fusion weapon

fusion weapon

[′fyü·zhən ‚wep·ən]
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Edward Teller as he sought to develop a fusion weapon, the hydrogen bomb.
For example, "pure" fusion weapon research, aimed at achieving a nuclear explosion without the use of plutonium or uranium, is now being actively pursued.
By paying smart people to work on fusion energy "problems," we are inviting the possibility that a future Oppenheimer might one day invent a pure fusion weapon requiring only small amounts of deuterium and a suitable detonator.
For larger fusion weapons, the lethal area for the initial nuclear radiation is smaller than the lethal areas for blast and thermal flash, for the 1Mt bomb described above, about 22[km.