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Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Effects, Nuclear War   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This paper provides a brief and mostly non-technical description of the militarily important features of nuclear weapons, of the physical phenomena associated with individual explosions, and of the expected or possible results of the use of many weapons in a nuclear war. Most emphasis is on the effects of so-called 'strategic exchanges.' Section 2 describes some characteristics of nuclear weapons and how they work. Section 3 considers the first few moments after a nuclear explosion, the interaction of the weapon with its immediate surroundings, and the effects of the first hours. Section 4 deals with possible targets of nuclear attack, how weapons might be used against them and the possible 'collateral' effects on non-target areas near military or industrial targets. Section 5 describes the cumulative prompt effects expected on typical targets in a nuclear war. Section 6 considers longer term physical effects Including those that may be of global extent. The final Section lists useful sources of further Information."

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1984-07-03
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Department of Energy, Office Science and Technology: http://www.osti.gov/
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1984 Summer Seminar on Global Security and Arms Control. The University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at U.C. Santa Cruz. June 22 - July 3, 1984
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