By Jeff Hecht
I first wrote approximately laser guns in 1976 in an editorial that was once released within the October 1977 factor of Analog technological know-how Fiction. the object was once truth, yet a technology fiction journal appeared a suitable position for it then. Now that the President of the U.S. can discuss beam guns in lethal severe tones on nationwide tv, it sort of feels time for a extra severe glance. This ebook is predicated on my research of knowledge i have accrued in years of writing approximately laser expertise. i haven't had a safety clearance, and notwithstanding that limits the data i've been capable of receive, it signifies that i will say issues that in a different way will be changed through [deleted]. i've been observing the sector lengthy adequate to play "fill within the blanks" with censored govt records and to make average guesses of what the various [deleted]s initially stated. There are not any easy solutions the following, simply advanced technical and security matters that deserve cautious learn and which are vital to the way forward for our country and the area. The safety matters raised within the latter 1/2 the e-book could seem extra instant to the overall 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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Some writers have tried to make their weapon ideas sound real by giving them realistic-seeming names or by borrowing real names, such as the laser. Few have made any real effort to think through how a laser would function as a weapon. That's not their joh--they're storytellers, not weapon designers or generals. Stories, however, are the things of which myths are made, and myths and misconceptions flourish in the absence of hard facts. With much of the beam-weapon program shrouded in secrecy, there's been plenty of opportunity for a full-fledged mythology of sorts to develop unhindered.
Lamberson. Today, the development of particle-beam weapons is generally consid- Turning Fiction into Fact 0 35 Inside view of the Pentagon's biggest particle-beam accelerator for weapon tests, the Advanced Test Accelerator at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Note the two workmen in light circle at upper right. ) ered well behind that of laser weaponry, a fact manifest in a fiscal 1983 budget request for laser weapons that is over eight times larger than for particlebeam research.
T. Shalunov, and N. N. Shirokov, JETP Letters 12, 321 (1970), cited in W. W. Duley, CO 2 Lasers Effects and Applications. (Academic Press, New York, 1976). 24. Early chemical laser development is recounted in Arthur N. Chester, "Chemical Lasers," in E. R. Pike, ed, High-Power Gas Lasers 1975 (Institute of Physics, Bristol and London, 1975) pp. 162-221. 25. Philip S. Klass, "Laser destroys missile in test," Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 7, 1978, pp. 14-16. 26. "Postdeadline reports," Laser Focus 17(8), 4 (August 1981).
Beam Weapons: The Next Arms Race by Jeff Hecht