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EMP: A Brief Tutorial
  • George H Baker, III, James Madison University

A nuclear detonation at altitudes from about 30 to 500 kilometers generates a strong electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that propagates to points on the ground within the line-of-sight of the burst. For bursts above 100 kilometers, electronics can be affected over continental scale areas. The EMP induces large voltages and currents in antennas and cables of electronic systems that will upset operation or damage circuit components if protection measures are not present. The article provides a brief tutorial on EMP environments, effects and protection.

  • Nuclear EMP,
  • Critical Infrastructure Assurance,
  • Disaster Preparedness,
  • Community Resiliency
Publication Date
August, 2011
Citation Information
George H Baker. "EMP: A Brief Tutorial" (2011)
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