In the United States are developing a laser plasma torch

US military scientists are developing an unusual look. weaponswhich uses LIPC (laser-induced plasma channel). The essence of this invention is to use a laser beam capable of "tearing" electrons from air molecules and create a plasma conductive cord that can destroy manpower and technology, reports

According to George Fisher, a leading scientist at the LIPC project, work is underway to create a very short laser pulse with enormous power. For a period equal to two to three trillionths of a second, it is quite possible to fit the power that exceeds the needs of a large city.

Such nsEP (nanosecond electrical impulse) can become a powerful weapon with which the Pentagon plans to send up to fifty billion watts of electrical / optical power to the target. Very powerful nsEP can instantly destroy any living thing. Whether it can affect fortifications and armored vehicles remains to be studied, since much will depend on the duration and power of the impulse.

Already, when creating the LIPC, several serious technological barriers arose before military scientists. Thus, the plasma channel, which must be kept stable for at least a short time and directed at the target, will self-destruct. In addition to this, there is a danger that when the formation of the channel and the focusing of the beam on air begin, the destruction of both the optical system of the laser and the shooters themselves will occur. It is necessary to reduce the load on the optical systems and maintain it at a low level until the formation of the plasma channel occurs, and the energy is not directed towards the target.

There are also other problems associated with high-voltage laser synchronization, as well as with the creation of capacious power sources and the weapon itself. There are chances that some of these problems can be solved with the help of the most powerful pulsed NIF laser, which recently set a record for the power of a laser pulse.

It is obvious that the plasma laser cannon will be large, so it can fit only on board ships and trucks. However, the indisputable advantages that it will demonstrate on the battlefield, will fully pay for the enormous energy consumption and dimensions.
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    1. snek
      August 16 2012
      For a period equal to two to three trillion fractions of a second, it is quite possible to absorb energy that exceeds the needs of a big city.

      We need to work out the enta energy for a start, and here we run into the problem of all energy weapons - energy generation and storage devices that are large, expensive and require a lot of attention.
      The picture from the QiC smiled, although I was there more for the GCDs - one vision one purpose
      1. +4
        August 16 2012
        As long as there is oil, new batteries will not appear.
    2. +4
      August 16 2012
      snekAnd Kalash, as always, will be the best and most reliable.
    3. tarez
      August 16 2012
      "Obviously, the plasma-laser cannon will be large, so it will only fit on board ships and trucks. However, the undeniable advantages that it will demonstrate on the battlefield will fully pay off both its enormous power consumption and size."

      Everything will run into energy! until small-sized sources appear, such weapons will be singular and fantastic.
      1. +3
        August 16 2012
        Fig. 19. United Defense Power Supply, used

        for laboratory and field tests of the ETS / CARTm gun, includes a movable 11 - MJ unit.
        This is the power supply for the Gaussian gun, and what then should be the B / P for the plasmogan, with its declared power .... belay lol
    4. +6
      August 16 2012
      Star Wars ... Episode VII ... "Beat the Jidai, Save the Galaxy" wassat
    5. minister
      August 16 2012
      the Pentagon needs all this to launder money, they don’t need more
    6. Bismark
      August 16 2012
      As far as I know from the electives of physics, to cut a sheet of metal with a laser, you need a very large amount of electricity, that is, you need a small power station. I am generally silent for plasma. In short, they sat down something and it turns out that one gun will be the size of a destroyer.
      1. Protey
        August 17 2012
        It does not use laser energy, the beam creates a conductive channel through which the discharge occurs. In general, such an idea came to me in 1969,
        by golly!
        1. zelenchenkov.petr1
          2 September 2012
          And not only to you !!!!
    7. +2
      August 16 2012
      first they would modify the rail weapon, and then take up the plasma. "You will chase two hares, you won't catch a single one!" wink
    8. Lech e-mine
      August 16 2012
      DREAMS OF WORLD LIVING are haunted by the US State Department. Day and night the poor are tormented to come up with something like this to gain an advantage over the RUSSIANS and CHINESE. And they don’t remember about the history of all colonialists like NAPALEON and HITLER. It looks like we will have to chase our steppes and forests again these shit.
    9. Russian
      August 16 2012
      It reminds me of a joke about a watch that shows all-all-all - only a suitcase of batteries comes with it. If the gun is the size of a destroyer, then an aircraft carrier with batteries should still be floating behind it.
    10. oviplokos
      August 16 2012
      The USA, as usual, wants to conquer the planet.
      1. Protey
        August 17 2012
        And we, as usual, fight for peace! That's how we live.
    11. dobry-ork
      August 16 2012
      Gentlemen! Isn't it time to think about it? Now for such a weapon you need a "suitcase with batteries". But everything is changing. What if tomorrow those pin_os will invent a pocket nuclear power plant? What do you say to this? Yes, at the current level of energy development such a gun is complete bullshit, but what will happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow? How about getting ahead of those dumb ones?
      1. +1
        August 16 2012
        We already have this, and the current one - the mobile laser complex MTLK-20 or MTLK-50 developed by TRINITY ... So who is catching up with anyone is still unknown .... Yes
    12. +7
      August 16 2012
      As far as I remember from a debate on a relevant topic back in the distant 80s, the main problem of all this exotic is not the pumping of the necessary energy, but precisely the difficulty of transferring it from point A to point B. Starting with high-power lasers. Here is a vigorous bo ... sorry, here is a coherent beam of high energy, and on its way suddenly appears some kind of, sorry for the expression, crap. That is, for example, a speck of dust. Or even simpler crap, like temperature fluctuations in the air. What's happening? Right. The grain of dust evaporates, and the fluctuation region is ionized. And what else is going on? Correct too. Change in optical conductivity at a given point in space. And then a completely ridiculous process begins. Part of the "summer" beam begins to warm up this low-transparency area and ... makes it (the area) even less transparent and more extensive. This results in a "breakdown" of the medium, which ultimately absorbs the energy of the entire beam. "Malan" (in the sense of "morality") - a shot of a smoke or aerosol grenade from any modern weapon is enough for the Supergun to heat the air white at a safe distance.
      The creation of a controlled "breakdown" harness is generally das ist fantastic. Unless somewhere in the stratosphere. But this is already an area of ​​missile defense ... or UFOs.
      1. 0
        August 17 2012
        kulpin, great layout !!!! +
        That's right, they are trying to come up with weapons, and we will shower them with the theory !!! wink
        It all looks like a PR show and drank $
    13. +1
      August 16 2012
      There is a branch of the Basov Institute in Samara ... I have repeatedly said that science fiction is scientific and not very ... Scientific when something is missing ... and not very when it is impossible due to physical laws ... few people know but as the temperature rises, air conductivity decreases ... and so on ...
    14. Oleg Rosskiyy
      August 18 2012
      One word - "Empire of Good". Why would the Pentagon not get into a sick head, just to destroy all living things more gracefully.
    15. Bars90
      3 September 2012
      Do they have their own Star Inestris there ?! Soon, iron people will fly with lightsabers ... and throw used diapers
    16. 0
      August 1 2015
      Americans all want to play star wars. Let's see.

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