AUTHORGsponer, André / Hurni, Jean-Pierre
TITLEFourth Generation Nuclear Weapons: The Physical Principles of Thermonuclear Explosives, Inertial Confinement Fusion, and the Quest for Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons
PUBLISHERIndependent Scientific Research Institute
CITYGeneva, Switzerland
DATE PUBLISHED1999
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This important report focuses on the possibility that countries may develop nuclear weapons that will not fall under the prohibitions of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Those "fourth generation" weapons would have yields between one to one hundred tons of TNT, which places them in the gap that separates conventional weapons from nuclear weapons. The authors provide detailed descriptions of how fission weapons, boosted fission weapons, and thermonuclear weapons work. They present loopholes in the CTBT which permit the design of new "fourth generation" nuclear weapons. The authors state that a technologically sophisticated country such as Japan could build a reliable thermonuclear weapon without ever testing it by using inertial confinement fusion (ICF) simulation technology. Lastly, the authors explore the possibilities for "fourth generation" weapons; those weapons could revolutionize conventional warfare and lead to extensive proliferation of small, inexpensive nuclear weapons that do not require weapons grade plutonium. Included is a bibliography of almost 600 sources arranged by subject, as well as diagrams and charts concerning past and possible future nuclear weapons. This the sixth edition of a report that first appeared in 1997.


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