Lim Jyue (
Wed, 15 Nov 2000 15:11:16 +0800

At 14:38 11/12/2000 EST, wrote:
>Actually, you're wrong. When a laser hits a surface(any surface), that
>surface is vaporized, producing a cloud that defuses the laser, weakening it.

        Right, but if you sweep across an area, won't you lose penetration
power? I feel that penetrative power is more important here, since you want
to get into the innards of the ship rather than sand off armour.

>I would think that the reason beam weapons are so damaging is from the fact
>that they aren't block by simple aerosols like lasers are.

        Good point!

At 15:11 11/12/2000 EST, wrote:
>My point was that you are either going to fire inert crowbars or active
>missiles, not some hybrid of the two.

        Can you fire active missiles out of a railgun? I don't think that
using a missile made up of connected components in a railgun is a good idea,
especially with the increase possibility of failure of munitions.

>Surprisingly, not really. You can burn most explosive with little to no
>harmful effects (other than the release of a few toxic gases).

        Interesting, and good to know. But won't the material underneath be
melted/ burnt too, due to the heat of the plasma?

>I would say that high energy Electro-Magnetic Pluses will be in the most
>inconveinent portion of the EM spectrum, as seen for a military point of view.

        Right, but won't Minovsky particles also block out the
lower-frequency EMP?

Lim Jyue
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