1946 to 1949: Exploring Thermonuclear Weapons

1946 to 1949: Exploring Thermonuclear Weapons

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Test at Bikini

May 21, 1946

Louis Slotin receives a lethal dose of radiation while conducting an experiment placing 2 half-spheres of beryllium around a plutonium core. The screwdriver separating the half-spheres slipped, causing the halves to touch and the plutonium to go supercritical, emitting high levels of radiation.

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