Continuation of: Preventing the dispersion of a particle-beam behind the target
I guess I don't understand all the physics, but why can't you turn down the power? Less power -> less penetration -> higher absorption in the thin target. – not store bought dirt 18 hours ago
That actually sounds like a viable idea! Computers could pull off the calculation to give as much juice as possible with/without penetration, however...
The weapon, I'm talking about, would use this new technology to accelerate particles:
In the accelerator-on-a-chip experiments, electrons are first accelerated to near light-speed in a conventional accelerator. Then they are focused into a tiny, half-micron-high channel within a fused silica glass chip just half a millimeter long. The channel had been patterned with precisely spaced nanoscale ridges. Infrared laser light shining on the pattern generates electrical fields that interact with the electrons in the channel to boost their energy [Redacted's note: but you're already at near-light speed!].
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2013-09-chip.html#jCp
The problem is that I don't know two things (but I'll only ask one):
How much fine control do I have over the speed of the projectiles?