Originally Posted by Serpion5
If this works, I`ll make a tesla gun (RA2) for my other arm, then I1ll need some sort of insulated power armour suit.
Weaponised Tesla Coils are highly impractical, to have one actually function you have to spray some sort of conductive inert gas at the enemy, or a cloud of iron filings or something.
While such a weapon would be magnificent for crowd control (basically a group tazer), it would be pointless as a lethal weapon.
Functioning by similar principles is an Electrolaser, it takes advantage of energy wastage that occurs when the photons make contact with particles in the air, this contact makes a thin stream of plasma (highly energised matter), which is by nature highly conductive; the device (not exactly a weapon) works by firing a laser (not sure if there's any way to increase the blooming (the energy wastage) of a low-powered laser) at the target, and then running an electrical charge through the resulting plasma stream.
This technology could theoretically be used as a non-lethal weapon, however some damage would result from the laser itself, which limits the merits of such.
It can also be used as a way to set off explosives (its primary application in current developments I think), as it simply applies electricity to the device, which in many conventional explosives is the required trigger.