p2pnet news OT special | off topic:- An ex-US Navy seal, the man who invented holographic storage, a games software programmer and a matter/anti-matter ray-gun which, had it been in existence on September 11, might have prevented at least some of the devastation ……….
Notes for characters in a sci-fi movie? No. They’re the members of a real-life team who conceived and created a new weapon, the first of its kind.
Simply put, it sends high energy electrons careening at light speed down a special barrel and deployed around airports or other strategic locations in 2001, it could have been aimed at the terror aircraft, disrupting or destroying their electronic systems.
Behind it are ex-Navy seal captain Bob Adams (left), until a year ago a member of the high-tech Seal Teams, Michael Thomas (centre) with a nuclear physics background, and well-known to regular p2pnet readers as the inventor of the holographic disk drive, and Jed Margolin, one of Atari’s original hardware engineers.
Now the Optima Technology Group, as the three call their new joint enterprise, has developed Medusa, so named because anything it ‘looks’ at is stopped dead in its tracks.
Powered by any standard diesel of the type found in an Army Hummer and/or a ground based diesel generator, for example, it’s currently in beta with the first major prototype slated for testing towards the end of the year.
This seemingly unlikely group of people came together when Adams was involved in a patent litigation case, “and I needed an expert in software and hardware,” he told p2pnet. “I found Jed and after that, Michael, they consulted, we became good friends, and we said let’s form a new company and do some interesting things.”
Jed Margolin already held the patent on the directed energy weapon.
Two years ago another company working in this field posted his patented technology on their web site, he says, “along, with 13 other patents and a disclaimer (in small type) saying the patents were being provided as background only. I found out about it when I received an email from one of the company’s investors asking if the company had the rights to my patent. They didn’t. We sent them a Cease and Desist letter and they removed all of the patents from their site.”
How did he come up with the idea?
“I used to listen to the Art Bell show late at night and one of his favorite topics was Crop Circles,” he told p2pnet, going on:
Investigators determined that while some of the crop circles were obviously made by people dragging boards around the field others showed evidence of having been subjected to microwaves.
Since many of these crop circles had been made fairly quickly and without any reports of low-flying aircraft, I started wondering how to make a very tight microwave beam that would allow a high-flying aircraft to make a crop circle.
It doesn’t matter how crop circles are made. This comes under the category of, “That which is perceived as real is real in its consequences.”
The consequence was that, when I read a short item in Aviation Week & Space Technology about how a group at Los Alamos National Laboratory had developed a special kind of laser (one that produced a tightly focused ionized beam that could travel for long distances through the atmosphere) and were using it to discharge clouds to protect high-value assets from lightning strikes, I thought, “That sounds interesting, I wonder what else it could be used for.”
Then, when I was out for my nightly walk, I realized it could be used to make a waveguide for microwave energy and this tight beam could be used to make crop circles.
The leap from crop circles to energy weapons is a long one and, “I didn’t plan on becoming a weapons designer,” Margolin says, “but since this weapon gives the defense the advantage, I’m OK with it.
The ray-gun comprises the world’s first technology purpose-designed to control electron bunching outside a vacuum in air.
Normally, the electrons are collected or recaptured at the end of the klystron, a specialized vacuum tube. But by allowing them to stream freely to the high power microwave and high energy laser assembly, they’re turned into potentially lethal projectiles able to instantly destroy inorganic and organic material.
The klystron provides both the source of a high energy light speed electron particle beam, and a synchronous radio frequency so the electrons can align with the microwave transmitter output.
The main purpose isn’t only to use the microwave and laser electromagnetic fields (EMF), but also to provide a waveguide for keeping the electrons bunched together.
In normal air, the laser causes them to ionize, creating a linear circularized plasma field. But lasers bloom, or defocus, in air containing particulate matter, i.e. rain drops, dust or fog, and that, in turn, dramatically reduces their effectiveness. So the laser’s alternate purpose is to allow the electrons to move through the weapon assembly, safely preventing short circuiting of the electrons. And if the weather is good, the laser by itself will have an added deadly effect with high energy photon bombardment.
In addition, the high energy microwave part of the assembly is by itself capable of disabling and destroying unhardened targets.
The positive peaks of the alternating sine wave microwave pulses keep the electrons bunched during travel time to the target. The high energy laser and microwave coral the electrons and make sure the highly concentrated electron density patterns arrive at the target to completely ionize molecular matter by extreme high voltage discharge, causing particle breakdown and molecular disintegration.
Meanwhile, as with the thousands of other devices and systems which started out as weapons, the possibilities for non-military uses are endless.
Thomas says he’s excited about the possibilities for peaceful applications.
For example, “You could use it for interstella mining,” he says. “Bombard particles and cut pieces off asteroids. And we have other things in mind we don’t want to talk about just yet.”
“With Michael and Jed collaborating, who knows what else they’ll come up with?” – wonders Adams.
Definitely stay tuned.
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