The plots thicken
A couple of weeks ago the Associated Press ran a story that seemed to confirm the world’s fears about Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. Central to the story was a plot (shown here) that showed, over a period of a few microseconds, energy and power output from a nuclear weapon. While everyone seems to agree that Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon, calculations such as those plotted in this graph are an important (dare I say “critical”?) step in the process of designing these devices. And the scale on the axes was certainly thought-provoking – the right axis showed an energy of 50 kT; more than three times the energy released by the Hiroshima device. According to this plot, not only was Iran developing nuclear weapons, but they were looking at something with the output of our second-generation (i.e. post-WW II) nuclear weapons.
AP EXCLUSIVE: GRAPH SUGGESTS IRAN WORKING ON BOMB
VIENNA (AP) — Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.
The diagram was leaked by officials from a country critical of Iran’s atomic program to bolster their arguments that Iran’s nuclear program must be halted before it produces a weapon. The officials provided the diagram only on condition that they and their country not be named.