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Science trumps the Force to create a real-life lightsaber

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posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 01:03 PM
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Here you go fanboys!!!!




photons -- which are the elementary particles of light -- tend to be massless and kind of aloof. If you shoot two laser beams at each other, the photons just pass right through each other without so much as a hello or a high five. But when the researchers fired a few photons into a vacuum chamber with a cloud of extremely cold rubidium atoms to take advantage of an effect called a Rydberg blockade, the photons started hanging out and even left the chamber together as the first "photonic molecule" -- a sort of quantum bromance -- ever observed. And it's that bond between new particle bros that creates the new form of matter, which bears a resemblance to that most awesome weapon from a galaxy far, far away.


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posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 01:22 PM
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I've always wondered if it would be possible to use a clump of lasers in a handle with a clear plastic stick in the middle and a mirrored end cap to reflect the beams back to make a toy lightsaber. Obviously it would only work in smoke or a fog machine but it would be awesome.

Obviously not what they are talking about here, but I may rig one up one day.



posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 01:41 PM
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I saw this article earlier... Pretty sweet stuff!

I am particularly interested in this effect being used in display applications. It would be so awesome to have a holographic display or even a better 3D implementation.



posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 01:52 PM
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An implementation of a similar thing exists! There's a book called "Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius" in which there are plans for a "light saber" using a neon tube and some electronics. It is pretty sweet because it uses your hand to manipulate a circuit where you can modulate the length of the tube that lights up (the whole extend/retract effect).

I made one from the kits they sell on their website... It's pretty sweet. Though, you do have to be careful since it's just a neon tube.



posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 02:28 PM
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GogoVicMorrow
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I've always wondered if it would be possible to use a clump of lasers in a handle with a clear plastic stick in the middle and a mirrored end cap to reflect the beams back to make a toy lightsaber. Obviously it would only work in smoke or a fog machine but it would be awesome.

Obviously not what they are talking about here, but I may rig one up one day.


If you incorporated your own mini fogger, directed the output vapour up the hollow plastic pipe in the center, and drilled a few holes along the pipes length...you'd be able to see the laser beams in the vapour.

Not sure of the power requirements, but it's do-able with a small Li-ion backpack or belt bag.

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posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 03:16 PM
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already posted here:

www.abovetopsecret.com...
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posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 06:31 PM
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These Cambridge smarties didn't just make "Star Wars" real, they've brought "TRON" to life at the same time! All because of the power of friendship ... and science!



posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 06:42 PM
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Now Disney has props for their next Star Wars film.



posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 06:46 PM
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id say they still many years away from making a real light sabre
Imagine a bunch of drunk hoons getting hold of light sabres
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posted on Sep, 29 2013 @ 09:21 AM
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I recall seeing the Spyder 3 which is about as close to a lightsaber in the weapon sense, as I think the public can see or touch ..or that exists. Cool article, too!

A weapon has just one fatal flaw at this point tho..and the OP img doesn't show that part. The beam needs the power to kill but the ability to stop ...like..Oh NO! STOP!!.. Otherwise, Luke and Obi-Wan would have literally brought the house down, every time they'd worked a 360 degree circle with a light saber, right?

So miniaturize to pack a high yield continuous laser or plasma or whatever ..AND a way without physical means of any kind, to stop the beam 2-3 feet out without breaking the contained length. Pretty much ever, when you think about it. Imagine a split second oops during the Arena scene in Clone Wars... 'Ooops to the whole 300th row, way in the back as the beam ran the distance for a moment....clean up on row 300...'



posted on Sep, 29 2013 @ 09:44 AM
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because something can be done in a "quantum extreme"...does not make it viable outside that environ. because something can be imagined, does not mean it can be realized.



posted on Sep, 29 2013 @ 09:49 AM
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cavtrooper7
Now Disney has props for their next Star Wars film.

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Yeah, till they accidently cut beiber in half....NOW THAT WOULD BE AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNING SCENE!!
pass the popcorn! lol





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