Emma asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 2 months ago

Which is stronger a hydrogen bomb or a nuclear bomb?

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    A hydrogen-bomb is a nuclear bomb

    As far as I know, every Hydrogen-bomb uses an Atom-bomb to get the fusion-process going.

    Atom-bombs use fission (uranium, plutonium ?)

    Hydrogen-bombs ("thermonuclear" bombs) use fusion

  • 2 months ago

    Atom-bombs use fission (uranium, plutonium ?)

    Hydrogen-bombs ("thermonuclear" bombs) use fusion

  • Tom
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    ANY Bomb that involves the NUCLEUS of an atom is a "Nuclear" bomb.  The so called "Atomic Bomb" works by Nuclear FISSION where the energy comes from the nuclei of the atoms being SPLIT in a chain reaction---the parts flying off , HIT other atom's nuclei and break them up too.-------The Hydrogen Bomb is much MORE powerful and works by FUSION---that is Nuclei coming and FUSING together ---making NEW atoms and releasing lots more energy.    Also known as THERMONUCLEAR bombs.

  • garry
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    hydrogen , nucslear is the old type , hydrogen is the later and more powerful .

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  • Who
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

     a nuclear (atom) bomb is used to trigger a hydrogen bomb

    so what do you think?

     (A few key things to remember

      neither bomb actually "explodes" - both just release a HUGE amount of energy in a VERY short time ((its in micro seconds)

     Once they have done that its all over as far as the bomb is concerned

     what you SEE (the light, the mushroom cloud) is NOT the "bomb" as such but the effects caused by the release of all that energy on the surroundings

      The bomb itself does NOT "bang". so is not really a "high" explosive

    the bomb itself ONLY releases energy - so it CANNOT "bang" - the "bang"  you hear and the shockwave are again only the effect of that energy on the air around the bomb expanding VERY rapidly

     

  • D50
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    A fission bomb is limited by volume and density considerations of its core. There is no real limit to how big a fusion (hydrogen) bomb could be made. The Russians tested a 50 megaton bomb which was about the limit their airplane could carry. If you didn't need to lift it the bomb could be MUCH bigger.

  • oubaas
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I guess nuclear bomb is meant as fission bomb ...

    Just to let you understand, fission bombs are used as triggers in hydrogen bomb which are more powerful even by 3 orders of magnitude !!!

  • 2 months ago

    Hydrogen bombs ARE nuclear bombs relying upon nuclear FUSION as the mechanism. This contrasts with bombs that use nuclear FISSION as the mechanism.  Fission uses much heavier components and gives much less energy per kg.  Hydrogen bombs usually are initiated by a fission bomb so both contribute to the eventual yield.

  • 2 months ago

    An atomic bomb is a nuclear weapon that explodes due to the extreme energy released by nuclear fission. A hydrogen bomb is a nuclear weapon that explodes from the intense energy released by nuclear fusion. Hydrogen bomb is more destructive.

  • Barry
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    They are all termed nuclear weapons. The RDS-220 hydrogen bomb, also known as the "Tsar Bomba", is the biggest and most powerful thermo nuclear bomb ever detonated.

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