A team of physicists from the Laser Centre of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Physics (an assumed sister school of the Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too) has been able to show us what a Star Wars Blaster would look like in real life. It’s cool, but not as cool as the movies.

The first downfall is that laser pulses move at the speed of light, so the human eye could never see it. Using a high-power laser, the team sent an ultra-short laser pulse through the air, using a modified camera and a cloud of water vapor to help make the laser more visible. Because of this, the camera was able to film the passage of the laser pulse, each film frame a separate pulse. Each pulse lasts a dozen femtoseconds, which is millionths of a billionth of a second. Even the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy can’t keep up with that.


The light in this photo from the video are the laser pulses.


The laser is the blue glow, while the orange light is plasma filament.

Now if only science can figure out a way to determine who shot first.


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Via [CNET]

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