Nuclear Analysis and Technology Assessment of Radar Concepts. Volume II. Radiation Vulnerability Assessment of Radar Components.
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This document assesses the vulnerability to transient nuclear radiation of classes of materials and devices that could be found in BMDATC-radars. Since the system is not defined, the study was based on damage thresholds and focussed on technologies rather than on specific generic types of components. The goals were to develop a set of design guidelines that could be used to mitigate the effects of nuclear radiation, to identify those technologies which must be avoided, and to identify those areas which require a development program so that survivable components are available when they are needed to field a survivable system. The topics covered in this volume were 1 materials 2 nonsemiconductor components 3 RF semiconductor components and 4 microwave and millimeter wave components. In addition, this volume contains a brief description of the interaction of transient nuclear radiation with material. Besides the problems associated with electronic components, one important result of this study was that quartz crystal oscillators emerged as one of the most vulnerable and critical components in any radar system. An appropriate solution is not reported in the literature. However, a possible solution to this problem is proposed in this volume. Author
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
- Nuclear Weapons