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B Can a laser be effective in a sandstorm or through ash?

  1. Mar 26, 2017 #1
    Could a laser be effective through ash or sand?

    Could a powerful enough laser burn through sand or ash and work effectively?
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  3. Mar 26, 2017 #2
    depends on what kind of work you want it to do
  4. Mar 26, 2017 #3
    Let's say laser gun or something like that. I see a lot of movies with laser guns and it got me thinking how effective the laser would be in poor weather.
  5. Mar 26, 2017 #4

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    Since a laser gun doesn't really exist, it's kind of hard to answer this.
  6. Mar 26, 2017 #5


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    Movies are fiction and the laser guns in them aren't real, so there's no sensible way of using the laws of physics to analyze them.

    This thread is closed, although threads about the physics of real lasers being used in real ways are welcome.
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