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Alexsandr Kallus firing his J-19 bo-rifle

A laser was a beam of focused energy operating under the same principles as blaster weaponry. Energy-rich gas would be converted to a glowing particle beam.

A basic laser was a stream of photons moving at the speed of light, as seen in laser trip wires. In contrast, laser weapons were projectile weapons, firing concentrated bolts of gas ionized by lasers[source?] (hence the name laser). These bolts could melt through targets, create explosions and even disintegrate objects.[1]

The type of gas dictated the bolts' color and qualities. The most common color was red because of its cheaper tibanna gas from Bespin. Green bolts were produced from a higher-quality gas, thus costing more. Blue bolts used ion-based charges for more effectiveness against electronic and mechanical targets, such as droids. Orange bolts were low powered and used more in training.[2]

Throughout the galaxy, lasers were most often employed in the form of laser cannons.[3] Another laser weapon was the DLT-18 laser rifle.[4] The primary weapon of the Death Star was an exceedingly powerful superlaser capable of obliterating an entire planet.[5] A superlaser was also employed on its successor.[6]

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