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Laser weapons operated in a similar fashion as blasters. They were usually mounted on starfighters, freighters, and other small spaceships; larger warships instead used turbolasers, which provided even more destructive power, but required cumbersome generators and other equipment. Laser cannons were sometimes mounted in turreted pairs, while ships such as Trade Federation Lucrehulk-class battleships and the Millennium Falcon were equipped with quad laser cannon turrets.

Opirus Personal Lasers manufactured laser-engraving mechanisms.

The protocol droid I-5YQ was fitted with two finger lasers.

Advanced laser technology was more powerful than regular laser technology,[1] and was available to upgrade attack vehicles in the time between the Invasion of Naboo[2] and the Galactic Civil War.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, though lasers as seen in Star Wars bear few similarities to those in real life: plasma is part of the beam's composition, they can interact with one another and are visible in vacuum (on another note, laser is in fact the name for the device itself, not the beam it emits). They explode on contact with most surfaces and sometimes on contact with a deflector shield as well; real lasers do not cause explosions unless they heat a flammable substance to a high temperature. As it is doubtful that "lasers" in Star Wars share the same principles of generation or fundamental nature as real-world lasers, it is possibly short for "laser-induced plasma weapon" or something similar.

It has been suggested that laser gun/rifle/cannon, etc., is simply a slang term and so-called lasers operate like other blasters, but use an actual laser to superheat the blaster gas into plasma or energize it into charged particles, rather than a superconductor or other medium.[source?]

Lasers in the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron video game series could be upgraded to advanced lasers by finding various upgrades.



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