Accession Number:

AD0699357

Title:

EFFECTS OF ATOMIC EXPLOSIONS ON THE IONOSPHERE

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SIGNAL CORPS ENGINEERING LABS FORT MONMOUTH NJ

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1953-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

Vertical and oblique incidence radio pulse soundings and oblique incidence C-W transmissions were made during Operation TUMBLER-SNAPPER for the purpose of investigating the effect of an atomic explosion upon the ionosphere and upon radio propagation. The observed effects were attributed to the local changes of ion density caused by the blast wave passing through the existing ionized layers. Disturbance to radio propagation was found to exist for only a few minutes, and would have been troublesome to voice communication only. It was found that the observed phenomena may serve as a means of long-range detection of atomic explosions under certain conditions. The value of large explosions as a tool in ionospheric research was also established.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Seismic Detection and Detectors
  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE