Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Faculty Advisor

Iannacchione, Germano S.

Center

MIT Lincoln Laboratory-Lexington, Massachusetts

Abstract

This work details an analysis of using directed high-powered microwave systems as a defense against intercontinental ballistic missiles. High-powered microwaves are well suited for this role by adjusting the criteria for adequate missile defense from that of missile destruction to that of missile disablement via electromagnetic upset. Conclusions, however, are highly dependent on key assumptions about a target's electromagnetic vulnerability; further research is necessary to quantify a ballistic missile's actual in-flight response to an applied high-powered microwave.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2010

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

Project Center

MIT Lincoln Laboratory-Lexington, Massachusetts

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