Or not. David Hambling, writing at Wired’s Danger Room about the latest in tactical laser weapons research, argues “A
rough calculation suggests that exposed skin would be blistered/burned
in under a twentieth of a second, so the beam could play over the
target at quite a high rate. It’s unclear whether clothing would have
much protective effect or whether it would simply ignite and cause
secondary 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 target
all over to ensure they’re done. The description of the ATL as a ‘long range blow torch‘ is probably quite accurate.”
Mad scientists. They’re everywhere.
That’s enough brilliant analysis for today.