Before I go to my question, let me refresh the basic principles of operation of a LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation): an active medium is brought in an excited state and, when a trigger happens, all its atoms go back to a lower energetic state releasing photons with the same frequency, phase and direction of propagation of the trigger.
Well, during one of my nights at the Korova Milk Bar, I happened to discover the principle of what I have called NASER, or Nuclear Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
In short, a radioactive atom is an atom in an high energy state, which randomly decays to a lower energy state by emitting radiation, alpha/beta/gamma rays. In the right conditions, which I have discovered, this is not left to chance but can be triggered in the same way as in a laser.
Basically, when I put a bunch of radioactive material in the device and pull a trigger, it will cause a coherent decay, followed by the emission of coherent radiation beam. In the MK1 device the type of decay cannot be tuned, while in the MK2 device it is possible to pick between decay type. For example, a sample of Uranium 238 would allow up to 14 shots through its entire decay chain until it turns into Lead. The device adds no energy to the decay, it just makes it happen.
Now, I imagine that the sharpest among you are happy: "finally we can solve the problem of nuclear waste! Free and clean energy for everybody!". Well, the problem is that my research (and my visits to the Korova Milk Bar) are funded by General Sivispacemparabellum, who is, to put it mildly, a tad allergic to pacific applications, and wants something which can be used as a weapon.
And this is my question to you: can such a device be used as a weapon? And if so, how? Alpha and beta rays are easily stopped, while gamma rays take days to kill someone. I am at a loss and don't want to become the general's umbrella holder.