posted on Sep, 4 2004 @ 10:59 AM
Plasma doesn't necesarily block lasers as much as it absorbs most of the energy, that would explain why plasma sheilds are more popular, it absorbs
the energy from laser.
But I guess it would be nice to have an alloy that deflects lasers.
So plasma can act as both stealth and a shield, but it depends on the power source aboard the aircraft, the more powerful the laser the more power you
need for the plasma, the plasma to absorb the laser energy needs to have more energy than the shot itself, so if you had a positively charged particle
cannon firing at a plasma shield, you better hope there are ten nuclear reactors behind that shield, if not it won't hold out.
There is a limit even to energy except more energy, the more the energy the more powerful the shield, but you have to understand that shields take
more energy to power than lasers and need to over an open field of solid matter, so that would require massive amounts of energy.
So it would be better to have an alloy that deflects energy beams and lasers. Other than that, high powered lasers will be able to breach small low
powered plasma shields on aircraft. The more you think about it, the harder it is to put a plasma shield on a fighter jet or bomber, maybe something
larger and slower perhaps, high speed makes up for low amounts of power and high amounts of power make up for low speed.
It all seems to add up and equal the same thing, the slower something is it would need massive amounts of energy to move, the faster it is the less
energy it can store for a shield(size does matter here).
I'm trying to explain this as simple as I possibly can, a fighter is too small to have a reactor powerful enough to power a plasma shield to absorb
lasers, so speed makes up for that, and a carrier or a large transport plane has space to carry enough power for a plasma shield that absorbs energy
from lasers to make up for that object not being able to move very quickly and not being so agile.
The faster something is, the less armor, the slower and bigger something is, the more armor it WOULD NEED, so does not mean it would automattically
have alot of armor, I can build a massive ship and it could have no armor, not the point IT WOULD NEED alot of armor.