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Old 02 October 2013, 03:20 PM
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Thought of this on the drive in: If a lightsaber is a laser and the light is the air being heated until it fluoresces, then what you are describing is a man-made lightning bolt. When one was ignited, it wouldn't come to life with a hiss-snap, but with a deafening KABOOM! Jedi younglings could be easily spotted by their hearing aids and Jedi knights would have to learn one-handed sign language if they wanted to be able to talk while fighting.

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In atmosphere range 100 meters. Earth to Sun distance 150,000,000,000 meters. Ratio about a billion to one. Flight time in air a tiny fraction of a second, flight time to sun several decades(?)
d*F ~ D*f
Doesn't matter what the flight time is, if the containing means can withstand atmosphere, it can withstand the much weaker solar wind and light pressure. And we've never been given a maximum range for blaster bolts, they could be infinite.

But I didn't consider the solar magnetic field, which is about twice a strong as Earth's magnetic field. So I will grant that a lightsaber consisting of a very strong magnetic "tube" can stop a blaster bolt that consists of a charged plasma.

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True most of the time. Very high powered lasers (any laser that'll instantly pass through a heft steel beam is "very high powered") will cause air to either fluoresce or simply heat it to the point of incandescence.
It seems you've proven that a lightsaber consists of a tube of some force (probably a magnetic field) that contains a superheated (or ionized) gas. Well played sir, I concede your point.

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Old 02 October 2013, 03:39 PM
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Quick, write a patent application and go for a couple hundred million in venture funding! (Or kickstarter)
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Old 02 October 2013, 04:03 PM
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I think you may also have solved another issue. Why Stormtroopers, who are (literally) remarkably precise can't hit anything when on the Death Star? It is a giant ball of steel with a reactor powerful enough to fire a laser that can destroy a planet without the lights even flickering. The Death Star is probably filled with more EMF than the testing floor of an ion cannon factory. Since it is still new, the Stormtroopers haven't had time to see how the EMF warps their blaster bolts yet.
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Old 02 October 2013, 04:41 PM
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To distinguish it from the larger and more powerful heavy saber.
It's the "sabre" bit that's always irked me - they're not really anything like sabres. Straight bladed, no hand guard or hilt, not designed for use from horseback, often used two-handed. More like a light longsword, if anything.
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Old 02 October 2013, 05:13 PM
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Since it was a long time ago, we would be the ones to be misusing the term saber as the term originally meant a long straight sword with no hand guard or hilt.
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It's the "sabre" bit that's always irked me - they're not really anything like sabres. Straight bladed, no hand guard or hilt, not designed for use from horseback, often used two-handed. More like a light longsword, if anything.
In fencing "sabre" means an edged weapon, as opposed to say a foil which has no edge (just a sharp tip). Since the light sabre can cut with its edge it would qualify as a sabre.
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Well, sort of. None of them have sharp tips or edges. It only refers to how one can score with the weapon. And sabres are the lightest and shortest. None of the weapons are held with both hands. So I have to agree with The Baron: definitely not a sabre. But not a European weapon to begin with. If we're talking about sport, it's so obviously a kendo sword that it hardly needs to be mentioned. Even the style of fencing is often shown as (at least an imitation of) kendo style.
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Old 03 October 2013, 11:34 AM
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Also, as someone who has done a bit of both kendo and european sword fighting in the past, the lack of any type of hand guard on lightsabres would mean that an overwhelming majority of Jedi lightsabre duels would end very quickly, with one or both of the participants suffering terrible hand or wrist injuries. There's a reason almost all swords have some sort of crossguard or stop to protect your hand!
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