The politics and technology of nuclear proliferation /
Politics and technology intersect in the international effort to prevent nuclear proliferation. Written for scientists, policy makers, journalists, students, and concerned citizens, The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation makes a highly complex subject understandable. This comprehensive...
University of Washington Press,
- 1. Nuclear Confrontation. Dangers during the Cold War. Dangers from New Proliferation. The Threat of Anonymous Attack. Proponents of Proliferation
- 2. Introduction to the Technology. Requirements for Producing a Nuclear Weapon. Nuclear Physics. Sources of Uranium
- 3. Plutonium Production in Nuclear Reactors. Plutonium and Nuclear Weapons. Types of Nuclear Reactors. Reactor Construction by Less-Developed Nations. Chemical Reprocessing of Reactor Fuel. Proliferation Implications. The Threat of Plutonium Theft
- 4. Uranium Enrichment. Separative Work Unit. Electromagnetic Separation. Gaseous-Diffusion Enrichment. Centrifuge Enrichment. Aerodynamic Enrichment. Chemical Enrichment. Laser Separation. Combined Techniques.