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October, 1940

TECHNICAL PROPOSAL OF F. LANGE, V. MASLOV, AND V. SHPINEL, 'FISSION OF URANIUM ISOTOPES BY USING METHOD OF CORIOLIS ACCELERATION'

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    Kharkov Institute scientists proposed in this document the concrete steps to build a nuclear weapon. The document demonstrates that Ukrainian physicists understood how to receive weapons grade uranium and elaborated concrete technical proposals to achieve this goal through uranium enrichment in centrifuge.
    "Technical Proposal of F. Lange, V. Maslov, and V. Shpinel, 'Fission of Uranium Isotopes by Using Method of Coriolis Acceleration'," October, 1940, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Atomic Project of USSR: Documents and Materials, Vol. 1, Part 1, Document No. 69, pp. 167-168. Obtained and translated for NPIHP by Oleksandr Cheban. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121632
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