A Note on Persisting Radio Propagation Effects after High-Altitude Nuclear Bursts

by Cullen M. Crain

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Certain high-altitude nuclear bursts produce abnormal ionization in the atmosphere which can affect radio propagation over a wide area for as long as two weeks after the burst, particularly in the LF and VLF regions. The effects are most pronounced and persistent at night. This Memorandum provides an explanation of them.

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