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Refraction of Electromagnetic Waves round the Earth's Surface

Nature volume 119, pages 317318 (26 February 1927) | Download Citation

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J. A. FLEMING (Proc. Phys. Soc. Lond., 26, 318–333, 1914) reached the conclusion that the variation with height of the dielectric constant of the atmosphere would bend a ray sent out tangentially to the earth's surface so that its radius of curvature would be about four times that of the earth. Furthermore, he found that, if the atmosphere were constituted wholly of krypton, a horizontal ray would have a radius of curvature equal to that of the earth, on account of its greater density.

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  1. National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex, Jan. 28.

    • J. STUART MCPETRIE
    •  & RAYMOND M. WILMOTTE

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