what is the extent and speed of damage on human flesh with the most powerful laser available to civilians?

i need a small ( two inches long, 1/2 inch wide ) very powerful laser and i need two know how much it will hurt and how fast. any idea?

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NachoMahma8 years ago
. Within your size requirements, you're not going to be able to carry enough power to do much damage, no matter what laser you use. . jtobako's match sounds like a reasonable comparison. Ie, you can cause some discomfort, but not a whole lot of damage. If this is for personal defense, all you're going to do is make your attacker mad.
daltonjcw (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
What you said about size requirements, how about 4 inches long by 1 1/2 inches?
. I'm guessing that something with at least the ampacity of a car battery (roughly 600A for 30 secs) is called for.
. If you can figure out how much power you need from the laser, others can probably help you determine what type/size battery you need.
daltonjcw (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
Alright, thanks!
daltonjcw (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
Alright, thanks. Thats what I thought to, had to make sure. thanks! all of you.
benthekahn8 years ago
The most damage a laser that size could do is burn human skin if held in the same place for a few seconds. This is not practical unless your victim is not moving and unable to do so and you are within a few feet.
A laser as a personal weapon isn't a realistic idea (yet). Maybe for security you could buy a dog. People like dogs, and when you fart you can blame him.
frollard8 years ago
The most powerful laser available to humans is gargantuan, and can vapourise metals. They weigh a lot, use complex parts, and are not 2 inches long ;) A 'burning' laser, is really anything over about 150mW, and as a handheld, is illegal in most places. *the usa you can't import anything over 5mW in a handheld format. www.wickedlasers.com has lots of cool toys, they can burn quickly and blind instantly - but they need focussing to burn.
The most powerful laser available to humans is gargantuan, and can initiate thermonuclear fusion reactions. It is not, however, available to "civilians." :-)
jtobako8 years ago
If you are planing on including the battery, not much. Under a watt, but http://www.rog8811.com/laserlighter.htm has a laser lighter, so think 'match'.