Physics of High-Temperature Air. Part. 2. Applications
Final rept. Jan 1989-Jan 1990
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This document is the second part of a set of notes intended to help the reader become familiar with the specialized literature of several applied topics in the physics of high-temperature air, discussing missile reentry Chapter 5, nuclear weapons effects Chapter 6, and some topics in the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through the atmosphere Chapter 7. It presents a simple overview of some key physical factors, and gives references both to relevant textbooks and to the gray literature of technical reports specific to the field. Part 1 if these notes IDA Document D-487, May 1990 consists of a general introduction Chapter 1, a discussion of equilibrium air at temperatures to 10,000 K Chapter 2, a discussion of the radiation from high-temperature air Chapter 3, and Chapter 4, which gives a brief discussion of some specific mechanisms for heating the earths atmosphere, ranging from shock heating through nuclear explosions to solar ultraviolet radiation.
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