Most likely, this type of weapon would affect a relatively small area -- nothing on the order of a nuclear EMP attack -- but it could do some serious damage.In the next section, we'll look at some possible effects of an EMP attack.
When I first sat down to research this story, I thought that America had no real enemy capable of using an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon. This story has even more relevance after the successful detonation of a miniaturized nuclear bomb on Ferbuary 11, 2013. The electromagnetic pulse contains enough energy to destroy anything and everything electronic.
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon is far more dangerous and potentially more lethal than a nuclear bomb. Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Centerstudy on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China's so-called "assassin's mace" arsenal -- weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. North Korea's nuclear tests have been dismissed as failures by some analysts because of their low explosive yield. The technology for producing a first generation implosion weapon has been around since 1945, and is thoroughly described in open source literature. I want to emphasize this: Unlike nuclear bombs that can destroy a large city like New York or Los Angeles, an EMP weapon is so effective that just one -- detonated over the central USA -- could knock out the entire mainland. Carrying this progression further would result in the suggested "neutron bomb", which would have a minimum trigger and a non-fissionable tamper. No one spoke about it on the news, nothing was written -- it was "top secret" at the time -- but I later learned that it was the result of an atmospheric nuclear explosion.

Scientists learned that nuclear explosions, in addition to the blast, heat and deadly gamma radiation, also produce a strong electromagnetic pulse that is capable of passing thousands of volts of electrical energy to just about anything that conducts electricity.
The pulse is generated by the interaction of gamma rays, released by a nuclear explosion, with the atmosphere and the Earth. If an EMP device were detonated, most of the electronics that control our many nuclear energy plants would be destroyed. The resulting electromagnetic pulse has a wide spectrum of wavelengths, capable of energizing metallic objects of varied lengths, from hundreds of feet to a few inches. This type of non-nuclear apparatus is almost impossible to detect but is limited in scope and power by the size of the charging capacitors. Commercially sold shock wave generators [right] are capable of producing focused acoustic or electromagnetic energy that can break up objects such as kidney stones and other similar materials. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst and president of EMPact America, a citizens lobbying group. Instead of generating additional explosive force from fission of the uranium, the cobalt is transmuted into cobalt-60, which has a half-life of 5.26 years and produces energetic and highly lethal (and thus penetrating) gamma rays. Called the "Compton effect", the resulting pulse is like a radio signal and any metallic object acts like a receiving antenna. With no way to control the fission reaction these nuclear plants would eventually run away, reach critical states and melt down, releasing nuclear material in explosions similar to those in Fukushima, Japan.
These non-nuclear devices are smaller than nuclear fueled pulse generators but their effect can be just as effective over a limited geographic area.

EMP generators can produce pulses of electromagnetic energy that can destroy the sensitive electronics in computers and microprocessors.
Pry believes they bore the "signature" of the Russian-designed "super-EMP" weapon, capable of emitting more gamma radiation than a 25-megaton nuclear weapon. Whereas a radio signal might produce a thousandth of a volt or less in a receiving antenna, an EMP pulse produces thousands of volts. Here, the gamma rays can travel further and the Earth's magnetic field deflects the pulse back to the surface. Destabilized LCR circuits can produce multi megawatt pulses by using an explosive wire disruptive switch to achieve an effect similar to larger EMP devices.
They're probably more like super powerful microwave ovens that can generate a concentrated beam of microwave energy.
The article focused on flux compression generator bombs (FCGs), which date back to the 1950s.
This creates a short circuit, cutting the stator off from its power supply.The moving short circuit compresses the magnetic field, generating an intense electromagnetic burst.

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