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originally posted by: punkinworks10
Imagine painting an entire division and detonating all of their energetic materials.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: awakendhybrid
There are weapons systems in the black world that could do incredible damage in an incredibly short period of time. Without the fear of nuclear weapons, and fallout.
One of them was so much more effective than they thought that a number of test observers were killed with the first shot.
The shortest distance from the ground to an airborne (or spaceborne) target is straight up. If you are woried about beam attenuation, and wanted to get the best test results, you would fire an energy beam perpendicular to the ground.
originally posted by: framedragged
a reply to: crazyewok
There's a thread that goes into great detail about that incident somewhere on ats. Bedlam gave a great rundown on why that wasn't some crazy laser weapon. Here it is!
a reply to: mbkennel
"...What's odd is that the reports are always straight 'up and down', which might imply some restriction about aiming, that it has to be perpendicular to gravitational equipotentials or something for obscure physical reasons..."
Well, don't want to be traveling along any field lines close to the ground now, do we? Might hit a plane or something! And if that is how they aim it I feel like it needs to be on a boat or a plane in a very very specific area to hit anything.
This same report mentions four main categories of applications:
'propulsion' (fuel for ultra-fast anti-missile rockets)
'power generators' (light and ultra-compact for military platforms in orbit)
'directed energy weapons' (antihydrogen beams or pumped lasers relying on very short duration energy release)
'"classified additional special weapons roles"' (various bombs triggered by antimatter)
In addition to the advantages related to its extremely high energy density and ease of ignition, annihilation has two important characteristics:
the release of energy in a matter-antimatter explosion is extremely fast (ten to a thousand times shorter than a nuclear explosion), and most of the energy is emitted in the form of very energetic light charged particles (the energy to mass ratio of the pions emitted in annihilation is two thousand times higher than the corresponding ratio for the fission or fusion reaction products).
With the help of magnetic fields, very intense pion beams can be created, to the order of 100 mega-amperes per microgram of antiprotons.
Such beams, if directed along the axis of an adequate device, can drive a magneto-hydrodynamic generator, generate a beam of electromagnetic waves, trigger a cylindrical thermonuclear explosion, or pump a powerful X-ray laser.
In the last case, for example, the pions' energy could be used to transform in a very uniform plasma, a long cylinder of a substance such as selenium, whose ionized atoms have excited states favorable to the spontaneous emission and amplification of coherent X-rays.
But this is only one of the many concepts that permit, thanks to antimatter, to conceive X-ray lasers having efficiencies ten to a thousand times higher than those pumped by any other known energy sources.
originally posted by: Astr0
.....and every one laughed at Zaphod58 when he said this was a muscle flex - a 'yeah, see this right here? its hammer time. You can't touch this....'
originally posted by: BASSPLYR
a reply to: framedragged
Thank You for the links to the other threads. I got some good reading coming up this weekend!!!
my advice. Bedlam is a treasure trove of fascinating info. I'd re-read his posts carefully. Lots of good stuff in his posts. Too bad I haven't seen him post on ATS in a while.
Regarding Mbkennel - that man knows his stuff too, and is ATS seniority- he's been where a while and has really travelled deep down the rabbit hole before looking for answers and can be an excellent guide to point you towards long forgotten or buried Bedlam posts. I'd hit him up. He knows how to chart these alice in wonderland like seas of conspiracy mystery, and he can probably point you to some good old school links regarding Bedlam.