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Theory of the High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse.


AD777846

Publication Date 1974
Personal Author Lillis, J. R.
Page Count 122
Abstract The thesis consitutes a microscopic approach to the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a high altitude nuclear weapon burst. This approach involves the detailed calculations for the time-dependent electromagnetic fields of a single relativistic, Compton electron created in the upper atmosphere by the gamma radiation from the weapon detonation. The effect of all such electrons created is superimposed to obtain the net effect or the EMP measured by an observer. The basic theory developed ignores the conductivity which builds up in the surrounding air. This is shown to be a relatively good assumption for weapons with gamma radiation yields less than a kiloton. (Modified author abstract)
Keywords
  • Electromagnetic pulses
  • Nuclear explosions
  • High altitude
  • Radiation effects
  • Gamma rays
  • Computations
  • Theses
  • Airburst
Source Agency
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
NTIS Subject Category
  • 77D - Nuclear Explosions & Devices
Corporate Authors Air Force Inst of Tech Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio School of Engineering
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 197413
Theory of the High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse.
Theory of the High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse.
AD777846

  • Electromagnetic pulses
  • Nuclear explosions
  • High altitude
  • Radiation effects
  • Gamma rays
  • Computations
  • Theses
  • Airburst
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
  • 77D - Nuclear Explosions & Devices
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