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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

An Apocalypse Weapon

This post is a random musing, so do not read it if you are looking for something witty or clever. I will never post something that I learned from a book or heard from a professor, but came up with on my own. I may have verified it before posting. But copying something that I got out of a book would evade the purpose of posting these random musings.

This is a theoretical how-to on making the largest weapon ever conceived. This isn't a pesky nuclear weapon or a weapon as insignificant as nerve gas. This isn't a weapon of mass distruction. This is an apocalypse weapon.

At the time of this writing, all components are not avalible to anybody, unless research has been done that hasn't been published.

The first item needed is a compressor. By compressor, I mean a machine that can reduce a lead ball into a density of around 108 g/cc. This is perhaps the easiest of machines in the list. Second, a shell or protective sheild that can withstand about 10 Billion K, for several minutes, would be necessary.

Lastly, we would need to move this object at precise and incredible speeds.

That being said, the object of this collective decvice would be thrust at a star at a predetermined speed, adjusting for the weight transfer as it approaches a star. As this machine approaches, it would compress everything in it's path, causing the new dense material to fall to the center of gravity. The desired speed of 0.25 c would not need to be reached, as this machine should only need a few miles (a thousand or two) to get an area dense enough to fall through several layers of the sun. While this new object is falling, solar mass would fall into place behind the dense object, further stimulating the compacted of mass. The reason the machine would only need to go a few miles, is because a chain reaction would take over. The machine would need to be slower than the new dense solar mass falls but quicker than the inbounding solar mass that is collapsing behind our machine. Speed would exponentially increase.

This would simulate an iron core collapse. The idea is to set off a chain reaction that makes a star reach 2.4x1014 g/cc, which is about density of an atomic nucleus. At this point, the core will bounce, and infalling gas would hit the bouncing core head-on. The kinetic energy of this weapon would be around 1051 ergs. Once neutrinos get trapped by the dense surrounding gas, the gas would rapidly heat which intrun leads to a violent convection above the core. Once the core detonates, the galaxy would have about two hours before it is consumed.

Mind you, there is no need to have a weapon of this size, unless we encounter a hostile environment that threatens human kind, on a biblical proportion. If a weapon of this size is needed, I am afraid we have more problems on our plate than detonating a star would solve. This is a random musing.

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