P1_1 An Analysis of the Feasibility of a Giant Death Beam

Nicholas Holt, Jeremy Murphy, Kieran Roberts, Jemima Tranter


This paper examines the possibility of constructing a giant beam of the Sun’s radiation to befocused onto the Earth’s surface. The purpose of this was to emanate the weapon of mass de-struction from a James Bond film. Our results reveal that the spherical lens required to generatea beam of cross-sectional area 1m^2 would have a radius of 141m.

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