The Physics of Nuclear Weapon Design

First posted
Thursday April 23, 2009 17:55
Friday October 1, 2010 11:20

Backlink to The Investigation.

Our opinion is that the US government drove Leo Mascheroni mad.

Dr Mascheroni, in turn, may have driven the US government mad for the reason: The Plasma Fusion Energy Research Program: Promising fire, delivering ash

But Dr. Mascheroni’s fixation on the giant laser transformed him into “a gullible nut,” one who readily stumbled into the F.B.I.’s trap, Dr. DeWitt said, adding: “He has dug his own grave.”

Friday October 1, 2010 08:49
Clearly rattled, Dr. Mascheroni declared his innocence. He defended his actions, including his interactions with the man who had represented himself as a Venezuelan contact but who Dr. Mascheroni by then suspected — correctly — was actually an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Richard Sauder may be a government agent?

Saturday September 25, 2010 07:52

Liberal arts educated MSM are seen at work.
Where do journalists come from?

They are manufactured in America's universities in a liberal arts curriculum.

Feeding the Media Beast: An Easy Recipe for Great Publicity
Mark Mathis

MSM looks to be playing games with the Mascheroni story.
Mascheroni got interested instead in ways to create nuclear fusion, using the concentrated power of lasers. The Department of Energy was pouring money into one approach, but Mascheroni started pushing for a different kind of laser, one that uses hydrogen fluoride gas. "I've watched Leo become more and more passionate, and then obsessional, about his laser," says DeWitt. 

"I regard him as a crank and a nut," says Hugh DeWitt, who has known Mascheroni and his wife Margorie for more than 40 years. "He wants to dominate. He wants his idea only, and everybody else can go to hell," says DeWitt, a retired physicist who worked at the other nuclear weapons laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore, Calif.
Keep in mind no fusion generation of electricity.

Leo, may be right.

Hugh DeWitt, a retired physicist who worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, called the FBI action against scientist P. Leonardo Mascheroni foolish.

"The FBI action is stupid and foolish and misguided and utterly wrong," said DeWitt, a retired physicist who was a lecturer in the physics department at the University of California in Berkeley when Mascheroni was a doctoral student there.

"There's nothing classified or secret in this at all. His files are big papers, letters and mission statements. There's nothing whatever that would endanger national security," he said. 

Friday September 24, 2010 11:30

Liberal arts educated operation against Mascheroni? 

Leonardo Mascheroni wikipedia.

Below is Don Svet who took Morales' $625 without due process of requested hearing.
U.S. Magistrate Don Svet sent the scientist to a halfway house and placed his wife under house arrest.

The physicist "has the skill and science to build a bomb," said Svet, who asked defense lawyer Amy Sirignano why freeing the scientist would not endanger the public.

06/04/2001 06/05/2001 1 NOTICE OF REMOVAL from 2nd Judicial Dist with complaint for relief from harassment Case Number: 1:01:CV:3118 (referred to Magistrate Judge Don J. Svet) [69k] [4 pages] RE: [11] ANSWER by defendant Theodore C Baca... [104k] [5 pages]

Scientific Mistake in Nuclear Spying Case Favors Accused Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

An obvious scientific mistake in the indictment of a former U.S. nuclear weapons scientist accused of attempting to sell atomic secrets to an undercover U.S. agent could undermine the federal government's case against him, the New York Times reported yesterday (see GSN, Sept. 21).
But the indictment also contains a glaring scientific error, which is prompting debate among legal and nuclear experts on whether the government’s case could be hurt.

“At a minimum, it’s incredibly sloppy but it tends to undermine the credibility of the entire indictment,” said Steven Aftergood, a security expert at the Federation of American Scientists. “Anyone who has read a book about nuclear weapons,” he added, would have spotted the mistake.

Nuclear weapons experts, however, were quick to point out the scientific impossibility of the statement. Reactors are unable to enrich plutonium. The indictment's mention of enrichment speaks instead to the process of enriching uranium, a fissile material that like processed plutonium is used to build nuclear weapons.

"You don't enrich plutonium. You create plutonium," former U.S. Energy Department official Charles Demos said.

