Accession Number : AD0639600

Title :   THE DEVELOPMENT OF A RADIO SIGNAL FROM A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION IN THE ATMOSPHERE.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Gilinsky, Victor

Report Date : AUG 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The dipole radio signal from a low altitude atmospheric nuclear explosion of low yield is computed by numerically integrating Maxwell's equations. The source is described by a simple model. The function describing the time history of the rate of gamma output is taken to be an isosceles triangle with a base equal to a fraction of a microsecond. The asymmetry necessary for radiation comes entirely from the variation of air density with altitude. The dipole fields are shown as functions of position for various times after the explosion. These curves form, in effect, a motion picture of the development of the signal. (Author)

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, *RADIO SIGNALS, AIRBURST, ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, ATMOSPHERES, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, EXPLOSION EFFECTS.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE