electromagnetic pulse

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electromagnetic pulse (plural electromagnetic pulses)

  1. A short-duration burst of high-intensity electromagnetic radiation generated by a physical event, in particular by a large thermonuclear explosion in the atmosphere. The pulse causes a damaging surge of voltage within electrical and electronic systems.
  2. Compton-recoil electrons and photoelectrons from photons scattered in the materials of a nuclear event causing electric and magnetic fields to couple with electrical and electronic systems to produce damaging current surges.[1][2][3]


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  1. ^ Compton Scattering - Georgia State University
  2. ^ Compton Scattering Data - Georgia State University
  3. ^ Derivation of Compton shift equation