Calculating the Power Output of Qui-Gon Jinn’s Lightsaber

Luke Willcocks

Abstract


This paper gives a summary of the power output of the standard green lightsaber wielded by Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. The power output of a lightsaber was found to be 6.96MW, which dwarfs the output of common construction tools. This power is only two orders of magnitude smaller than that produced by small nuclear generators, showing that lightsabers are effective weapons.

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