Most kids have at some point or another have dreamt about being able to handle their problems with a lightsaber duel. That satisfying sound, that magical bright beam, and just the ability to cut through pretty much anything are all reasons enough to be able to wield a lightsaber. However, is this all still an unbelievable dream or has science finally advanced to the point where George Lucas’ fantasy will be a fantasy no more?
Well for starters let’s look at the self proclaimed “Real Burning Lightsaber.” Youtube channel “Sufficiently Advanced” put up a video with that title up last year. For the most part it does have the makings of a lightsaber. It has the sound effect when it turns on and looks like a burning lightsaber. However, this is more inclined as a gigantic lighter more then a lightsaber. It may be able to burn objects but it cannot cut through anything like you would expect. Though a visually appealing tool, it does not function like a lightsaber.
Now let’s look at how a lightsaber is perceived to work in the Star Wars Universe. According to Wookieepedia (yes Wookieepedia) “Lightsabers consisted of a plasma blade, powered by a kyber crystal, that was emitted from a usually metal hilt.” Now on earth we don’t exactly have a kyber crystal to work with but physicists are coming up with a way to possibly create a “plasma blade.”
Physicists have theorized that with the use of plasma and magnetic fields. However, the technology for this theory is not their. Though it would be the most true to form version of a lightsaber it is not possible just yet.
The last possible solution is to use laser technology. It would be able to cut through virtually anything given the power of the laser. However, this also has the same problems as the problems as the plasma blade. It isn’t possible as of yet to contain the laser to a certain size and to find a way eo sufficiently power the blade just with a hilt.
Through all that I’ve researched I have concluded that lightsabers are still more fantasy than reality. However, with what seems like a new Stars Wars movie every year until we are actually vaporized by “real death star,” I think we can all enjoy our fair share of lightsaber duels