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Western Michigan University – The Continuing Risk of Nuclear War

Abstract With the end of the Cold War and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the public, including most physicists, and Congress, assumed, the danger of a nuclear war had ended as well.Unfortunately, that has not been the case. Indeed, the danger of accidental nuclear war may be increasing. US and Russian strategic missiles remain […]

Uppsala University – Reducing the Risks of Nuclear Weapons

Abstract After a long period of post-Cold War stability, the risks posed by nuclear weapons are increasing sharply.  This is marked by the invasion of Ukraine, a nuclear generation of Russian nuclear weapons, expansion of China’s nuclear arsenal and tensions over Taiwan, missile testing by North Korea and uranium enrichment by Iran, and a major […]

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility – Oppenheimer and the Legacy of the Manhattan Project: Current Challenges in Nuclear Arms Control

About the Speaker Dr. Matthias Grosse Perdekamp is a nuclear physicist at the University of Illinois. He serves as head of the Department of Physics and as director of the UIUC Program for Arms Control and Domestic and International Security, ACDIS. He explores the Physics of nuclear forces and the structure of the fundamental building blocks of nuclear matter through accelerator-based experiments […]

College of William and Mary – The Continuing Risk of Nuclear War

Abstract With the end of the Cold War and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the public, including most physicists, and Congress, assumed, the danger of a nuclear war had ended as well.Unfortunately, that has not been the case. Indeed, the danger of accidental nuclear war may be increasing. US and Russian strategic missiles remain […]

Reforming nuclear weapons policy, plutonium problems, and how physicists can help – Portland State University

Abstract Physicists invented nuclear weapons over seventy-five years ago. Today, they still threaten humanity with catastrophe and, recently, this risk has been increasing. The US has over 1,500 deployed nuclear weapons plus thousands more inactive or retired. Current policy calls for maintaining and “modernizing” about 4,000 nuclear warheads and their delivery vehicles, at the cost […]