the tritium fusion in the center of the primary core "boosts" the fission of the plutonium of the primary core. . X-rays from the primary stage travel through the radiation channel from the primary stage to the cylindrical secondary stage and down its length. . The x-rays cause a radiation implosion of the secondary stage, compressing it rapidly to very high density. . Neutrons from the primary stage travel to the "sparkplug", a rod of plutonium in the center of the secondary stage and running its length, which by this time the radiation implosion has compressed to supercriticality. . The "sparkplug" fissions , emitting neutrons into the lithium deuteride layer of the secondary around the "sparkplug". The lithium captures these neutrons and produces tritium, resulting in a deuterium tritium fusion fuel mix. . The "sparkplug" continues fissioning, pushing out against the radiation implosion. This combined inward and outward pressure compresses and heats the deuterium tritium fusion fuel mix until fusion begins in the secondary stage. . High energy (15 MeV) neutrons from the secondary stage fusion cause fission in the uranium-238 tamper surrounding the secondary. How many fissions and fusions was that now? (MORE)
This question makes no sense as an atomic bomb is a nuclear bomb and vice versa. They are the same thing.
The terms atomic bomb and nuclear bomb are interchangeable as both obtain their energy from the atomic nucleus . So neither is bigger. There are two processes to get the energy for a bomb out of the atomic nucleus : . fission, the breaking up of large nuclei into smaller ones . fusion, …the joining of small nuclei together into larger ones. Pure fission bombs have a practical yield limit between 500 KTons and 1 MTon because of criticality limits: too much fuel in the bomb will cause it to " predetonate " and melt before it can be delivered to a target. Fusion bombs do not have this limit: you can put as much fuel as you want to get as high a yield as you might like. However no modern nuclear weapon is pure fission or pure fusion, the processes are mixed in a variety of ways to get the exact effects desired, in the package size desired, at the production cost desired. Therefore some fission bombs are higher yield than some fusion bombs and vice versa. (MORE)
They are the same kind of bomb: bombs that derive their energy from the atomic nucleus . It just depends on design and how much of the design yield is from fission or from fusion. Pure fission bombs cannot be built with yields above 1 megaton, but including some fusion the theoretical yield is unli…mited. However considering mission, construction costs, size limits, etc. it is usually more practical to build low yield bombs that are part fission part fusion than to try to build high yield bombs of either type. The lowest yield nuclear bomb tested was the US Davy Crocket at 10 tons yield, the highest yield nuclear bomb tested was the USSR Tsar Bomba at 52 to 58 megatons yield (depending on method of measurement). Both were part fission part fusion designs, although the designs were obviously very different: the Davy Crocket was almost entirely fission yield, the Tsar Bomba was over 95% fusion yield and generated the least fallout per kiloton yield of any nuclear bomb detonated in the atmosphere. (MORE)
Technically yes, as both obtain their energy from the binding energy of the atomic nucleus . There are two different types of mechanism of these bombs: . fission bombs, these bombs obtain their energy by splitting very massive atoms up into lighter atoms. These are commonly called atom bombs. …. fusion bombs, these bombs obtain their energy by joining very light atoms together into heavier atoms. These are commonly called hydrogen bombs. But either can equally validly be called either nuclear bombs or atom bombs. (MORE)
fission is the nuclear reaction that makes both bombs and reactors possible. . if a mass of fissile material is subcritical, its neutron multiplication factor is less than 1 and any chain reaction started in it will die out with only a small release of heat and radiation. . if a mass of fissile …material is exactly critical, its neutron multiplication factor is exactly 1 and a chain reaction started in it will be sustained at a constant rate. this can be used as a nuclear reactor. . if a mass of fissile material is supercritical, its neutron multiplication factor is greater than 1 and a chain reaction started in it will accelerate out of control until it either melts (a fizzle) or explodes (a detonation). this can be used as a bomb. to make a nuclear bomb you also need 2 other things: . a rapid assembly system using chemical explosives to convert a subcritical mass to a supercritical mass fast enough to prevent a fizzle caused by either stray neutrons or spontaneous fission. . a neutron source to fire neutrons into the resulting supercritical mass at the optimal time to get an explosion of the desired yield. advancing or retarding the firing of the neutron source will reduce yield from the maximum possible with a given design. (MORE)
I am not sure what is meant by the phrase faster energy . As far as the difference. A nuclear bomb can refer to a fission device (also known as atomic bomb). Or it can be a thermonuclear device (combining both fission and fusion reactions), which yields a larger blast energy from the same amount of… material. For some reason, links are not allowed to be added right now, so go to Wikipedia and type in "Nuclear Weapon" for more information. (MORE)