"It doesn't make sense," ex-Los Alamos Director Harold Agnew said. "I haven't the slightest idea what that would be about."

"At a minimum [the error is] incredibly sloppy but it tends to undermine the credibility of the entire indictment," Federation of American Scientists security analyst Steven Aftergood said. "Anyone who has read a book about nuclear weapons," he continued, would have recognized the mistake ...

"When you read all of the information in here, it is clear the case they are going to make, which is treason," Mascheroni said. 

Wednesday September 22, 2010 19:07

The Mascheronis may have done something really stupid?

Leo Mascheroni gave me a formal lecture on his fusion energy ideas in a room at the University of New Mexico law school in the 1990s.

My impression was that Leo project goals were a bit unrealistic. The physics may be been fine [too small of match to ignite fusion energy] but physics is not my area of expertise.

And Leo was out of his mind. Perhaps from US government pressures?

Mascheroni had employment problems.

For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again

Mascheroni INDICTMENT 

Let's see the documents.


September 22, 2010 - first day of autumn

U.S. charges two over nuclear espionage 

Let's all hope for peaceful settlement of all of these unfortunate matters in the second half of 2010.

Albert Gore willing, of course.

Svet questioned Marjorie Mascheroni's claim that she needs a public defender. The judge said a financial statement showed the couple has $3,800 in monthly income and noted the couple owns a $275,000 home and two vehicles, including a late model Lexus.

"I'm not one who believes the nature and seriousness of the offense requires citizens to finance the defense," said Svet, who ordered a detailed financial affidavit.

Monday, September 20, 2010; 2:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A physicist accused of trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was released to a halfway house Monday after a defense attorney argued that he has posed no national security risk since his investigation by the FBI was publicized last fall.  ...

Svet noted Mascheroni "has the skill and science to build a bomb" and asked defense attorney Amy Sirignano why that wouldn't be considered a danger to the community.

Saturday September 18, 2010 20:20

Mascheroni event appears to be liberal arts educated organized and reported.

Our event is engineer organized and executed with help from our Whitman College knowledge of how the liberal arts 'think.'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A scientist and his wife who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation ...

The Baltimore Sun, About December 4, 1995, pp. 9-11.

No Such Agency Part Four

Rigging the Game

Spy Sting: Few at the Swiss factory knew the mysterious visitors were pulling off a stunning intelligence coup -- perhaps the most audacious in the National Security Agency's long war on foreign codes.

By Scott Shane and Tom Bowman, Sun Staff

Zug, Switzerland. For four decades, the Swiss flag that flies in front of Crypto AG has lured customers from around the world to this company in the lake dis- [words missing] most sensitive diplomatic and military communications value Switzerland's reputation for business secrecy and political neutrality. Some 120 nations have bought their encryption machines here.

But behind that flag, America's National Security Agency hid what may be the intelligence sting of the century. For years, NSA secretly rigged Crypto AG machines so that U.S. eavesdroppers could easily break their codes, according to former company employees whose story is supported by company documents.

The value to NSA of such an intelligence windfall is hard to exaggerate. For NSA effortlessly to read coded messages between top officials of many countries is the equivalent of recruiting reliable spies in key government posts around the world, receiving minute-by-minute reports from them and never risking that they will be unmasked.

NSA appears to have pulled off an international sleight of hand as brazen and brilliant as the original Trojan horse by winning the covert cooperation of the Swiss firm. Wary of encryption companies in NATO countries, the suspicious governments of such prime U.S. targets as Iran, Iraq, Libya and Yugoslavia bought equipment from Crypto AG (or Crypto Inc.). They never imagined that when they coded their messages with the Swiss machines, they may have been sending an easily unscrambled copy directly to NSA headquarters at Fort Meade.

and charged with offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela.

According to the 22-count indictment, Mascheroni told the undercover agent he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10 years and that Venezuela would use a secret, underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, and an open, aboveground reactor to produce nuclear energy.

U.S. District Court District of New Mexico
- Version 4.0.3 (Albuquerque)

Same cast of characters.

