posted on Jul, 26 2008 @ 12:47 AM
I was just looking online about lightsabers and how they could work. I did see this special on the History Channel called "Star Wars Tech," that
talks about how Star Wars technology may or may not work in real life. Turns out, a lightsaber isn't a laser. For one, light beams don't just decide
to stop in their tracks after a few feet. Plus, if Obi-Wan and Darth Vader had a duel with a couple of laser lightsabers, it wouldn't exactly light
up the box office, because the lasers would just pass right through each other. However, lightsabers may be something called a plasma tube, which is,
obviously, a tube of superheated plasma. Now, I didn't really catch all the physics and stuff, so please add something if I'm a little sketchy. How
plasma tubes could work is that the lightsabers wouldn't pass through each other because their magnetic fields repel each other. And with a
temperature of roughly 2 million degrees, they probably could cut through most material. That would be a very hot and painful way to get killed.
Unfortunatley, with our modern technology, it takes a building full of equipment to generate a plasma tube, and lightsabers are about the size of a
household flashlight. But, with technology getting smaller and smaller over time, sometime in the future we may just be able to build something quite
like a lightsaber. As for re-enacting a lightsaber battle with a couple of plasma lightsabers, however...... PLEASE!! DON'T TRY IT AT HOME! IF YOU DO
YOU MUST BE A COMPLETE AND TOTAL MORON!!!!! That is all.