AUTHORSmith, Cyril S.
TITLESome Recollections of Metallurgy at Los Alamos, 1943-1945
PERIODICAL TITLEJournal of Nuclear Materials
DATE PUBLISHED1981
VOLUME NUMBER100
ISSUE NUMBER1-3
PAGE NUMBERS3-10
ISSN0022-3115
Web Access
Available online from Science Direct   (available with fee)


This memoir tells of the role of metallurgists in the Manhattan Project, and particularly in the World War II Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. The author Cyril Smith, who led the work on metallurgy at Los Alamos from 1943 to 1945, provides an account of experimental work on plutonium and uranium that led to the creation of the first atomic bombs. The account highlights the seminal role of metallurgy in the building of the first nuclear weapons and describes how the metallurgy of plutonium was much more complex than that of uranium. Several graphs and tables illustrate the properties of plutonium based on the Los Alamos experiments.


Find in a Library with

Related Topics

Science Disciplines Warfare Places People

creative commons - some rights reserved
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons License.