Engineering the Bomb Two Mile Mesa

Engineering the BombTwo Mile Mesa


The Detonator and Plutonium Recovery Research at Two-Mile Mesa Site (TA-6).

This 160 page report is for historic context and property documentation and was prepared by the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration, Los Alamos Site Office. The purpose of this report is document the construction history, location and eligibility of properties and buildings for the National Register of Historic Places. The initial recommendations are in this report; Sentinels of the Atomic Dawn: A Multiple-Property Evaluation of the Remaining Manhattan Project Properties at Los Alamos (1942 – 1946).

After WWII this sites operations included explosives development, laser and chemistry research and experiments regarding detonation and shock waves in gases.

But its historical significance is its contributions to the war effort. This is the site where the detonator development and plutonium recovery research for “Fat Man” were researched.

This document gives more information than just the technical side of the bomb development that occurred there, it provides lots of history relating to the whole project and all the research done during the Manhattan Project.

Definitely worth a read.

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