A New Assessment Statement for the Trinity Nuclear Test, 75 Years Later

10 Mar 2021  ·  H. D. Selby, S. K. Hanson, D. Meininger, W. J. Oldham, W. S. Kinman, J. L. Miller, S. D. Reilly, A. M. Wende, J. L. Berger, J. Inglis, A. D. Pollington, C. R. Waidmann, R. A. Meade, K. L. Buescher, J. R. Gattiker, S. A. Vander Wiel, P. W. Marcy ·

New measurement and assessment techniques have been applied to the radiochemical re-evaluation of the Trinity Event. Thirteen trinitite samples were dissolved and analyzed using a combination of traditional decay counting methods and the mass spectrometry techniques... The resulting data were assessed using advanced simulation tools to afford a final yield determination of $24.8 \pm 2$ kilotons TNT equivalent, substantially higher than the previous DOE released value of 21 kilotons. This article is intended to complement the work of Susan Hanson and Warren Oldham, seen elsewhere in this issue. read more

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