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January 27, 2011

Everybody, Scram!

srikanth @ 11:59 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1296172796 ) Play

Sorry for the late post folks. Slightly-modified question from Rogi!

Name the item in this recreation that everybody’s so interested in:

Hint:

Cracked by: Raghuvansh , Rogi , lotuseater , jowens , Aravind and dineshk

Answer:
This is the infamous Los Alamos “Demon Core” that killed 2 scientists on separate occasions.


12 Responses to “Everybody, Scram!”

  1. Raghuvansh
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    The demon core.


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  3. Rogi
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    Scene from a Chicago play including the infamous “Demon Core”.


  4. trinity nuclear test


  5. udupendra
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    Erm, they’re modelling the fireball that an atomic bomb will create – it looks quite similar to the shape of the wiki image for the Trinity test :)


  6. lotuseater

    This is the core of the Fat Man nuclear bomb


  7. jowens
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    It’s a still from “Louis Slotin Sonata”, a play about a Los Alamos physicist (Slotin) who died as a result of a radiation accident. The object shown is a (half-)sphere of beryllium that surrounds a plutonium core. When Slotin’s screwdriver slipped, the upper half-sphere fell onto the lower half-sphere, causing a fission reaction and radiation that killed Slotin 9 days later.

    Good question, Rogi! :)


  8. sandesh

    half of the beryllium shell?


  9. Aravind

    Recreation of the Slotin incident, the criticality accident involving the demon core


  10. dineshk
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    Louis Slotin’s criticality accident involving the notorious demon core. He is holding the two halves of the Beryllium reflector apart using a screwdriver. The screwdriver slips and the reaction goes critical. He manages to jerk his hand away to separate the two halves saving the others but he dies 9 days later. Nice clue with the “Scram” part.


  11. Bharath
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    The mushroom cloud…God particle?


  12. Trinity atom bomb test


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