Atomic Pile

Atomic Pile

Atomic Pile
Stagg Field (Old) 1
II: Buildings and Grounds
Drawing (photograph copy) of the nuclear reactor erected beneath the west stands of the University of Chicago's Stagg Field. With this, a group of scientists achieved the first self-sustaining chain reaction, a controlled release of nuclear energy on December 2, 1942. The reactor consisted of uranium and uranium oxide lumps spaced in a cubic lattice embedded in graphite. In 1943, it was dismantled and reassembled at the Argonne National Laboratory.
Metallurgical Laboratory, Manhattan Engineer District
Nuclear reactors | Science rooms and equipment | Manhattan Project (U.S.) | Drawings (Visual works)
Argonne National Laboratory
Photographic prints; 19.4 x 23.9 cm
Miller, Melvin A.
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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