Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the box office last weekend, and probably will again Christmas weekend. Star Wars toys, costumes, and paraphernalia are always good go-to gifts. But, is it possible that scientists could build a real lightsaber?
According to an article in Christian Science Monitor, YES! Since a real lightsaber would possess the power to tear through human flesh, cut steel, and most other objects, I don’t foresee it becoming a holiday gift. But, I guess every Star Wars nerd needs something to chop their fruit with.
The article suggest that plasma technology could be used to power the force of the blade. (Get it? force) Plasma blades could be controlled slightly with a strong magnetic field which would have be built into the handle. It would then have to be forceable cooled in someway, so that a Jedi or crazed-fan could wield the real lightsaber.
Lastly, it would need both a ceramic core (to contain that plasma heat, so you don’t just blast everything) and a force field. The force field would have to block infrared light, so that part of the spectrum wouldn’t damage your lightsaber. This all sounds extremely easy, I might go cook one of these up in my garage over the weekend. (JK)
If this existed, I might have to become a woodsman and chop down trees with my lightsaber. I mean how awesome would that be? Going to work with a real lightsaber and just slicing and dicing. I would build log cabins for the rest of time.
Unfortunately, I think people today are too violent. Guns are already a massive problem. I fear a real-live lightsaber might just be helping some crazed person murder a lot of people in an efficient manner. For that reason alone, even if we do have the technology, maybe we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened last week and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, and Lupita Nyong’o.