AUTHORBarschall, Henry H.
TITLEReminiscences of the Early Days of Fission
PERIODICAL TITLEPhysics Today
DATE PUBLISHED1987
VOLUME NUMBER40
ISSUE NUMBER6 (June)
PAGE NUMBERS27-32
ISSN0031-9228


In this article nuclear physicist Henry Barschall recounts his experiences with fission from the time he initially learned of it to the successful test of the first atomic bomb. He describes his early work under Rudolf Ladenburg studying fast neutron interaction with nuclei and his participation in the first observed fast-neutron-induced fission in the world, work that had been spurred on by Niels Bohr. Next, he discusses his experiments with Morton Kanner to measure the fission cross section for fast neutrons. Barschall also details his naturalization as a United States citizen and scientific work during World War II, including aspects of his participation in the Manhattan Project and the Trinity test.


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