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Questions regarding exotic weaponry based in the new physics .

  1. Apr 21, 2010 #1
    Questions regarding exotic weaponry based in "the new physics".

    http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/379/12737_weapons.html" [Broken]

    I stumbled upon a strange article in Pravda.

    I would be grateful if anyone with some real insight into these issues would comment on the content of this article, which seems to suggest that "a new generation" of nuclear weaponry is currently being researched.

    Is this by and large BS or does the author of this article make sense?
     
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  3. Apr 21, 2010 #2

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    Re: Questions regarding exotic weaponry based in "the new physics".

    Of course, as with any conspiration, if it is sufficiently secret, it will appear as BS. Any statement based upon a hypothesis of sufficient secrecy is non-falsifiable.

    My guess is that most of what is written there is essentially crackpot rubbish (but then, who knows :shy: ), with some small elements of truth in there. The gamma amplifier is indeed a hypothetical possibility based upon a possibly genuine physical effect (but which has nothing to do with false vacuums, dark energy or whatever).

    It has to do with stimulated emission of gamma rays from a hafnium-178 isomer.

    There is a wiki entry on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induced_gamma_emission:_Hafnium_controversy

    but I don't know myself how reliable that Wiki is, so don't take it as a peer-reviewed source, but it can be a starting point for eventual investigations if you're interested.

    There has been some theoretical difficulty with it:
    http://prc.aps.org/abstract/PRC/v71/i2/e024606

    Also, experimentally, things aren't that clear:
    http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v87/i7/e072503

    I'm no expert on it.
     
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