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OPERATION SUN BEAM, SHOT SMALL BOY. Project Officer's Report - Project 6. 9. Correlation of Present and Previous Electric Field Measurements
DENVER RESEARCH INST CO ELECTRONICS DIV
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On most previous nuclear detonations, signatures and quantitative measurements of the electric field signals associated with the detonations have been obtained at distances such that normal radiation field characteristics apply. On Small Boy, measurements were made from stations located much closer in, such as to be inside, on the boundary of and just outside the limits of the ionized sphere created by the nuclear burst. The electric field characteristics in these regions were unknown. In the hope of providing continuity from the region of the unknown into the reasonably well understood region of the radiation field, this project was requested to make the typical radiation field type of measurement which has been made on previous detonations. This report covers the signature characteristics and quantitative measurements of the electric field signal from Small Boy as seen from outside the immediate region of theoretical generating mechanism.
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