This was no coup, merely brute force. The plasma wave would pass through a laser tube, or material, and produce a spray of coherent x-ray; before being annihilated by the sub-kiloton blast itself.
There was ewen some talk of using underground chambers, filled with dipole antennas or thermionic conversion systems that would power x-ray lasers, to defend the continental USA from Soviet missle attack. These ideas might work, but how practical, and how defeatable?
<< How is the X-ray beam slowed? This might be a useful effect - slowing
electromagnetic radiation in free (almost) space) would be a technical coup!
Perhaps you mean the debris from the burst travel at that speed?
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