posted on Jun, 30 2004 @ 02:37 PM
I talked to a theoretical physicist here at the university and he says that a weapon with the properties of a lightsaber could be build, but not using
You could use plasma, in a convection current confined within a cone-shaped electromagnetic field. This would create a weapon sword-shaped, with the
offensive properties of a lightsaber. It would slice with immense heat, but because of the field it would only be released upon contact, and also
because of the field you could parry and block one saber with another.
It also would not require a focusing crystal, instead working on the same properties of convection that one sees on the upper levels of the sun.
There are some practical drawbacks however:
The energy required to heat the plasma and create an electromagnetic field strong enough would require a small-ish nuclear reactor.
There could be electromagnetic snags if the field is not properly calibrated, causing mini-solar flares to be flung from the blade when the field
An EMP could make for a very very bad day with one of these.