Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[science] Question re primitive nuclear weapons

Question for you science and technical types out there: Can the fissiles in a "gun type fission" weapon such as Little Boy be incited to criticality by something as mundane as a gunshot?

This sounds silly to me, but apparently this design was abandoned quite early on for fears that something as prosaic as a plane crash could set off the nuclear explosion. That quite clearly implies that some level of kinetic energy input is a sufficient trigger.
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