BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The new Star Wars just premiered and the frenzy over the science fiction world encourages people to think of the impossible but some would be disappointed to learn that a real lightsaber cannot be made of laser.
The Star Wars movies have revolutionized not only the film industry but they’ve also inspired many people if not to make, at least to think about how the machines in the movies could become real. NASA scientists already told us we need an asteroid to build a Death Star and now scientists tell us a real lightsaber should be made of plasma.
Of course, ever since the first Star Wars movie, people have tried to replicate lightsabers in different ways: plastic, laser-based equipment or even flame throwers, which were obviously dangerous.
A team that recreates sci-fi weapons has posted a video on Youtube with their recreation of the lightsaber. They made a methanol flamethrower that was encased into the frame of the lightsaber. Moreover, they also added sound effects to it. The lightsabers they made come in different colors which they managed to do by mixing various chemicals.
There are other teams who have use lasers to recreate a lightsaber. After all, that’s what the ‘real’ lightsabers from the movie seem to be made of. The replicas made are able, just as the ones in the movies, to burn and cut object with their beams. Obviously, owning such an item is extremely dangerous because of they are a fire hazard and can put in danger your personal safety as well as the others’. After all, not everyone has been taught the ways of the Force.
The main problem with any lightsaber is that even if you create a beam of light powerful enough and similar enough to the ‘real’ one, the question remains: how are you going to control it? Ok, you might be able to encase flames but a laser beam goes on and on forever. It appears that weapons similar in powers to the lightsaber actually exist. However, they are huge in size and cannot possibly be handled.
Some physicists believe it could be possible to build a lightsaber if you manage to somehow redirect the beam to reflect back on itself. But it is still not clear if that can be done with a laser, so it looks like the most obvious solution has to be ruled out.