Making Electromagnetic Weapons: Directed Microwave Energy

Welcome to Microwave Energy—the next part of my Making Electromagnetic Weapons series. For the Electromagnetic Pulse Generator, check out the last three articles ( One, Two and Three ). I ‘m certain about all of you have used a microwave at some point in your lives. As a child, I constantly found microwaves fascinating ; the mind of heating food with inconspicuous energy, and even creating lightning should the drug user unintentionally microwave metal ! however, microwaves are not only used for heating food. Microwave energy generally falls under the 2.4 GHz ( Gigahertz ring ). This lapp set is used by many radio technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Microwaves consist of any wavelength between 300 MHz ( 0.3 GHz ) and 300 GHz. The stove ( energy ) depends on the “ persuasiveness ” of the wavelength. here ‘s a ocular representation of the electromagnetic spectrum : Making Electromagnetic Weapons: Directed Microwave Energy

Simple Cooking Appliance or Lethal Weapon? 

well, it very depends. In this article, I ‘ll be going over the bare basics of a microwave weapon, since microwave energy is a huge topic. In its simplest shape, any wave form transmit of energy starts with excite particles and ends with stimulate particles. Inside a microwave, you ‘ll find a large transformer ( called a MOT or Microwave Oven Transformer ), a large capacitor ( rated around 1-2 kilovolt ; 1-100 uF ), some high electric potential diodes ( for rectifying the alternating current from the transformer ), a magnetron ( the microwave emitter—I ‘ll go into this belated ), and early electric components for operating the main electronics. In a Microwave Weapon ( MW ), the components can be american samoa simple as a magnetron, a transformer, a diode, and a capacitor. Of class, the magnetron is surely not that elementary, consisting of several finely tuned “ antenna ” and other components. A basic exemplification of how a magnetron shape is pictured below : Making Electromagnetic Weapons: Directed Microwave Energy The round “ 1 ” is an electron source, the sphere between the world power source and the antenna is the electron “ accelerator ”, and the antenna itself is a simple way of “ amplifying ” and broadcasting the electron energy at a specific frequency. When these “ tuned electrons ” hit an object ( specifically water or metallic element ), they excite the molecules and beget hotness, or in the event of metallic element, electrical energy. This is why microwaves are so dangerous compared to EMPs. Microwaves not only wreck havoc on electronics, but besides can harm living beings. This is where I must issue a WARNING!!! Microwaves are extremely dangerous. They can PERMANENTLY HARM YOU! If you feel even the slightest uncertainty towards the physics, dangers, and overall understanding of microwaves, DO NOT construct a microwave weapon.

The Construction 

The best way to create a homemade microwave weapon is with an previous microwave. If you want to upgrade to a more brawny, hanker roll device, it ‘s practically impossible unless you have a physics lab with across-the-board measure equipment. however, an average microwave puts out 1,000-2,000 watts of energy, quite enough for destroying electronics.

Microwaves tend to “ fly in all directions ” unless they are directed. however, this is what the antenna does—directs the microwaves. In my experiment, I discovered that a slender conic metal funnel has the best microwave-focusing ability. I was able to fry an old cell telephone from up to 10 feet using three magnetrons and one funnel. This constitutes to about 6,000 watts ( W ) of directed energy, quite an skill for 15 bucks spent at a thrift memory. The circuit diagram for each individual magnetron looked something like this : Making Electromagnetic Weapons: Directed Microwave Energy On a basic level, the circuit consists of a transformer, a electric potential doubler ( diode and capacitor ) and a magnetron. The three MOTs draw lots of world power, so I had to hook everything into a midst, directly mains course. The magnetron itself looks like this : Making Electromagnetic Weapons: Directed Microwave Energy There are two big magnets that “ direct ” the electrons as they pass through the antenna. besides, the device has a heat sink to cool off. There are many early components and serve aspects of the magnetron that are very complicated, but interesting. If you ‘re curious, check out the information in this article. once finished, the entire apparatus should look something like this :

Making Electromagnetic Weapons: Directed Microwave Energy The waveguide ( or metallic element funnel cone ) guides the microwaves in a linear direction, and allows them to be focused in a specific commission. once directed, the microwaves can generate electric current in any conductive alloy they encounter. How much electricity they generate is determined by the distance from the magnetron and the exponent of the output. The microwave gun will besides disrupt radio communications ( depending on their frequencies ) and excite water molecules .


  • MICROWAVES ARE VERY VERY DANGEROUS. DO NOT attempt to build this device unless you are very very confident in your understanding of the dangers, correct practice of safety, and legal concerns. 
  • HIGH VOLTAGE! Microwave Transformers can easily kill you! Treat then with respect! Remember… Fear of Lightning. 
  • DO NOT use this device on anything or anywhere where it violates FCC rules or any other legal constraint! 
  • I am not responsible for any damage, harm, or legal trouble you get yourself into.

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