What About the Undetectable Tests?

Rosenfeld, Arthur H.
March 1959
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1959, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p98
The article focuses on the detection of earth movements caused by nuclear explosions. Most people seem to feel that it is easy to detect nuclear tests, and that only militarily insignificant tests could escape identification by any reasonable inspection system. To these people, a ban accordingly means an agreement to stop all nuclear tests. However, a small percentage of the population fears that important tests can be hidden, and hence tends to fear that a ban is impractical. Since no network has ever been built and tested, it is not yet possible to say with much certainty just how hard it is to detect tests. However, experts feel that both groups are probably wrong.


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