Accession Number:

AD0608877

Title:

AN EVALUATION OF THE HUMAN RETINAL BURN PROBLEM ARISING FROM ATOMIC DETONATIONS,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1959-12-15

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

The general problem of retinal burns resulting from nuclear detonations within the atmosphere was investigated. The work in the field was reviewed and employed in this study in order to allow quantitative assessment of the danger of eye burn in any particular situation. Burns will occur when the radiant intensity reaches a value of around 0.6 to 2.0 calsq cm on the retina. Maximum distances for threshold burn based on 2 calsq cm from low altitude bursts can extend for as much as 25 miles daytime to 75 miles nighttime depending upon the visibility and the yield of the weapon. The problem is minimized for most situations because the fireball will not be in the field of vision for most people. For those for whom it is in the field of vision, the size of the image and its location on the retina, are important in determining actual damage to sight. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE