I wrote previously about UNM’s involvement with pulsed power research, specifically the E-Bomb. Here’s some more detailed information about one consortium where UNM was the lead university directing this research.
In June of 2001 UNM received a grant from the Defense Department for research on pulsed power applications. Part of that was a MURI (Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative) contract for $1 million for a three year period to research Compact, Portable, Pulsed Power (CP3), with a potential renewal totaling $5 million. The purpose of this MURI was “to develop innovative solutions in order to shrink the now bulky, laboratory-size, pulsed power systems in both size and weight for a variety of directed energy applications.” (1) The DOD is interested in reducing the size of these applications. We could guess they want to do that in order to find more weaponized uses for this research.
This project was one of two awarded by the DOD’s office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) that year on the topic of pulsed power.
The lead of the project was Prof. Edl Schamiloglu of UNM. Other major participants included Old Dominion University (contact being Prof. Karl Schoenbach) and the University of Reno, Nevada (contact being Dr. Robert Vidmar), with other contributions from several other institutions. Dr. Robert Barker of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research was the MURI manager.
UNM already had a facility called the Pulsed Power, Beams and Microwaves Laboratory. With this new contract that lab was relocated to a new “state of the art” facility.
Other collaborators included Sandia National Laboratories, Diversified Technologies,and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
All this shows the further extent that UNM is engaged in military research. It shows the collaborations with universities and other institutions with ties to the Defense Department and military contractors and laboratories.
1. Compact Portable Pulsed Power (CP3) MURI program, http://www.eece.unm.edu/cp3/about.html (accessed January 6, 2003)
As of 2007 Schamiloglu is still getting DOD funding for this research: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a465430.pdf