Chapter 2 The 1950s: Origins

  • James R. Asay
  • Lalit C. Chhabildas
  • R. Jeffery Lawrence
  • Mary Ann Sweeney
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)


Shock compression science, in its modern form, evolved from the early work conducted at Los Alamos resulting from the Manhattan Project. That work, of course, was an important aspect of the development of nuclear weapons, first the fission bomb toward the end of World War II and then the fusion bomb, both of which were mainstays of the Cold War era.


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  • James R. Asay
    • 1
  • Lalit C. Chhabildas
    • 1
  • R. Jeffery Lawrence
    • 1
  • Mary Ann Sweeney
    • 1
  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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