John von Neumann and Klaus Fuchs: an Unlikely Collaboration

  title={John von Neumann and Klaus Fuchs: an Unlikely Collaboration},
  author={J. Bernstein},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  • J. Bernstein
  • Published 2010
  • Physics
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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