Topic Page – Hydrogen Bomb: Thermonuclear Weapon

The hydrogen bomb, or H-bomb, is one of the most powerful and dangerous weapons in the world. Unlike the atomic bomb which separates elements such uranium or plutonium to create a reaction, the H-bomb combines and fuses the lighter elements with the heavier ones. President Harry Truman announced that the US had developed a hydrogen bomb during his final State of the Union address. For a more thorough look at the hydrogen bomb, its functions and capabilities, and the countries that have them, visit the Hydrogen Bomb Topic Page in Credo Reference.


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