The development of a radio signal from a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere

by Victor Gilinsky


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Computation of the dipole radio signal from a low-altitude, low-yield, atmospheric nuclear explosion. Using the simple case of a symmetrical explosion in an asymmetrical atmosphere, the study examines the relationship between the gamma pulse emerging from the nuclear device and the subsequent radiated signal by numerically solving Maxwell's equations to a suitable approximation. The dipole fields are shown as functions of position for various times after the explosion, and these curves form, in effect, a motion picture of the development of the signal.

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