posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 11:53 PM
To both awakentired & elevenaugust
A magnetron is a directional emitter. Where you point it is where the beam goes.
In a microwave oven, there is a diffuser - in most cases it looks like a fan with 45deg blades that spin horizontally - at the top of the oven and it
spreads out the waves so that the food is cooked relatively evenly. Without it, we would end up with food burnt in some points and uncooked in
Magnetron's are not what I would call a high-level technology. Humans have been using them since WWII in RADAR systems and have been a common
household object(in a modern/western house) since the 1980's.
There are many other applications for using magnetron s in industry. I remember(late 1980's) seeing a wood mill using a combination of microwaves and
a press to heat and squeeze tree trunks into a square shape instead of cutting the trunks to square as you would normally find in a wood/lumber
A few years ago Mythbusters were using a magnetron to try and thwart(unsuccessfully) Police RADAR by firing the magnetron toward a "speed trap".
The car the magnetron was fitted to didn't explode and I don't seem to recall them mentioning having any problems with their insurance to do the
experiment. Usually they will just abandon an experiment if their insurance co' flags it as too risky.
So, from here we can ascertain that the magnetron doesn't make the device its fitted to a bomb unless the people making it are idiots - not likely -
and the technology is far from being considered "high-level"
edit on 22/6/2011 by OccamAssassin because: (no reason given)