Manhattan Project (1942-1946)
. Historic, unique Manhattan Project footage from Los Alamos by
Los Alamos National Lab
Mostly the daily life part of things, but very good, includes subtitles explaining the people and places shown.
Marked with identifier "
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Einstein-Szilard letter (1939-08-02)
Chicago Pile-1 (1942-12-02)
The first human-made
nuclear chain reaction
. Getting funding for the
Web of Stories
the main cost for the reactor was the
. Presumably they already had the
in hand?. Edit, no, it is because it was a specialized graphite:
Video 2. "German graphite from The Genius Behind the Bomb (1992)"
from The Genius Behind the Bomb (1992)
. Graphite was expensive because it had to be
. But a
process was the main way to make
. This type of pure graphite is known as
The lab that made
, located in the
University of Chicago
. Metallurgical in this context basically as in "working with the metals
Given their experience, they also designed the important
X-10 Graphite Reactor
which were built in other locations.
Trinity (nuclear test, 1945-07-16, first nuclear weapon detonated)
Nuclear weapon test
Its plutonium was produced at
. Trinity Test Preparations by AtomicHeritage (2016)
. Appears to be a compilation of several videos, presumably each with their own separate
, though these are not noted. Credited: "Video courtesy of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Archives", TODO how to search that archive online?
: Getting The Job Done.
. Good video, clarifies several interesting technical points:
Gun-type fission weapon
were much easier to build as you don't need super synchronized charges as in
implosion-type fission weapon
. But they are less efficient.
make much more efficient usage of
, because you don't need to highly enrich a bunch of
in the first place, but rather just use way less enriched
to produce a bunch of
American nuclear weapons program
Nuclear weapons program
Los Alamos Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
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