Phys 3550 - Physics for War, Physics for Peace
This assignment asks you to compare the health effects (particularly long
term health effects) of the population of Japan following the nuclear strikes
of 1945 and the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011. The nuclear weapons
question is related to the program “Making of the Bomb ”.You might also
supplement that material with sources from the library or online, but if
you do then do not forget to include citations. Two excellent sources of
additional information are the Avalon Project (Yale Law School) and the
Archive. No doubt you can find more. (Note: if you do use extra material
be careful not to include sources about the hydrogen bomb (a so known as
the H bomb or a thermonuclear bomb). This assignment is strictly about
the atomic bomb (A bomb).
What is the current radiation levels in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as compared
to those in the rest of Japan?
What short term problems did the survivors of the two bombs
face? (the first few hours or days)
What were the long term health effects on the people
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You might want to distinguish between the years
immediately after the bomb was dropped, and the period decades later.
The possible effects might include (but are not limited to)
Incidence of cancer
Incidence of birth defects
Incidence of other mutations
Also, not all effects are either physical or medical. You could also consider