A deadly bomb in the form of a harmless sphere.
Since becoming the most terrifying destructive weapon in human history, this world has always been ready to confront atomic war. This is not a good thing, the great Albert Einstein expressed concern when he judged that if World War Four were to take place, World War Five would take place by weapons of sticks and stones.
When the development of nuclear weapons is developing with initial steps, mistakes in production and storage are very well hidden. But some of them still find their way out.
The United States has released two atomic bombs on Japan. Japan surrendered, the Nazis failed, the Fascist Axis collapsed, World War ended. And so, America doesn't need an atomic bomb anymore.
But the scientists at Alamos National Laboratory have completed the third plutonium core for the next bomb. They had to take responsibility for preserving this plutonium core. It is a sphere that is an alloy of plutonium and gallium, which is given a terrifying name as the Devil's Core - The Demon Core.
In an atomic explosion, the bomb's radioactive core will reach its maximum level: a continuous series of continuous events will take place without anything stopping. When atomic matter reaches the ultra-peak level, the reaction speed will increase. American scientists know that they are working on something extremely dangerous, but they want to better understand the limits that particles achieve when approaching near extreme levels.
Mr. Louis Slotin stood next to one of the first atomic bombs.
There is a way to push the Devil's Core to the limit, which is to let the neutrons that have returned bounced back into the core, making it increasingly unstable. They built a layer of antineutrons around the core and closely monitored its state.
The first time anyone died in this accident, Japan still has not signed the decision to surrender. On August 21, 1945, physicist Harry Daghlian was alone in the laboratory, constructing a anti-neutron wall with bricks made of tungsten. At that time, the state of the core was very unstable, and when Mr. Daghlian placed a tungsten on the core, the atomic reaction was extremely strong, to the extreme, the Daghlian inspired enough radiation to kill. death. He died 25 days later.
Recreating the experiment took Harry Daghlian's life.
But Mr. Daghlian's death did not slow down the research team. Nine months later, scientists found another way to bring the Devil's Core to the extreme, they lowered a dome made of beryllium onto the upper core. Louis Slotin, a Canadian physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, who has done this experiment many times already, stands out.
He will hold the other dome with one hand, a handle of a screwdriver to hold the dome to show a certain amount of neutrons into the core. On a bad day in May 1946, he slipped his hand, the dome closed. The Devil's core once again reached the extreme point, releasing a gamma radiation into the Slotin people and seven other colleagues in the laboratory.
Recreate Mr. Slotin's experiment.
At the time of the reaction, the room lit up blue light. That's because the particles carrying large amounts of energy are hitting the air molecules, creating streams of energy that glow.
Seven radiation-winning scientists survived, but Mr. Slotin, who was standing so close to the radiation source, died nine days later. The second death ended this dangerous research project.
After a period of retention, the Devil's Core is made into another weapon. And then later the US military detonated this core during a nuclear test.