Catalogue description Atomic Weapons Research Establishment: Theoretical Physics Notes (TPN)

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Title: Atomic Weapons Research Establishment: Theoretical Physics Notes (TPN)

Theoretical Physics Notes (TPN) are a collection of reports written mainly to aid and stimulate discussion within the Physics Division of AWRE. They represent the theoretical knowledge on which the trials and engineering work at AWRE was based. They highlight the problems encountered and detail the advances made in warhead design. They show areas of collaboration with the USA and summarise the status of weapon knowledge, design and methods of calculation at any given time. The series also gives information on service weapons and the scientific evaluation of foreign tests (SEFT). They are fundamental to the work undertaken at AWRE.

Date: 1954-1975

Listed serially within one year. All reports have been selected as they cite each other frequently building upon previous knowledge and often correcting earlier hypotheses.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, 1954-1973

Physical description: 2204 volume(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Atomic Weapons Establishment , from 2000

Custodial history: Transferred to the Ministry of Defence, Atomic Weapons Research Establishment in 1973 and then the Atomic Weapons Establishment in 1987.
Accumulation dates: Series ran 1954-1975
Selection and destruction information: The TPN are so fundamental to charting the work carried out at AWRE that the whole set has been preserved. Following the publication of OSP 11 in 2001, it was decided to select no futher scientific reports dated after 1975.
Accruals: Series is accruing

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