Real Men Don't Set for Stun
Star Trek technology becomes a reality

Real life catches up with Star Trek
 HSV Technologies Inc., of San Diego, California is developing a non-lethal
 weapon that uses ultraviolet laser beams to harmlessly immobilize people and
 animals at a distance. The Phaser-like device uses two beams of UV radiation
 to ionize paths in the air along which electrical current is conducted to and
 from the target. In effect, the beams create wires through the atmosphere
 wherever they are pointed.
 The current within these beams is a close replication of the neuro-electric
 impulses that control skeletal muscles. It is imperceptible to the target
 person because it differs from his own neural impulses only in that its
 repetition rate is sufficiently rapid to tetanize muscle tissue. (Tetanization
 is the stimulation of muscle fibers at a frequency which merges their
 individual contractions into a single sustained contraction.)
 No retinal damage can occur because the cornea absorbs all ultraviolet
 radiation at the wavelengths used. Moreover, the beams are too weak to produce
 photokeratitis (corneal inflammation) unless they are directed at the eyes for
 several minutes. In addition, the current they transmit is insufficient to
 affect the muscles of the heart and diaphragm.
 See Ocular Safety of the Tetanizing Beam Weapon
 Our electrical beam weapon has a far longer potential range than its nearest
 competitor, the wire-based Taser® .
 Successful proof-of-principle tests have been performed at the University of
 California at San Diego, and further refinements using novel laser designs are
 Although the smallest laser now available for this application is the size of
 a carry-on suitcase, a hand-held version should become feasible with only
 modest advances in laser technology.
 Also under development is an engine-disabling variation for use against the
 electronic ignitions of automobiles. The engine-disabling version should be
 able to operate with off-the-shelf lasers because it would be carried aboard
 police patrol cars and helicopters.
 See US Patent #5,675,103
The interested reader is directed to the following articles:
 Max Glaskin, The Ministry of Defence
 is looking at a new weapon that could immobilise gunmen,
 The Sunday Times, Inovations, Sunday May 9, 1999.
 Christopher May, Experimental Weapons
 WHDH - TV News, Boston, Thursday, December 14, 2000
 Hand, A. J., UV lasers stop people in their tracks,
 Photonics Spectra, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 32-33, January 1999.
 David Mulholland, Laser Device May Provide U.S. Military Nonlethal Option,
 Staff writer, Defense News, June 14, 1999, p 6. Copyright, The Army Times
 Publishing Company.
 Owen, G. P., Directed energy weapons, a historical perspective,
 Journal of Defence Science, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 89-93, 1997.
 Lamabares, A., et al., Absorption spectra of corneas in the far ultraviolet
 Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Vol. 38, No. 6, pp. 1283-1287,
 Pasternak, D., Wonder weapons,
 U.S. News & World Report, July 7, 1997, pp. 38-46.

HSV Technologies Inc., may be contacted at
(619) 390-4848, or by mail at:
HSV Technologies Inc.
PO Box 2372,
Lakeside, CA 92040,
or by email at
President of HSV Technologies, Inc. Peter Anthony Schlesinger, at

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