By Jeff Hecht
I first wrote approximately laser guns in 1976 in a piece of writing that used to be released within the October 1977 factor of Analog technology Fiction. the thing was once truth, yet a technology fiction journal appeared a suitable position for it then. Now that the President of the us can discuss beam guns in lethal severe tones on nationwide tv, it sort of feels time for a extra severe glance. This publication is predicated on my research of knowledge i have accumulated in years of writing approximately laser know-how. i haven't had a safety clearance, and although that limits the data i've been in a position to receive, it implies that i will be able to say issues that another way will be changed through [deleted]. i've been observing the sector lengthy adequate to play "fill within the blanks" with censored executive files and to make moderate guesses of what a number of the [deleted]s initially acknowledged. There aren't any basic solutions right here, simply advanced technical and protection matters that deserve cautious examine and which are vital to the way forward for our kingdom and the area. The safety matters raised within the latter half the booklet could seem extra rapid to the final reader, yet they're necessarily relating to the technological heritage laid in Chapters 4-9. in the course of the ebook, i've got documented my assets up to attainable, whereas respecting the confidentiality of knowledge given in private.
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The basic problem, to borrow some military terminology, is that there are more cost-effective antipersonnel weapons. High-performance military rifles are far less costly than the large lasers that would be needed to kill people. One of the laser's major attractions for some missions-the ability of the beam to travel in a straight line-is a liability when it comes to seeking out soldiers hiding behind rocks or in trenches. If lasers are ever put on the battlefield, their job will be to hit targets such as fast-moving missiles or attack aircraft that are hard to destroy with conventional weapons.
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Beam Weapons: The Next Arms Race by Jeff Hecht