U.S. Tests Plutonium to Gauge Nuclear Arms Readiness

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 20, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

San­dia Na­tion­al Labor­at­or­ies car­ried out a plutoni­um ex­per­i­ment this past spring to as­sess the work­ing or­der of the U.S. nuc­le­ar ar­sen­al, Ky­odo News re­por­ted on Tues­day.

Such a test pre­vi­ously oc­curred at the New Mex­ico fa­cil­ity late last year.

The United States peri­od­ic­ally un­der­takes these ex­per­i­ments us­ing a “Z ma­chine” that pro­duces X-rays power­ful enough to mim­ic the fu­sion re­ac­tions of nuc­le­ar weapons, al­low­ing for the study of plutoni­um be­ha­vi­or without the det­on­a­tion of an atom­ic device.


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