Simulation of a Uranium Vapor Release in the High Altitude Atmosphere.
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The authors present simulation results for a large uranium gas release in the ionosphere at an altitude of 200 km. The purpose of such an experimental release would be to study infrared emission line strengths and spectra of uranium oxides after a nuclear explosion. The simulation shows that the release would have high ion densities approximately 10 to the 8th power 3cm, that it would have a radius of about half a kilometer perpendicular to the geomagnetic field, and that it would spread to a few kilometers along the field. They also demonstrate the complete oxidation of U to U02 would require tens of seconds.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Physical Chemistry
- Numerical Mathematics