Residual Signatures from Thermonuclear Air Bursts.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Prompt thermal heating of the ground, fission product deposition, and neutron activation were studied as possible indicators of nuclear weapon damage levels. The time of interest was the period of approximately 13 hrs following a 500 KT low altitude, non-cratering burst. Computer calculations indicate that prompt thermal heating will produce detectable residual signatures for up to 4 hrs. Fission product depositions were found to be unusable as damage-level indicators. Calculations for n, gamma reactions in a soil having 2.47 Na content indicate that measurable gamma fluxes would exist throughout the period of interest. Author
- Nuclear Weapons