posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 08:39 PM
Originally posted by yuppa
reply to post by Bedlam
Somehow I do not think the FEL causes nuclear explosions. Just because its powered by it does not make it
explode. A FEL can be very precise as well.
Didn't say nuclear anything.
What happens when you dump enough energy at a target like a metal beam to instantly melt it? It doesn't melt. You get surface ablation, a plasma
bloom, then energy absorption by reverse brehmsstrahlung, that causes the beam energy to NOT melt the beam, but convert into expanding the bloom
catastrophically. We call that "an explosion".
Also, the bloom will reflect a portion of the beam randomly all over the island. Now, if you have a FEL banging away at it, you've got plenty of
power to toast up Manhattanites for a mile around - if you're positing that the beam was FELd away in a split second, you've got plenty left over
for killing everyone like hot dogs in a microwave. Yet, that didn't happen. No bloom, no plasma, nothing.