Former Los Alamos scientist indicted on nuclear charges

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 75, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen, were arrested Friday, a day after they were indicted. They appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, where Mascheroni, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, was ordered held pending another hearing Monday morning. His wife was released under strict conditions.

A scientist and his wife who used to work at a high-level US energy laboratory were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and indicted on charges of conspiring to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela. After their arrest, the two appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They dealt with an FBI undercover agent posing as a Venezuelan agent. The government did not allege that Venezuela or anyone working for it sought US secrets. The pair were indicted for allegedly communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official. Accused in a 22-count indictment are Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized US citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a US citizen. Both were formerly contract employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory. According to the indictment, Mascheroni told an undercover agent he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10 years and that under his program, Venezuela would use a secret, underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, and an open, above-ground reactor to produce nuclear energy. If convicted, the couple face up to life in prison.

Late last year, that mystery man paid the scientist, P. Leonardo Mascheroni, $20,000 in cash left in a drop box at the Albuquerque airport, according to Mascheroni, who says he kept it in a closed envelope that was opened by FBI agents who searched his Los Alamos home Monday.

What the government has now done with Mascheroni is to focus on how much money it has spent on fusion generation of electricity.

Nearly 70% of that funding went into just two areas of research-- nuclear energy ($66 billion) and renewable sources ($12 billion). Those technologies account for about 16% of U.S. energy production and about 22% of its electrical generation, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

Los Alamos, Sandia Labs, and Livermore fusion research has not resulted in generation of electricity.

After reading MSM BS, we think we have the Mascheroni matter figured out.

1 Mascheroni does not possess any classified information.
2 If the government claims the information is classified, then it may not be properly classified or unclassifiable.
3 Hugo Chávez and company aren't stupid enough to pay $800,000 for information that is already public knowledge.
4 Would Mascheroni try to con Venezuela out of $800,000? IMO, yes.

Rosendorf said she could not provide further details about the lab's investigation of his wife. She said Marjorie Mascheroni - who has "Q" clearance, the highest clearance level that gives her access to classified information - has had her badge pulled and does not have access to the lab.
FBI raids nuclear scientist's home on claims of being a Venezuelan spy

Wire Services: Federal agents seized computers, papers, books and electronic equipment from the home of a former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear scientist, who believes the government is wrongly targeting him as a spy.

P. Leonardo Mascheroni told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday from his home that four FBI agents searched his home for 13 hours on Monday. The agents, he said, led him to believe they were investigating him for espionage.


Cell phone message arrived from Miami Herald reporter complained that no email had arrived.

Reporter wanted both Mascheroni's and Spohn's phone numbers asap.

Mascheroni made 18:00 TV Wednesday October 21, 2009.

Listen to Miami Herald reporter phone conversation.

Marjorie Mascheroni.

Miami Herald reporter.

Wednesday April 29, 2009 11:52

Fusion appears violate the laws of thermodynamics. Opinions on this.

E=mc2 instead?

A megaton of TNT or megatonne of TNT is a unit of energy equal to 10^15 calories, also known (infrequently) as a petacalorie, equal to about 4.184 petajoules.

Reed and Stillman THE NUCLEAR EXPRESS.


Ulam 'demonstrating' MANIAC in 1955

Algebra knowledge acquired from professor Aboulghassem [sp?] Zirakzadeh at the University of Colorado in the summer of 1958 was used for Sandia labs job assignment tutorial.

This guy

drove to me Boulder, CO to attend prof Zirakazeh's course in 1958.

Tutorial was labelled SENSITIVE by Sandia labs.

But I [#01981] didn't send a copy to Japan.

valued Sandia customer = National Security Agency

Foreign national.

Dr Fushimi implemented his extension of the GFSR at IMSL in Houston.

IMSL was bought by Visual Numerics.

The Fushimi extension of GFSR is included in the Visual Numerics library.

Rogue Wave Software Acquires Visual Numerics

Creates a leading commercial vendor of cross-platform, embeddable software libraries

BOULDER, Colo., May 5, 2009 — Rogue Wave Software, Inc., a Battery Ventures portfolio company, today announced that it has acquired Visual Numerics, Inc., a privately held advanced analytics software company based in Houston, Texas.

