as the main firearm of the resistance i'm sure many of you are intimately familiar with this weapon.
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That's a fair amount of heat – but what's important is the concentration of the energy. If it's placed in a very tight narrow beam, then it can probably bore a hole right through you.
a 40 mW laser can instantly burn a hole through paper. This is 1000x the energy
You make some good points. I googled this question and found this thoccupychristmas.org, but before reading this I guessed a couple of things:
-It's a movie and the time travel shyte is bafflingly inconsistent, so who cares?
-The 40 Watts may refer to any mechanism in the gun rather than the round's power itself. e.g.: Trigger, control, projection mechanism
There's tonnes of other explanations, sure, but I mostly just was curious if I was missing something obvious about plasma physics.
Same reason as you have to run for so long to burn off a 200 “calorie” soft drink.
Like kilocalorie, people got careless in casual use and dropped the “kilo”.
Remember though, that the weapon is not a laser rifle, it is a plasma rifle. The 40 watt laser is just the catalyst for the plasma bolt.
So are you saying that the 40 watts are used to ignite the plasma projectile or that the 40 watts are used to magnetically contain the plasma projectile.
Either way in this case the 40 watts refer to the size of the plasma projectile fired. Which could make a certain amount of sense.
40 watt is 40 joule per second energy consumption. We are talking about the ability to lift 1 kg up by 4 meter per second. Now, have that 1kg projectile punching you will small impact area (high pressure) and survive.
a little bit of quick google-fu gave me the answer that a particularly hard punch can deliver 75 joules of energy.
joules aren't about mass speed, just energy needed to perform a task.
even a standard lightbulb uses more watt's per second then 40.
It's probably either mega or giga watts.
What most likely happened is that the rifles had a range of energies, from maybe 5 MW to 200 MW, and people started referring to it as “watts”, because its faster.
At this point I'll be fucked if anyone besides a few cueballs know, it's not like we have google anymore.
40 watts is a really awkward figure to explain. If you take it to be individual photon energy in the plasma, it's massively too big. If you take it to be total energy transferred to the target it's massively too small (kilowatt lasers and up would be expected). My explanation is no one on the set had a sense of scale for how much “40 watts” was in relation to personal firearms, and so it went into the script.
If I had to invent an explanation out of nothing, it's possible plasma weaponry in the Terminator franchise overcomes the blooming problem by emitting thousands or ten of thousands of pulses a second at 40 watts a piece. Each pulse is low enough energy to avoid problems, but the net effect is the weapon is still able to put kilowatts to megawatts of energy on target.
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