Accession Number : AD0777846

Title :   Theory of the High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Lillis,John R.

Report Date : MAR 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 118

Abstract : The thesis consitutes a microscopic approach to the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a high altitude nuclear weapon burst. This approach involves the detailed calculations for the time-dependent electromagnetic fields of a single relativistic, Compton electron created in the upper atmosphere by the gamma radiation from the weapon detonation. The effect of all such electrons created is superimposed to obtain the net effect or the EMP measured by an observer. The basic theory developed ignores the conductivity which builds up in the surrounding air. This is shown to be a relatively good assumption for weapons with gamma radiation yields less than a kiloton. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Electromagnetic pulses, *Nuclear explosions, High altitude, Radiation effects, Gamma rays, Computations, Theses, Airburst

Subject Categories : Radioactiv, Radioactive Wastes & Fission Prod

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE