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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:28 am 
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Curious about something:

Just how much destructive force does a detonating annie plant
the size which powers, say, the one on Tunguska actually have?

If the annie plant were deliberately constructed in a way where
the entire release of neutronium was focused in a single
direction and no other, say along the longitudinal axis of ship,
and assuming the ship were constructed to not shake itself
apart from said annie plant, could that wipe out an entire
fleet of lesser ships?


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Substantially less than if you made a total conversion bomb out of the annie plant. That would be nasty.

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Free neutrons decay into electrons and antineutrinos, with a half-life of about ten minutes. There'd be a fair amount of energy, but nowhere near conversion energies.

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The products of matter/antimatter annihilation are gamma rays, x-rays and about 50% neutrinos. Presumably TC would have the same products, and presumably you could make a shaped-charge conversion bomb. It'd be pretty nasty, but you'd have to be relatively close to the bomb.

More interesting would be a conversion bomb pumped gamma laser. Now, that be nasty.

During the cold war, Teller (I think) came up with plans for an h-bomb pumped X-laser. Never got past the drawing board I think.

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You really want to sure of what's behind your target with X-lasers, I'm sure. :)

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