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Microwave bombs

  1. Mar 21, 2003 #1


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    The Microwave Bomb

    Well, it's pretty hard to miss the fact that there is a war going on right now...
    One rumor going around is that the US will test a new type of munition, a so-called microwave bomb.
    Does anyone have an idea how this device works?
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  3. Mar 21, 2003 #2


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    Here's the question I am interested to know -> How?
    It's probably classified and stuff, but any speculation is welcome....
  4. Mar 22, 2003 #3


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    I just heard on CNN that these devices are not being used in the Gulf (yet). They would knock out comunications, and the U.S. is still wanting to use Iraqi radio and TV for propoganda and psychological warfare.

    But the "how" can be found at http://popularmechanics.com/science/military/2001/9/e-bomb/print.phtml [Broken]

    It's pretty fascinating stuff, but a little over-dramatised.
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  5. Mar 22, 2003 #4
    If the pulse is so massive, why won't the personnel get fried by the microwave?

    Just curious too, what happens to a person if he is toasted by microwave?
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  6. Mar 22, 2003 #5


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    The total energy of the pulse is actually small. It has a high peak-power. It doesn't really fry anything, it just causes a small amount of damage to the delicate junctions of transistors and other semiconductor circuits.

  7. Mar 22, 2003 #6
    If it has a high peak-power, shouldn't the total energy also be high?
  8. Mar 23, 2003 #7


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    Not if the pulse only goes on for a very short time.
  9. Mar 25, 2003 #8


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    Hehe. This started when Dan Rather couldn't figure out what an "E-Bomb" was (ElectroMagnetic Pulse Bomb) when he mentioned it on the first day of the "shock and awe" campaign. He said "um, Energy, Microwave, uhh......." It is what the other users have described here (minus the microwaves).
  10. Apr 18, 2003 #9
    So is the microwave pulse similar to an electromagnetic pulse caused by a nuclear explosion?
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