Accession Number:

AD0620952

Title:

DETERMINATION OF THE D-LAYER AIR CHEMISTRY FROM A DAYTIME, HIGH-ALTITUDE NUCLEAR EXPLOSION,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1965-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

Measurements of the magnitude and time dependence of X-ray induced absorption over Midway during the July 9, 1962, high-altitude nuclear explosion allowed us to infer bounds on the dissociative recombination coefficient alpha of the D-layer of the ionosphere. It is shown here that a daytime experiment would allow a unique determination of alpha. By combining the daytime data with the already available nighttime data, one could infer the in situ detachment rate of the daytime ionosphere. We find that a low-yield explosion a few KT is adequate for the purpose of the experiment. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE