• Question: would it be possible to utilise plasma as a weapon?

    Asked by shrike to Gioia, Iain, Jo, Leo, Mariam on 23 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Joanna Watson answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      Crikey. I have no idea. I don’t know much about plasma – you probably know more than I do.

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      Mariam Orme answered on 20 Jun 2010:

      No idea, sorry… I hope one of the other scientists has an answer for you.

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      Iain Moal answered on 23 Jun 2010:

      Yes, but not a very good one. All attemps to make long-range plasma-based weapons have failed. There is one device under research in the US though, called the PEP (pulsed energy projectile), which is non-leathal and might be used for crown control.