John von Neumann and Klaus Fuchs: an Unlikely Collaboration

@article{Bernstein2010JohnVN,
  title={John von Neumann and Klaus Fuchs: an Unlikely Collaboration},
  author={Jeremy Bernstein},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  year={2010},
  volume={12},
  pages={36-50}
}
  • J. Bernstein
  • Published 9 March 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics in Perspective
I discuss the origin of the idea of making a fusion (hydrogen) bomb and the physics involved in it, and then turn to the design proposed for one by the unlikely collaborators John von Neumann and Klaus Fuchs in a patent application they filed at Los Alamos in May 1946, which Fuchs passed on to the Russians in March 1948, and which with substantial modifications was tested on the island of Eberiru on the Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific on May 8, 1951. This test showed that the fusion of… 
4 Citations

John Wheeler’s H-bomb blues

In 1953, as a political battle raged over the US’s nuclear future, the eminent physicist lost a classified document, about the hydrogen bomb, on an overnight train from Philadelphia to Washington, DC.

A Complete Bibliography of Publications of John von Neumann

This bibliography records publications of John von Neumann (1903– 1957). Title word cross-reference 1 + 2 [vN51c]. $125 [Lup03]. $19.95 [Kev81]. 2, 000 [MRvN50]. $23.00 [MC00]. $25.00 [Jon04]. $29.95

The secret of the Soviet hydrogen bomb

Was the first Soviet thermonuclear device really a step in the wrong direction? Was the first Soviet thermonuclear device really a step in the wrong direction?

References

FROM THE HISTORY OF PHYSICS: The extraordinarily beautiful physical principle of thermonuclear charge design (on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the test of RDS-37 --- the first Soviet two-stage thermonuclear charge)

On 22 November 1955, the Semipalatinsk test site saw the test of the first domestic two-stage thermonuclear RDS-37 charge. The charge operation was based on the principle of radiation implosion. The