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Comments on MAHEM Metal Jets Like Clarke's Stiletto Beam
This idea amazed me the first time I read about it, in Arthur C. Clarke's excellent novel 'Earthlight.' (Read the complete story)

"Well, there is a temperature limit above which metals become non-magnetic (Curie temperature), and it is well below the melting point. So Earthlight's "stiletto beam", at least as it is explained in the book, should not be possible. I suppose they have found a way to solve that, but how can you shoot electromagnetically a non-ferromagnetic slug?..."
( 4/24/2008 2:06:08 PM)
"Because the Curie Point only applies to permanent magnets, not electromagnets. For example the Sun is well beyond the Curie Point but generates a huge magnetic field. I'd like to add that Tesla created mercury and tungsten ion beam weapons by the 1930s but they were electrostatically accelerated. "
(MrX_TLO 4/27/2008 12:01:38 AM)
"the "Spiker" weapon from Halo uses molten metal rounds. not sure if its mentioned how they're fired."
( 2/22/2012 12:37:54 PM)

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