Proceedings PaperApplications of high-power microwaves to modification and measurement of the atmosphere
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The current state of proposals to use high power microwaves in the atmosphere is reviewed. HPM has been proposed to aid in the conversion of stratospheric ozone by partial breakdown, facilitating chemistry to eliminate the chlorine. Another proposal is over-the-horizon radar using a partial breakdown in ionosphere. A key to any such effort is rapid diagnosis of the state of the atmosphere before, during and after intervention. The technology requirements of these proposals is reviewed. The elements of an atmospherical modification program are identified and non-technical factors are discussed.