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A Review Of Electromagnetic Missiles
Author(s): Tai Tsun Wu; Hao-Ming Shen; John M. Myers
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Paper Abstract

Theoretical results are reviewed pertaining to the behavior of transient electromagnetic fields in the limit of great distances from their sources. In 1985 it was shown that pulses of finite total radiated energy could propagate to a distant receiver, delivering energy that decreases much more slowly than the usual r-2. Such pulses have been referred to as electromagnetic (EM) missiles. The types first discovered propagate along a straight line with a monotonically (though slowly) decreasing time-integrated flux. Other types are now known. One type can be made to rise and fall with increasing distance; another is the curved EM missile. Early efforts to classify EM missiles are reviewed. References to recent papers reporting on the experimental studies of EM missiles at Harvard are given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1061, Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts, (25 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951817
Show Author Affiliations
Tai Tsun Wu, Harvard University (United States)
Hao-Ming Shen, Harvard University (United States)
John M. Myers, Harvard University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1061:
Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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