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Superconducting E-bomb (EMP)

A substantial use of superconductors is in the military.


The use of E-bombs is rising as modern warfare
technology improves over the years. These are devices
that make use of strong, superconductor-derived
magnetic fields to create a fast, high-intensity electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to disable an enemy's electronic
equipment. It consists of an explosives-packed tube
placed inside a slightly larger copper coil. The instant
before the chemical explosive is detonated; the coil is
energized by a bank of capacitors, creating a magnetic
field. The explosive charge detonates from the rear
forward, as the tube flares outward it touches the edge
of the coil, thereby creating a moving short circuit; this
then creates a large magnetic field. The Navy wants to
use the E-bomb's high-power microwave pulses to
neutralize missiles, that way is reduces damage done
by enemy missiles on cities etc. therefore saving
civilian life. Although the EMP is still in further
development, it has been used in 2003 by the US when
attacking an Iraqi broadcasting facility.