From the lab to the battlefield? Nanotechnology and fourth generation nuclear weapons
Subject: Physics - Physics and Society
The paper addresses some major implications of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) engineering and nanotechnology for the improvement of existing types of nuclear weapons, and the development of more robust versions of these weapons, as well as for the development of ... View more
 Sean Howard, Nanotechnology and Mass Destruction: the Need for an Inner Space Treaty, Disarmament Diplomacy, No. 65 (July/August 2002) 3-16.
 Andre Gsponer and Jean-Pierre Hurni, The Physical Principles of Thermonuclear Explosives, Inertial Confinement Fusion, and the Quest for Fourth Generation Nuclear Weapons, INESAP Technical Report No.1, Presented at the 1997 INESAP Conference, Shanghai, China, 8-10 September 1997, ISBN: 3-9333071-02-X, Seventh edition (Darmstadt Technical University, September 2000) 195 pp. Abstract available at http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/hew/News/AnnounceReviews.html .
 Andre Gsponer, Fourth generation nuclear weapons: Military effectiveness and collateral effects, Report ISRI-05-03 (October 2005) 52 pp., e-print arXiv:physics/0510071 available in PDF format at http://arXiv.org/pdf/physics/0510071 .
 A most convenient way to store antimatter would be in a nano-engineered material such that antiprotons could be confined at certain points within the structure, and released when needed. See the appendix of Andre Gsponer and Jean-Pierre Hurni, Antimatter weapons, Bulletin of Peace Proposals 19 (1988) 444-450, e-print arXiv:physics/0507132 available in PDF format at http://arXiv.org/pdf/physics/0507132 .
 Andre Gsponer, Jean-Pierre Hurni, and Bruno Vitale, A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth generation nuclear weapons, Report ISRI-02-07, Proceedings of the 4th Int. Conf. of the Yugoslav Nuclear Society, Belgrade, Sep. 30 - Oct. 4, 2002, 14 pp, e-print arXiv:physics/0210071 available in PDF format at http://arXiv.org/abs/physics/0210071 .