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Plasma is a very powerful substance, is it even possible to contain it in a battery to use in a handheld weapon?
Plasma is a very powerful substance
Talking about plasma i love these little toys, they cut through almost anything.http://www.plasmacutters.co.uk/
What about a weapon that, like the cutter, creates a plasma, contains it in a magnetic field and then uses the field - or a new technology - to project the plasma towards an object?
The nearest thing to 'your ray gun' (harking back to the 50s and 60s) is the airborne chemical laser. Its pulse travels at c, in a straight line and, if you can see something, you can blast it within a couple of microseconds.These wobbly balls of plasma things don't really seem to be what is needed at all.
The original post was talking of handguns.Are you sure that a plasma 'bullet' would travel fast in air? It would have much less mass and would be less dense - suggesting that it would be very susceptible to drag at high speeds.
The US military are doing serious tests, despite the 'reflecting missile' issue. If the beam were well enough focused on the target, you could probably generate enough surface heating to stain the reflector and then it would be a runaway situation as the reflectivity got worse.Or how about the field would be so intense that the surface would become non linear and then the reflection would be imperfect? Any ideas about that?
As I mentioned, a candle flame produces ions and can be said to be a plasma.If you have the right equipment you can measure the electrical conductivity of the flame that these ions produce. With slightly more complex kit you can measure the conductivity produced by the ions after you blow them across the room.Lordy! Lordy! Traveling plasma carrying energy (that's almost too small to notice) across the room at a speed less than that of light (quite a lot less- about walking pace) using "furturistic" technology that (a candle, your mouth and (I suspect, though I havent tried it ) a gold leaf electroscope invented by a bloke who died in 1799).Is this thread going anywhere?
OK, maybe you missed the sarcasm/ irony. The point I was making is that even with ridiculously simple things you can project plasma across the room. It just doesn't achieve much.In the same way, I could roll a tennis ball across the room and achieve very little. Of course I could fire the ball from a cannon- that way it would go through a window.There's nothing "magic" about plasma any more than a tennis ball. The important bit is how hard you throw it.So far we are better at throwing bullets than plasma and I think it will stay that way.
to create a weapon like that you should create that gas at instant or find a container.