Accession Number : AD0713531

Title :   SIMULATION OF HIGH ALTITUDE IONIZED AIR WITH AN ARTIFICIAL DIELECTRIC,

Corporate Author : ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA ELECTROMAGNETIC EFFECTS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Gray,William ; Merkel,George

Report Date : 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : A number of nuclear electromagnetic pulse simulators have been constructed to simulate various nuclear electromagnetic pulse environments. These simulators yield a variety of pulse magnitudes, pulse shapes, polarizations, angles of arrival, etc. Present techniques for the simulation of the interaction between an in flight missile and a nuclear electromagnetic pulse do not include the effect of ionized air that can be produced by the Compton-recoil electrons arising from the interaction of gamma-rays with the atmosphere. The paper describes a relatively modest program at the Electromagnetic Effects Laboratory at MERDC in which one is investigating the possibility of developing simulation methods that include some of the effects of the presence of an ionized air plasma when a nuclear EMP interacts with a missile or satellite. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, *ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES), (*ATMOSPHERES, IONIZATION), (*GUIDED MISSILE COUNTERMEASURES, SIMULATION), DIELECTRICS, ELECTROMAGNETIC PROPERTIES, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, GAMMA RAYS, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles
      Countermeasures
      Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE