posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 05:44 PM
reply to post by Romanian
ok, I have no idea what the strength of the Carrington event was. (from what I have read, it was anything between a X17 and X45!) If it was an X45,
you would have had roughly 70V on the antenna I used earlier as an example. (Just remember, that if your antenna is connected, and a lightning storm
is a couple of kilometers away, it can induce kV's on the same antenna)
But let us assume, the wires on the IC's is at max. 5mm long (I know, that is way too long, nowadays it is a lot shorter), then they will be
efficient antennas at around 15GHz. your Carrington effect would induce about 3.5mV on the wires!!!! And then we have to add atmospheric absorption
too, which is is quite difficult to predict at those frequencies, because it varies with the amount of humidity, etc. (have you ever heard people
commenting, especially digital engineers, that RF is black magic? Now you know why), but as a rule of thumb, we can say the pulse would have been
attenuated by roughly 200dB through the atmosphere. That gives you a couple of nanovolts. There is no way even the Carrington event could have
influenced individual chips.
Yes, if your equipment had long wires connected to it, it would have been different, but our cell phones doesn't have antennas that are long.