Trying to understand basics of EMP

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by CaptainPrice, Jan 2, 2011.

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  1. CaptainPrice

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    a non nuclear emp
    wiki page: here

    I saw this youtube video (here)
    I am just curious how you make one of these. Really just out of curiosity.
    So what are the basics of making one of these? how do they work
  2. Kermit2

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 5, 2010
    They destroy silicon chips by 'induction'

    large amplitude radio freq, microwave, UHF, VHF. It's all in there. A super charged pulse of white noise.

    Any two closely spaced electrically separated surfaces become capacitors, and all pieces of conductive metal become small inductors. Large surge currents circulate in any and everything made of metal. IC's are large black capacitors with multiple metal antenna sticking out around the edge, when viewed from an EMP's point of view.
  3. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    I learned a lot by chasing the you-tube videos. "Thousands of volts per meter". No problem whacking a 3.3 volt processor! Lots of drawings in Wikipedia about how these are built. Most of them start with C4. I'm sure this site does not instruct people to use high explosives.
  4. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    Your curiosity may have to go unsatisfied. We do not provide information about devices that can cause harm to persons or property. Beside destroying all the electronics in an area, a pulse can kill persons with implanted devices - pacemakers, insulin pumps, etc.
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