Railguns
Electromagnetic Linear Accelerators


Railguns, like coilguns, use extremely high currents to create intense electromagnetic fields to propel a projectile. There are two types of railguns, plasma and projectile. The basic railgun has two parallel, conducting rails which are connected by some sort of conducting material which acts as the projectile. Energy is discharged through the rails and projectile creating intense electromagnetic fields around both rails and the projectile which repels all three components from each other. Because the rails are firmly secured, the projectile is repelled from the gun. Plasma Armatures are so hot that they dissipate into the air shortly after exiting the gun; the plasma arch/burst can be extended with higher velocity, higher temperature, or a denser plasma armature.