posted on Nov, 17 2008 @ 03:22 PM
Makes for an interesting theoretical discussion...have a few ideas, nothing concrete though. Regarding heat considerations, not so long ago, heat and
lasers were considered inseparable, but with the development of UV laser technology, the heat aspect has become much less of an issue, no reason to
think you have to have something impossibly hot to have a functional cutting surface, a papercut still bleeds, after all. Perhaps a vibrational effect
using an ultra or subsonic field?
Power source issues, a tough one, but let's suppose a quantum singularity could be somehow harnessed to the task. Given the possible nature of such
things, it is likely to suppose that the singularity will have angular momentum, this could be used to drive a sympathetic generation device, perhaps
magnetically? Containment could be an issue, but the actual containment area might actually be rather small (size of a rocket launcher as opposed to
size of a building?), gravitational effects drop SHARPLY in degree with distance. They aren't eliminated, of course, but noticeable effects would be
less noticeable than would an electromagnetic effect, it's just a guess, and it's currently academic, though.
Current technology may not really be up to the task of dealing with quantum singularities, theoretical or otherwise. Biggest problem I can see
right now beyond that is mass considerations. Total package may or may not weigh very much, but a singularity possesses angular spin, and overcoming
the inherent inertia might make this thing seem HEAVY, or at least not as mobile as a handheld device might require. Compensating with magnetic
repulsion might only complicate containment of the singularity.
Another problem would be irradiation of the surrounding environment. The interaction this thing would have if not contained properly would likely
release a MASSIVE burst of X and gamma radiation, not to mention other as yet undiscovered effects on the user, and this is just the power source,
Coming up with the delivery end of the device might well be a nightmare by comparison, though with a steep enough gravitational gradient, a short
arc of light (if that's the preferred delivery) could be emitted,(not a sabre, but axblade?) and then promptly consumed by the singularity itself.
Trouble with that is it requires the containment to be relatively "open ended" at one point, risking containment breach. I agree with other posters,
a plasma field is the delivery of choice for this, though perhaps a harmonic vibration of the field could ameliorate the thermal output somewhat. This
might be accomplished magnetically, much as the sun uses its magnetic field to affect solar flares, a residual heat buildup would require the field to
be inactivated for a cool down period afterwards, limiting usefulness.
Well, all this is theoretical, anyway, implementing ANY of this is probably beyond our technical capacity right now, or for the foreseeable future.
It is nice to dream, though.