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Oral History Interview — Dr. Oleg Lavrent'ev


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Interview with Dr. Oleg Lavrent'ev
By Yuri Ranyuk
At Lavrent'ev's home, Kharkiv, Ukraine
June 1994

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Oleg Lavrent'ev; June 1994

ABSTRACT: Army service, development of ideas on nuclear fusion and H-bomb. Letter to Stalin about possibiltiy to make hydrogen bomb, D-Li variant. Invitation to Moscow University. Meetings with Minister of Atomic Energy Makhnev, Chairman of the Special Committee (on nuclear weapons) Beria, Skharov, Kurchatov, Vannikov and so on. Institute of Atomic Energy. Golovin, Artsimovich, Budker. Electromagnetic traps. Zavenyagin. Political troubles. Death of benefactor Beria. Kharkiv variant. "Nautilus". Belosel'sky, Dimirchanov, Alikhanyan. Temperature 2.5 million degrees. Unstabilities. 1973 y. Electrostatic and electromagnetic traps. Troubles about declaration of discovery. Certificates from Sakharov and Golovin. Some protocols of Scientific Council of Institute.