What is in an atomic bomb that makes it so explosive?
Atomic bombs are of two types, fission(Uranium/Plutonium based0
or fusion(Hydrogen based). In both these, nuclear reactions take place
resulting in breaking up of big atoms or fusing of small ones leading
to medium sized atoms. It turns out that efficiency of these reactions
is very high, as compared to chemical reactions used in chemical bombs
mainly because of the high binding e
energy of nuclei as compared to atoms.
jasjeet s bagla
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Update: June 2012