|05-28-2009, 11:01 PM||#11|
Join Date: Mar 2009
A few years ago when I was studying for my E&M qualifying exam I found myself working problems that were becoming less and less tangible. I'm serious I had solved Poisson's equation in every coordinate system my nefarious professors and Jackson threw my way, all the time thinking "this is stupid, I'm studying applied physics!"
Then I came across a vague white paper put out by Raytheon discussing their Active Denial System (ADS). What a novel idea, E&M in action! The only problem was that the system was still new and real numbers regarding beam frequencies hadn't been released to the public. I did a literature search and found the optical "constants" for human flesh (someone actually published the dielectric permittivity of skin). After that it was just a wave problem straight out of undergrad E&M. If I recall I made a few assumptions about E&M wave attenuation in flesh but still arrived at a reasonable value; ~87 GHz. Not bad for a frazzled graduate student in a "pass the test or leave the university situation."
Of course now the ADS has its own entry on the Wikipedia which states that the beam frequency is 95 GHz and as we all know, Wikipedia is always right. The problem was a fun diversion; in the end I passed all the qualifying exams. I only threw up in the parking lot once.
As for the LHC, it's pretty benign. No Earth swallowing black holes yet. You should be more concerned about all the liquid helium that's going to be wasted when they quench yet another magnet. Besides, high energy physics is boring. No DoD funding, no end product, 300 authors per journal article: lame!
Come spy on me via Last.fm
|05-28-2009, 11:09 PM||#12|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Well look at the bright side, Hasbro's been calling it from the very beginning. If this stuff is real, it stands to reason the terrorist who's going to get their hands on this equipment will probably be just as inept as Cobra Commander.
|05-28-2009, 11:18 PM||#13|
U and ur friends r dead.
Join Date: Nov 2008
They used to say the same thing about existence being wiped out back during a time when something called the "Manhatten Project" was being worked on. They didn't know what would happen when the bomb was detonated. We know now how it turned out.
|05-28-2009, 11:26 PM||#14|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: 100 miles east of Dallas,Texas USA
I can't wait to see some of these on Fringe.
|05-29-2009, 01:44 AM||#15|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Choking Smurfs
Thanks for the thread.
|05-29-2009, 01:50 AM||#16|
the one in the blue shirt
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Oscar Mike
The scariest beast Cobra ever put out was Extensive Enterprises. Massive supercorporation with links to all kinds of evil.
|05-29-2009, 03:42 AM||#17|
Cobra Money Supplier
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bay Area, CA
You mean Cobra is non-existing. :( I am sad.
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