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Subject: An Antimatter sword
Miles    4/30/2007 3:07:12 PM
I had thought of an antimatter sword, which is a more deadly weapon. The problem is that the antimatter blade won't remain in a blade shape. It would just expand. Is there a possible concept to keep the antimatter sword stable so it can be useful? I thought it would be a good weapon besides a light saber.
 
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andyf    errr   5/1/2007 11:11:32 AM
well except that its utterly useless
you turn it on, -boom- you lose the street
 
 
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flamingknives       5/2/2007 2:31:08 PM
I would have thought that a swords-worth of anitmatter would be ample to level a large city.
 
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andyf    true   5/6/2007 4:27:03 PM
spose what sort of mutual annihalation device you wanbt to vapourise yourself with really
 
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doggtag       5/7/2007 12:05:32 PM
Are you looking for something giving the effect akin to a lightsaber?
 
What you might be further pursuing would be,
some form of controllable plasma arc jet, tunable to give various lengths.
Being plasmis in nature it would (ideally) be intensely hot, as effective as the hottest cutting torches.
 
Of course, that would make it very bright also, especially when cutting thru a given substance.
 
We'd get there (plasma sword) sooner than we'll see some form of tuned particle energy sword using antimatter or some as-yet-undiscovered particle whose properties we can tune into beam form (and adjust its output) that allows us variable cutting capabilities against various materials.
 
 
...but either in the form of plasma sword, antimatter sword, or particle energy sword, we're going to need massively large power sources.
 
Could we create some sort of pocket-in-space generating device that could store a very large power source capacity into some subspace/hyperspace/bent space artificial pocket universe, and link it directly to feed our sword in this universe, yet because it exists outside our universe, we don't feel the effects of its physical bulk while wielding the weapon?
 
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andyf       5/7/2007 12:46:51 PM
peter f hamilton has 2 possibilites
1: gigaconductor, stores lots of power in a crystal
2; nilling d-sink, which from what I can gather is some quantum subspace battery sort of thing
 
I really dont think an energy sword of any sort will ever be used, too impractical
its the wrong sort of idea anyway.
if you were to talk to a guy from the dark ages about an ultimate weapon ,he would probably describe a lightsabre
its a whole 'magic sword' meme translated into technology
if you were to ask someone nowadays it would probably be a funky gun, like say the smartgun off aliens
 
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