posted on Nov, 14 2014 @ 10:34 PM
Probably three or four things to get it working, I could take a guess:
- Free electron laser
- Supercapacitors (graphene based?)
- Fluidic lenses (uses index of refraction on the fluid boundary of different gases swirled in a vortex chamber)
- Small fusion reactor, something like CSTAR (Compact Spheromak Transient Arc Reactor) concept
The type of laser in 1 should be obvious. And 2 will have the high current discharge needed for 1. Item 3 allows fast focus, and although it's using
consumables there's no expensive high-quality optic to burn out. And 4 is necessary if you want this to be portable on something smaller than a navy
ship and have a fast refresh rate.
Of course it's all speculation on my end, but all those things are interesting ideas being proposed and not just some entirely random things I made
Oddly enough, I think a mini version would be a rather neat garage project. (If only I weren't too broke to try. Having it work might PO' the wrong
people though.) Enough descriptions on the internet to get an idea of how the necessary components work. Even the fusion reactor could be considered a
glorified sparkplug when reduced to the most basic principle. Just some of the materials may be tricky to work out, but I doubt they're that exotic.
Most of the cost of the things I could think of goes into precision machining and high-quality components/materials.
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