While he does work under the assumption that the Death Star's superlaser is an actual laser, thus using Direct-Energy Transfer... it is interesting to note that the figure he uses for how much energy is needed for the superlaser to blow up an Earth-like planet is about half a million times less than the number Wongites liked to throw around back in the day.
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- Starship Captain
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1E32 is the gravitational binding energy that must be overcome. The 1E38 number was based on some of the ejecta velocity in the pre-SE version, which they applied to the whole event as overcoming the binding energy with vigor.