Liberation of Neutrons in the Nuclear Explosion of Uranium

@article{Halban1939LiberationON,
  title={Liberation of Neutrons in the Nuclear Explosion of Uranium},
  author={HANS H. v. Halban and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Joliot and Lew Kowarski},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1939},
  volume={143},
  pages={470-471}
}
RECENT experiments1,2 have revealed the existence of a new kind of nuclear reaction: neutron bombardment of uranium and thorium loads to an explosion of the nucleus, which splits up into particles of inferior charge and weight, a considerable amount of energy being liberated in this process. Assuming a partition into two particles only, so that the nuclear mass and charge of uranium have to be distributed between two lighter nuclei, the latter contain considerably more neutrons than the… Expand
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