Explosive properties of reactor-grade plutonium

  title={Explosive properties of reactor-grade plutonium},
  author={J. C. Mark and F. Hippel and E. Lyman},
  journal={Science \& Global Security},
The following discussion focuses on the question of whether a terrorist organization or a threshold state could make use of plutonium recovered from light-water-reactor fuel to construct a nuclear explosive device having a significantly damaging yield. Questions persist in some nonproliferation policy circles as to whether a bomb could be made from reactor-grade plutonium of high burn-up, and if so, whether the task would be too difficult for a threshold state or terrorist group to consider… Expand

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