What is Directed Energy?
Directed Energy (DE) covers a wide range of technologies, including High Power Microwave (HPM), Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), and LASER, to name a few. There are also several subsets of each of these DE technologies. Each technology is different, but they all serve the same basic purpose: performing tasks on a target with highly focused energy.
The premise of DE is using a large amount of energy in a short period of time to execute a task. Power is defined as energy over time. The more energy that can be delivered within a given time frame, the higher the power. In other words, DE systems require a significant amount of power.
While batteries store a considerable amount of energy, they are unable to deliver it quickly. Similarly, generators are inefficient in delivering high levels of power. But capacitors are the ultimate high-power devices because they deliver large amounts of stored energy rapidly and repeatedly. As a result, capacitors play a vital role in DE systems, and Quantic Evans hybrid wet tantalum capacitors are particularly well suited for these applications.
Traditional weapons technologies relied on kinetic weapons and explosives to disable targets. But the modern battlefield has changed. Now, with advanced DE weapons and surveillance-and-threat-protection technologies, we have significantly advanced our ability to keep war fighters safe, and improve their ability to execute missions accurately while minimizing collateral damage.
DE applications are not limited to the battlefield. Several research projects use high-power lasers to study nuclear fusion, and new medical treatments, among others. Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems use lasers to create 3D mappings of the environment. This technology is increasingly being used in autonomous vehicles.