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Solar Radio Bursts Can Disrupt Wireless Cell Communications Several Times Per Year

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March 7, 2002
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American Geophysical Union
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Bursts of energy from the Sun on microwave radio frequencies can disrupt wireless cell communications several times a year, according to scientists who have studied records covering 40 years of such bursts. Solar bursts are most likely to occur around solar maximum, the most active portion of the Sun's 11 year cycle.

WASHINGTON - Bursts of energy from the Sun on microwave radio frequencies can disrupt wireless cell communications several times a year, according to scientists who have studied records covering 40 years of such bursts. Solar bursts are most likely to occur around solar maximum, the most active portion of the Sun's 11 year cycle. One such maximum was recently passed, but significant bursts may occur for several more years, according to Louis J. Lanzerotti of Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, one of the researchers. The study not only examines the effect on current systems, but also looks at higher frequencies where future systems will operate, says Dale E. Gary, associate professor of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, and principal investigator of the project.


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