Electromagnetic Effects and Threats

At a glance

The business unit of Electromagnetic Effects and Threats conducts applied research on electromagnetic field coupling into devices and systems, impacts in electronic circuits caused by fields and interfering signals, and the analysis of electromagnetic threats. Part of the extensive field of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), this research particularly contributes to the national assessment ability on electromagnetic weapons effects and their respective precautions. Originally, the focus of the work was on the High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) from a nuclear explosion, whereas it changed almost exclusively to High Power Microwaves (HPM) in the 1990s.

The group expertise covers development of measurement procedures for characterization of electromagnetic fields and properties of novel materials in the microwave range. The operated experimental facilities, e.g. a self-developed TEM waveguide and miniaturized field probes are applied in the broad spectrum of EMC studies. The experimental activities are supported by numerical simulations of electromagnetic coupling phenomena with commercial software packages.

The experimental equipment involves high performance field simulation facilities up to the higher gigahertz range. These facilities, along with the expertise of the business unit, are available to both military and civilian clients. The INT participates in numerous international cooperations which include defence institutions, university institutes, military industrial companies and research institutions.