Abu Dhabi (UAE): Researchers at the UAE’s Institute of Technological Innovation (TII) have now launched improved designs for devices used in the construction of powerful EMF beam devices. Vircators, as they are called, work like microwave ovens, but generate much higher power. While microwaves generate 10,000 watts of power, Vircators can generate over 40 billion watts of power, even for short periods of time.
Vircators can be useful in a variety of fields where a large amount of electromagnetic energy is required. This includes space communications, electromagnetic prospecting for oil prospecting, EMF interference testing, and medical applications.
Researchers have been studying Vircators for years. However, these devices are not widely used due to their high running cost and low efficiency. A single Vircator device can cost well over US $ 200,000 to build. They often lose up to 90% of their power, unlike a microwave which manages to send most of the energy to reheat or cook your food.
A lot of work is still needed to build efficient and practical devices. Ernesto Neira, Chief Pulsed Energy Researcher at the Technology Innovation Institute, said: “Vircators present more questions than answers from a scientific point of view today. ”
The low efficiency of existing Vircator designs limits their adoption, as well as the lack of understanding of the maximum power levels they are capable of achieving. Therefore, researchers are always looking for a way to simulate a new design before building one. However, it often takes a few days to simulate a design’s performance, and finding the combination with the highest horsepower can require thousands of variations.
The new TII model allows them to identify the characteristics of a design with the highest power output in less than a second. This is similar to identifying the maximum speed that can be achieved with a specific engine on a range of different car setups. Neira said: “It could allow us to take advantage of more powerful Vircators on the pitch in the future.”