RexTalionis: Meh. If you pull the laser diode out of a bluray drive, it'll be powerful enough to pop black balloons, too.
Because People in power are Stupid: I don't get it. When does Iron Man fight balloons?
omnibus_necanda_sunt: What if you hooked up several blue-ray burner diodes by splicing fiber optic cables together?
Mega Steve: I liked his gauss gun better. While the model he made was not super practical, I can see that kind technology being very useful in punching through body armor and such.
buckler: Totally useful against this alien menace:[thethunderchild.com image 187x200]/hot like an overused elevator coil.
doglover: Mega Steve: I liked his gauss gun better. While the model he made was not super practical, I can see that kind technology being very useful in punching through body armor and such.You can stab through most bullet proof vests. They only work because lead and brass are soft. AP rounds have a steel core which, as the name implies, pierces the armor. With larger shells, like the infamous yet fictional .88 magnum, you can also pierce things with pure kinetic energy.Or, just look in a book on knights and pick something pointy. A 300lb test crossbow with a bodkin point (think ice pick) would probably do the trick if it's just going through armor on a range. Using one in war would be ill advised.A gauss gun is really just a big solenoid. You can fire a projectile fairly fast using only magnets, which is really cool. But the size of the capacitor bank you'd need to shoot a big one and the time between shots would make it a very impractical device as a weapon. Railguns need to be mounted on a boat and hooked to a nuclear reactor for similar power reasons.
RatMaster999: So this is vaguely more impressive than taping a couple of glow-sticks to my old Red Ryder...
rogue49: Call me when it's more powerful...It is possible to synthesize excited bromide in an argon matrix.Yes, it's an excimer frozen in its excited state.Impossible...you say? (paraphrasing)It's a chemical laser but in solid, not gaseous, form.Put simply...it's like lasing a stick of dynamite.As soon as we apply a field, we couple to a state that is radiatively coupled to the ground state.I figure we can extract at least ten to the twenty-first photons per cubic centimeter which will give one kilojoule per cubic centimeter at 600 nanometers, or, one megajoule per liter./...genius
ZeroCorpse: 1. Iron Man doesn't shoot lasers from his gauntlets. He shoots repulsor rays.
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