Gayl, Franz J.
December 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Dec2005, Vol. 131 Issue 12, p55
Conference Proceeding
The article focuses on the damaging effects of electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). High-altitude EMP, first observed in 1962, is a byproduct of a nuclear weapon detonation at altitudes between roughly 30 to 400 kilometers above the Earth's surface. The resulting high-energy particle interactions within the Earth's upper atmosphere and magnetic fields produce a short-duration wave of electromagnetic radio-frequency energy with extraordinarily high peak power. All electronic circuitry and conductive paths within line-of-sight of the nuclear explosion are potentially susceptible to its destructive effects. There is a possibility that terrorists might launch an electromagnetic pulse attack on the U.S. There is a need to develop effective military policies which help in dealing with such attacks.


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