Atomic fireballs: the man with the pics

Tom James @ 20-05-2009

tumbler_snapper_bombThought ya’ll might get a kick of the old sensawunda out of these “rapatronic” high-speed photos of nuclear bombs exploding:

The exposures were often as short as 10 nanoseconds, and each Rapatronic camera would take exactly one photograph.

A bank of four to ten or more such cameras were arranged at tests to record different moments of early fireball growth.

They provide technical information about the device’s disassembly.

Some really awesome images captured here. More on rapatronics here.

[via Sachs Report][image from the page]

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One Response to “Atomic fireballs: the man with the pics”

  1. Raul says:

    Reminded me of this Asimov short story.
    http://www.tep-online.info/short/hell.htm