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The Discovery and Early History of the Earth's Radiation Belts

The Discovery and Early History of the Earth's Radiation Belts

The first of 6 linked web pages, authored and curated by David P. Stern, on how the inner radiation belt was discovered in 1958 by Van Allen, on the type of instrument used (Geiger counter), on the belt's explanation based on neutron albedo, on radiation belts created by nuclear bombs and on the discovery of the outer belt. Nonmathematical and short; a longer exposition (with references) is in file bh2_1.html of the same collection. A Spanish translation for all of these resources is available.

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