U.S. Army Developing 'Lightening Bolt' to Attack Enemy Vehicles

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A team of scientists, from the United States Army, are developing a device that will shoot lightning bolts to destroy its target.

The Army's Laser-Induced Plasma Channel, or LIPC, is designed to destroy a target, such as an enemy vehicle, that will conduct electricity better than the air or ground that surrounds it, just like a real lightening bolt, reports the Daily News.

Lead scientist George Fischer said in a statement: "We never got tired of the lightning bolts zapping our (simulated) targets. Soldiers and science fiction fans, you're welcome."

"Light travels more slowly in gases and solids than it does in a vacuum. We typically think of the speed of light in each material as constant. There is, however, a very small additional intensity-dependent factor to its speed."

"We use an ultra-short-pulse laser of modest energy to make a laser beam so intense that it focuses on itself in air and stays focused in a filament."

The laser output is about 50 billion watts of optical power.


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