AUTHORvon Halban, H. / Joliot, F. / Kowarski, L.
TITLELiberation of Neutrons in the Nuclear Explosion of Uranium
PERIODICAL TITLENature
DATE PUBLISHED1939
VOLUME NUMBER143
ISSUE NUMBER3620
PAGE NUMBERS470-471
ISSN0028-0836


This 1939 seminal letter to the editor of Nature magazine was written to discuss previous experiments that had been published in Nature in light of additional data on neutron bombardment and nuclear neutron liberation. The article is significant because it explains how, when large radioactive elements undergo fission, neutrons are released during the explosion. Those findings led to the ideas upon which the theory of chain reactions is based. The article is highly technical and accessible only to those with advanced knowledge of nuclear physics.


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