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 on January 01, 1965

by H. Dickinson, P. Tamarkin

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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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