"If a laser beam is intense enough, its electro-magnetic field is strong enough to rip electrons off of air molecules, creating plasma," George Fischer, lead scientist for the project, said in a story by Picatinny's public affairs staff. "This plasma is located along the path of the laser beam, so we can direct it wherever we want by moving a mirror."
Where you might want to direct it is at, say, an enemy vehicle or an unexploded artillery shell.
October 6, 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Photo by: U.S. Army
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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