posted on Nov, 8 2002 @ 08:43 AM
Originally posted by UniQue Werkx:
"One thing I don't understand is if the laser is infrared and not to see with naked eye... How can it blind someone?!?! Does it burn the eyes up or
when reflected it makes it visable light?!?! And if you're that close won't it burn you up?!?! Maybe QO can clarify that....."
MDS covered this quite nicely, but to put it another way. infra red is just a wavelength of e-m radiation, as are microwaves. we all know that
sticking your head in a microwave is dangerous, as is a sticking your head infront of a collimated, coherent beam of microwaves from a microwave laser
(originally, and correctly termed a maser). same applies here. it doesn't matter that the infra red frequencies are beyond range detected by the
human eye, they will still cook you. in fact, they will cook ALL of you, its just that the retina happens to be one of the piece of tissues most
easily-damaged by an external light source.