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L D Landau in the Soviet Atomic Project: a documentary study


Russian Federation State Scientific Center A.I. Alikhanov Institute ofTheoretical and Experimental Physics, ul. Bolshaya Cheremushkinskaya 25, Moscow, 117259, Russian Federation

The article presents information about the participation of Academician L D Landau in the Soviet Atomic Project and is based on a study of archive documents of the First Main Directorate. Their analysis points to L D Landau’s important contribution to the development of the theory of heterogeneous nuclear reactors and to the computational justification of the first designs of atomic and hydrogen bombs. Many of the quoted documents have never been published before.

Text can be downloaded in Russian. English translation is available on IOP Science.
PACS: 01.65.+g, 28.41.−i, 28.70.+y (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU2008v051n09ABEH006623
URL: https://ufn.ru/en/articles/2008/9/d/
Citation: Kiselev G V "L D Landau in the Soviet Atomic Project: a documentary study" Phys. Usp. 51 911–954 (2008)
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:    « ..   ( )» 178 947–990 (2008); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0178.200809d.0947

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