Welcome to the 14th International EML Symposium

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The 14th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology Symposium will be held June 10-13, 2008, at the Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia. The Institute for Advanced Technology at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to host this event under the sponsorship of the U.S. Army.

The Electromagnetic Launch Technology Symposium (EML) is a biennial event that serves as the principal forum for the discussion, interchange, and presentation of research on critical technologies for accelerating macroscopic objects or projectiles to hypervelocities using electromagnetic or electrothermochemical launchers.

The EML Symposia have a long-standing international reputation as a catalyst for stimulating research in the field of electromagnetic launch. During the Symposium, researchers share and exchange a wealth of knowledge through oral and poster presentations. The Symposium’s proceedings are the major archival source of papers published in this field.

We are at the threshold of a new era in the applications of electromagnetic launch technology. Significant developments in hypervelocity electromagnetic launch and in hypervelocity high-G guidance and control components have provided the impetus for exploring advanced electromagnetic launchers capable of providing revolutionary new capabilities.

The ability to use electromagnetic energy to controllably propel objects to extremely high speeds has broad and important consequences for many elements of our society, including transportation, communications, energy, national defense, and space. The technology for using electromagnetic energy pulses to accelerate materials to extremely high speeds is only now sufficiently advanced that it is being exploited to evaluate the survivability of space structures and the survivability and lethality of military weapons systems. Electromagnetic launchers are now capable of accelerating objects to such high speeds that projectiles are capable of traveling many hundreds of kilometers or penetrating the most advanced modern armors, and there is a renewed and growing interest in using electromagnetic launchers to reach sufficiently high speeds to put objects in orbit around the earth.

All technical presentations at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings by the Institute for Advanced Technology and, following peer review, selected papers will be published by the IEEE as a special issue of the Transactions on Magnetics.


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Contact: Michelle Ramsey
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We are at the threshold of a new era in the applications of electromagnetic launch technology.

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