1931 Deuterium

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Harold Urey, George M. Murphy, Ferdinand Brickwedde chemistry


Naming deuterium

Operation Gunnerside

Ordinary hydrogen, lacking neutrons, does not initiate fusion in a nuclear bomb. When an initial nuclear explosion bombards cryogenic hydrogen or lithium deuteride, it produces tritium, and the deuterium and tritium engage in thermonuclear fusion, creating hydrogen-4 and releasing tremendous energy.

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