THE DEVELOPMENT OF A RADIO SIGNAL FROM A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION IN THE ATMOSPHERE.
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The dipole radio signal from a low altitude atmospheric nuclear explosion of low yield is computed by numerically integrating Maxwells 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
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