Nukes are so overrated! They need Plutonium and Uranium enrichment and other technical sundries when it's SO MUCH EASIER to make a Heavy Metal Isomer Bomb using barely $100,000 U.S. worth of Cyclotron gear and a decent laptop for linear induction coil control and some LASER/MASER gear.
ANY stable heavy metal (i.e. Tungsten, Gold, Lead, Mercury, Manganese and even IRON!) is actually only METASTABLE !!! By ADDING extra energy to a heavy metal target via a circular linear induction-powered particle accelerator (aka a Cyclotron) you can CHANGE the configuration of the heavy metal to a Structural Isomer, whereupon at a certain point it will enter a TIP-OVER energy phase. And much like the straw that finally breaks the camel's back, another small input of energy will cause a catastrophic atomic-scale cascade avalanche deflagration-like energy release event (I actually call it a LENR or Low Energy Nuclear Reaction!) which can result in an explosion in the range of 2 to 5 kilotons BUT creating NO radioactive fission by-products! So technically, this is a SAFE nuclear weapon!
The KEY ISSUE is to PULSE the bombardment of a heavy metal target using other heavy nuclei at an energy level that DOES NOT CAUSE ABLATION of the target material, but rather causes the equivalent of atomic-level earthquakes/reverberation indicating energy is being released AND absorbed by the heavy metal target. This means energy is being ABSORBED in such a way that the structural configuration (aka at an atomic-level) of the heavy metal will change. It's like filling a balloon with water! At a certain point it cannot hold any more pressure and can suddenly explode outward at the slightest provocation.
And that "explosive decompression" is quite a bit larger than a conventional explosion (conventional explosions are deflagration events). It's not up to FISSION/FUSION levels, but a HEAVY METAL ISOMER is considerably more powerful than your typical MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs). Since it HAS NO fissionable by-products, once a Cyclotron imparts energy into the target to form the Structural Isomer, it can be hidden into a space as small as a filing cabinet giving off NO RADIATION at all. AND it can be put over the Metastability Boundary with a small multi-kilowatt sized LASER or MASER which can ALSO fit inside of a filing cabinet. It means you have an undetectable nuke!
Once the LASER/MASER fires and adds that final bit of tip-over point of energy, the heavy metal will release a cascade avalanche of energy in the form of a large explosion of about 2 to 5 kilotons! I should note that ANY 2nd year engineering/materials science/chemistry student or a really smart senior high school student can build this! Cyclotrons are EASY to build at house size and you DO NOT NEED to impart many Giga or Tera Electron-Volts into your target which means the electromagnetic coils you use on your cyclotron to accelerate heavy nuclei into your target heavy metal, can be CHEAP and EASY to control via a simple laptop and power from a simple commercial-level gas/diesel generator. You're NOT ABLATING your heavy metal target but rather imparting extra energy using a pulsed bombardment rate at a specific energy level such that its structural configuration changes to become unstable enough that it is at a final resting point that is just before the tip-over point, where if another Joule was imparted, an avalanche energy release would occur!
Who needs NUKES when a HEAVY METAL ISOMER device can be built by ANYONE with an undergrad level of education!
Build your own multi-hectare-size lake in mere seconds! Dig a long and wide trench! Get rid of a pesky view-blocking hill!
AND show off a big bang on Halloween or New Years Eve for all your Champagne-soused friends!
HEAVY METAL ISOMERS are now COOL !!!!