“Bendy laser beams fired through the air”: https://www.nature.com/news/2009/090409/full/news.2009.360.html
Yet another example of technology in one highly specific area progressing FAR faster than I had anticipated. We're barely starting to get laser weapons, and already we're bending them!
Though 'arcalaser' is a much cooler name than 'Airy beam,' IMHO....
Granted, the article closes with the following: "Bendy laser beams that can pass through obstacles might, at first sight, also seem ideal for military applications, but that's unlikely, says Kasparian. That's because only beams with small diameters — carrying relatively little energy — can be manipulated to curve significantly. "You are not going to be able to shoot people behind walls with this," says Kasparian."
Well, not YET.😎
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