Close-in Electromagnetic Fields Produced by Nuclear Explosions

by William Sollfrey

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An analysis of the close-in electromagnetic fields produced by deflection in the earth's field of Compton electrons from a nuclear explosion. Maxwell's equations in spherical coordinates are solved by an expansion in the perturbation fields, taking into account the space and time dependence of the conductivity and Compton current. The field structure is determined, and it is shown that the peak change in field is only 10 percent.

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