Month: September 2008

Zap and You’re Dead

Or not. David Hambling, writing at Wired’s Danger Room about the latest in tactical laser weapons research, argues “Arough calculation suggests that exposed skin would be blistered/burnedin under a twentieth of a second, so the beam could play over thetarget at quite a high rate. It’s unclear whether clothing would havemuch protective effect or whether it would simply ignite and causesecondary burns.” More: “So instead of “zap-and-you’re-dead” in normal science fiction style,with a hundred kilowatt laser, it’s more a matter of spraying the targetall over to ensure they’re done. The description of the ATL as a ‘long range blow torch‘ is probably quite accurate.”