Cover: Systems for the Detection and Identification of Nuclear Explosions in the Atmosphere and in Space

Systems for the Detection and Identification of Nuclear Explosions in the Atmosphere and in Space

Published in: Proceedings of the IEEE, v. 53, no. 12, Dec. 1965, p. 1921-1934

Posted on rand.org 1965

by H. Dickinson, P. Tamarkin

A qualitative perspective is given of problems encountered in designing systems for the detection and identification of nuclear explosions above the earth's surface. Pertinent physical phenomenology is summarized; detection techniques are explained briefly; effects of natural backgrounds are mentioned; system requirements are discussed; a summary comparative table is presented which incorporates these various considerations. The paper is meant to serve as an introduction to a group of technical papers on diverse related subjects.

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