For more than three decades, Visual Numerics has provided numerical analysis and visualization software solutions that help users understand complex data from a variety of sources and build business-critical applications.

The company offers two product lines: the IMSL® Numerical Libraries for powerful mathematical and statistical analysis and the PV-WAVE® visual data analysis development environment. This acquisition complements the Rogue Wave product families of software development tools, components and frameworks by adding industry-leading advanced data analysis and visualization tools. According to IDC the market for advanced analytics tools grew 13% in 2007 and usage is expected to become much more pervasive.

The GFSR package was programmed and tested by Dr Richard Hanson.

The GFSR, unlike other pseudorandom number generators, generates true zeros.

Monte Carlo simulations which divide by a pseudorandom number can crash on division by zero. Simulation in Germany apparently ran for many hours, then crashed as a result of division by zero.

Therefore, Dr Hanson masks in a low order 1 bit in the VNI implementation.

Dr Ted Lewis told me that Los Alamos uses the GFSR in its nuclear weapons computer simulations.

I discovered the GFSR algorithm and assigned its development, implementation and testing to Lewis for his Ph.D. thesis.

NSA placed requirements [all hardware implementation of crypto algorithms] designed to try to make Sandia's projects fail, IMO.

Sandia Labs approved book on software technology used in above authenticator.

NSA wanted the crypto implementation business back from Sandia labs, IMO. And in other Sandians' opinions too.

Wednesday April 29, 2009 07:51

Mexico's Woes: Quakes, Flu and Oil Production Collapse Los Alamos fusion comment.

We found Leo.

Los Alamos Nuclear physicist Dr Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni May 6, 2009 phone conversation. First part not recoreded.

P L Mascheroni
1900 Camino Mora
Los Alamos, NM 87544
(505) 662-3785 Working. Message left.

Lawrence K Spohn
775 Cascade Ct SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 891-2789 May be working.

Newspaper reporter Larry Spohn phone conversation May 6, 2009.

Without Internet our legal project would be impossible. Only in Albuqueruque, NM too.

Nuclear Fusion, laws of thermodynamics and Los Alamos retiree Danny Stillman.

Variable yield, or dial-a-yield, an option available on most modern nuclear weapons, allows the operator to specify a weapon's yield, or explosive power, allowing a single design to be used in different situations.

Mod-10 B61 bomb had selectable explosive yields of 0.3, 5, 10 or 80 Kt ...

The W-88 with fresh tritium inside its pit may explode with a yield of 475 kilotons, but with no tritium inside the core it might explode with the force of just 20 kilotons.

Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that typically is produced in nuclear reactors or high-energy accelerators. It decays at a rate of about five percent per year (half of it decays in about 12 years). Tritium’s decay makes it necessary for routine replenishing in U.S. nuclear weapons. The United States has not produced tritium since 1988, when the Department of Energy's (DOE's) production facility site in South Carolina closed. Immediate tritium needs are being met by recycling tritium from dismantled U.S. nuclear weapons. According to DOE, resumption of tritium production is essential for maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

The Albuquerque Tribune, March 27, 1996.

DOE boss accelerates whistle-blower protection

By Lawrence Spohn

[T]he news was greeted with joy by Leo Mascheroni, a maverick fusion physicist who was fired nine years ago by Los Alamos National Laboratory in a head-on collision of scientific ideas.

"I love it," said Mascheroni, who lost his job after he proposed an alternative fusion energy laser that threatened the status-quo research of the secret military fusion program.

He says he was wrongly fired on trumped-up security violations, a contention that later was confirmed by Los Alamos-based DOE security officer Bill Risley, who independently investigated the case for headquarters.

"They punish me, my ideas and my family for 10 years," said Mascheroni, an Argentine immigrant who says he still has a lot of hope for the American system."

Accused at one point of being a spy and hounded by DOE security agents, Mascheroni said, "My case is the opposite, really, of democracy. When they did what they did to me, I couldn't fight back.

"I chose to live in hell for my ideas and I won't let them go now," he said "They still must resolve the scientific issues."

He continues to demand that DOE conduct an independent scientific review of the costly military fusion research program. ...

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