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Title: Radioactive Fallout from Terrorist Nuclear Detonations

Abstract

Responding correctly during the first hour after a terrorist nuclear detonation is the key to reducing casualties from a low-yield surface burst, and a correct response requires an understanding of the rapidly changing dose rate from fallout. This report provides an empirical formula for dose rate as a function of time and location that can guide the response to an unexpected nuclear detonation. At least one post-detonation radiation measurement is required if the yield and other characteristics of the detonation are unknown.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
908091
Report Number(s):
UCRL-TR-230908
TRN: US0703613
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOCIMETRY; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; DOSE RATES; FALLOUT; RADIATIONS; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS

Citation Formats

Marrs, R E. Radioactive Fallout from Terrorist Nuclear Detonations. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/908091.
Marrs, R E. Radioactive Fallout from Terrorist Nuclear Detonations. United States. doi:10.2172/908091.
Marrs, R E. Thu . "Radioactive Fallout from Terrorist Nuclear Detonations". United States. doi:10.2172/908091. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/908091.
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abstractNote = {Responding correctly during the first hour after a terrorist nuclear detonation is the key to reducing casualties from a low-yield surface burst, and a correct response requires an understanding of the rapidly changing dose rate from fallout. This report provides an empirical formula for dose rate as a function of time and location that can guide the response to an unexpected nuclear detonation. At least one post-detonation radiation measurement is required if the yield and other characteristics of the detonation are unknown.},
doi = {10.2172/908091},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu May 03 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Thu May 03 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
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