|"The Irvhank Effect"|
|First Appearance||New Destinies, Volume II|
"The Irvhank Effect" is a short story by Harry Turtledove. It was first published in New Destinies II, Baen 1987, and reprinted in There Will Be War VIII: Armageddon, edited by Jerry Pournelle & John F. Carr, Tor 1989. It has not been reprinted since.
In the story, two physicists named Irv Farmer and Hank Jeter accidentally discover a method of controlling radioactive decay. After a number of months of secret research, they designed a device which allowed most nuclear reactions but prevented atomic and hydrogen bombs from detonating anywhere on Earth. The two successfully tested the device, activate it and then begin writing up a science paper for peer review and publication calling the field it generated the Irvhank Effect after their first names.