posted on Dec, 27 2012 @ 06:07 PM
reply to post by diedagaincraftsmen
I find it hard to believe that with all the research done on quantum well lasers for computing devices that no one has thought of a way to create a
massive series of quantum well lasers in succession along a rifle barrel or some kind of hand held device.
There really should already be a progressively amplified light signal powered from a back pack battery at the least that could really do some damage.
Just a thought...wait. I found it!
"Military interest in higher-power mid-IR sources has led to development of watt-class QCLs. In 2009, a DARPA-funded team at Pranalytica (Santa
Monica, CA) reported a then-record CW room-temperature output of 3 W at 4.6 µm. Their novel design allowed simultaneous optimization of several
design parameters, reducing threshold current density to ..."
And finally (really, guys? you don't know how Google works?)
"Mounted directed-energy weapons are only a matter of time. The prospects for small, handheld laser armaments are not nearly as promising.
"For strategic and tactical weapons, you can store energy on planes, boats or Humvees," said Beason, "but unless a super-source of energy is
invented, you may never be able to do it with handheld weapons."
In theory, advances in battery technology eventually could make such weapons possible. But even if they do, the weapons may not fire the bright green
or red beams sci-fi fans might expect."