|New Army Weapon Aims to Fry Gadgets, People|
By David Hambling
Electronics-frying "e-bombs" have been discussed for decades - but rarely, if ever, deployed. Knocking out computers and communications gear with electromagnetic radiation is nice, but commanders prefer the proven method: blowing stuff up.
Now the U.S. Army is developing technology to do both at the same time. Hybrid munitions would give warheads the added punch of an e-bomb that can "destroy and disable electronic systems and their operators" all in one blast. The key is a magnet that blows up and spontaneously demagnetizes, releasing energy as a pulse of power. Oh, and antennas made of fire. My story in the current Defense Technology International explains.
Previous e-bomb designs were based on explosively driven magnetic flux compression generators. They used a series of tightly wound, current-carrying metal coils that are rapidly compressed by an explosion. The new technology is much more compact. It's based on research showing that some magnets will spontaneously demagnetize when hit by a powerful enough shock wave, releasing a pulse of energy, in the process. The technical term is "pressure-induced magnetic phase transition."
Originally Posted by DuckieHo
Electromagnetic radiation: Check.
Plasma-based antenna: Check.
Freaking Awesome? Yes.
Originally Posted by giecsar
Yes, yes, interesting. Now, care to explain what does this have to do with overclocking?