posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 06:05 PM
reply to post by Outofcontrol
What exactly makes it fake?
This is where knowledge is your friend.
Lets see; its a REAL laser, on a startrek case... Why is it "fake"?
Because there is a difference between a laser and a phaser. A phaser, as the name implies, operates based off of phase modulation of the emitted
radiation. It is, essentially, an upgraded laser. A laser simply dumps a large amount of energy into the target. A phaser induces molecular
shearing forces. Rather than trying to burn the piss out of something - it makes it tear itself apart.
So, in that sense, it is not a phaser. The construction of a phaser would require very advanced quantum dot silicon construction with very tight
emission control. While it would be possible to build a prototype that operates in the manner described, you are looking at a several billion dollar
project that will demonstrate the phenomena under laboratory analysis (as in using very sensitive test equipment and not producing much in the way of
We'll probably see it come along, eventually, in the manufacturing industry - as a phaser offers a much more efficient way of cutting various
materials with precision - but I wouldn't expect to see prototypes pursued for another 10-20 years (depending upon the economy and the direction the
market takes manufacturing). Weaponized applications will likely be 30+ years off - and that will be reserved for naval point-defense applications as
a replacement for Rolling-Frame Missiles and solid state laser arrays (which would, theoretically, replace both rolling frame and phalanx as the CIWS
Now - in another sense - you have a high-intensity laser that requires quite a period of time to deal appreciable damage. In that regard - it
doesn't even approach a "star trek" phaser in application (which could be said of a laser of sufficient power to, within a few milliseconds, apply
enough power to cause appreciable damage to a target).
Don't get me wrong - it's a cool little project. But it's little more than an amped up laser pointer. Taking apart a laser projector will give
you lasers that are closer to being practical for weapons.