Ranged plasma weapons can't work effectively, due to certain issues, so I want to replace them with their closest relatives, Neutral Particle-Beam Weapons (hereby referred to as NPBW)
There would be issues with the concept of building this "Teleforce copycat" most of them are fixed, except for one:
There is a problem with this calculation, however, since (as explained here), the power from a particle beam is not deposited directly at the point of contact with the target as occurs with a laser. Instead, the beam is scattered and a large portion of the energy is deposited in a cone behind the target. Somewhat counter intuitively 'cough'anti-armor'cough', the more powerful the beam, the more energy is scattered away to places behind the point of contact with the target.
How can I ensure that the particle beam weapon disperses most of its energy into the target, if the target is a relatively thin (e.g: a human) object?
This is the problem I need help with. And to make sure that the solution would be compatible with the concept, I leave all the information about the weapon here:
Type: Handheld rifle
Proposed Powersource: Diamond batteries [A 10 mm × 10 mm × 0.5 mm sample produced a constant power output of 4.4 kWh for 5000 years. Neat.]
- "Devil's Spongebob", tiny particle-accelerators placed parallel to each other.
- The charged particles are neutralized before passing through the window.
- Vacuum inside the weapon is maintained by a plasma window (holds up to 9 atmospheres of pressure difference)
At its full potential, the new "accelerator on a chip" could match the accelerating power of SLAC's 2-mile-long linear accelerator in just 100 feet, and deliver a million more electron pulses per second.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2013-09-chip.html#jCp
Accelerated material: I don't know which one would be better/possible: mercury-; nitrogen-; or iron nuclei.
Diameter of the generated beam: 3 cm.