Comments on Multimode Directed Energy Armament System
I suppose calling this a 'ray gun' might be going too far, since I doubt it's portable. With proper miniaturization, maybe. (Read
the complete story)
"Reminds me of the arc-throwers in Timothy Zahn's Cobras Two. The enhanced soldiers fingertip lasers could ionize a path in the air and throw a hefty arc over it. This seems like a beefed up version of the "air taser" designed for vehicles and IED's. "
(AJ Dual 4/27/2009 5:51:06 PM)
"Yeah, same here. I thought there was an article on here earlier about research using lasers to "guide" lightning, but I couldn't find it. I know I've seen it elsewhere, tho, like Project Rho. (tho the Arc-Throwers were part of the standard COBRA design, not just for the enhanced ones. the experimental one, in the third book, was a taser/stun-gun varient of it)"
(Ashley 4/28/2009 2:13:06 PM)
See also Ashley's extensive comments on the Arc Thrower technology in these comments to an earlier article."
(Bill Christensen 4/28/2009 2:44:46 PM)
""Now that I think about it, you might have done an article on this, instead: http://www.lightning.ece.ufl.edu/ Where I'm currently finding stuff about this is on Project Rho: http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/rocket3l.html#particlebeam and the link it leads to: http://www2.cnrs.fr/en/195.htm""
(Ashley 4/29/2009 4:17:38 PM)