This is an important, if somewhat scary, story that was spotted and shared by V.T.,concerning the US Army's new Ultrashort Pulsed Laser System:
What I want to bring to your attention for today's high octane speculation is this:
The US Army is developing its most powerful laser yet that is a million times more powerful than current systems.
Most laser weapons fire a continuous beam until a target melts or catches fire, but the Tactical Ultrashort Pulsed Laser (UPSL) for Army Platforms will emit short, pulse-like bursts.
It's being designed to reach a terawatt for a brief 200 femtoseconds, which is one quadrillionth of a second, compared to the 150-kilowatt maximum of current systems.
Even for that infinitesimal amount of time, the UPSL could vaporize the surface of a drone.
It's also thought such a burst would disrupt nearby electronics systems, making it a functional electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
Unlike normal lasers, which spread out over long distances, a USPL can turn the air itself in a lens and keep its intensity intact.
'The sheer amount of intensity in a terawatt pulse laser is able to cause a non-linear effect in air resulting in a self-focusing filament,' according to the SBIR site. 'These filaments propagate without diffraction, providing a potential solution to the negative impact turbulence has on beam quality when propagating a conventional CW laser system.'
Now what I find intriguing about the possibilities mentioned here is something else not mentioned in the article. Numerous ways to prevent beam diffraction of lasers operating in atmosphere have been looked at over the years as engineers and scientists tried to make the late President Reagan's Strategic Defensive Initiative - better known as the "Star Wars" program - a reality. One of these was, of course, phase conjugation, which in its simplest form led to the construction of adjustable mirrors, i.e., mirrors with a flexible surface attached to springs, which would push or pull the surface of the mirror in response to beam diffraction. One example of such a mirror was supposedly in operation at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and may have played a role in the notorious Paul Bennewitz UFO affair.
Another method, more connected to this story, were black projects - some still ongoing - to create an ionized plasma channel for a laser beam to pass through. A similar phenomenon is involved in ordinary lighting, with feeder-arcs that presage a lighting strike.
Imagine, then, using the filamentary structure of these very high energy short-pulsed lasers to create such a channel for a plasma, such as occurs with lightning. In the proper electrical environment - one, for example, where there is a pronounced region of electrical dipole in the atmosphere - such a channel could lead to an immense, and directed, electrical discharge, one far exceeding the power of the laser itself.
Not for nothing, therefore, I assume, does the article mention blast discharges...
Or to put it more succinctly, there is much they're not telling us about the potentials (not to coin a pun), of this new laser platform. Think of it not as a "rod of God" technology, and more of a "thunderbolts of God" technology. Think of those Assyrian friezes of Marduk hurling his thunderbolts...
Ok... that's it; I've taken my high dive off the end of the twig of speculation.
See you on the flip side...