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How do Phasers work?

Enterprise1701f

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Report this Apr. 13 2004, 5:15 pm

How do the phasers work the TNG tech manual sort of explains th idea.

I think they could work in the real world by using some high speed particle reaction focused rectified and sent on its merry way as an energy beam similar to the phasers.

What do you think?

KirkT

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Report this Apr. 13 2004, 7:49 pm

Yes that would seem to work but dont totally discredit the tech manual it also seems like it could work it is just that level of technology is far beyond us as of now

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Report this Apr. 16 2004, 8:51 pm

We have discovered how to use energy based weapons in this timeline :p it was the size of the suitcase but, lol! I dont know of any other advancements made on this project. I assume since we don't use them in some form of another it failed.

ramsesqu

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Report this Apr. 19 2004, 12:11 am

phaser = phased energy rectification
phasers using Nadions(a subatomic particle that can easily carry strong nuclear force) to transfer energy. phasers use variaty of energy cells to store energy.

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Report this May. 10 2004, 10:08 pm

sarium krellide crystals are used to store energy in phasers. They can be recharged via the ships systems.
Phasers emit a coherent nadion pulse that, depending on the energy used, can simply heat a target by exiting the molecular motion or destroy it by breaking the molecular bonds.

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Report this May. 11 2004, 4:20 am

Phaser = Phase + Laser
A Laser, that is modified to fire in phases to destroy / desintegrate matter.
It's just my opinion, I'm not sure!!!

whitetiger0990

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Report this May. 11 2004, 9:12 am

I pretty sure a phaser is a charged particle beam the "phases" in between subspace and real space (confining the beam some more)

i think

Enterprise1701f

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Report this May. 11 2004, 3:48 pm

I know for sure that the beam does not phase in between space and subspace

whitetiger0990

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Report this May. 12 2004, 8:48 am

:blush: Whoops

Yea I looked it up and Im now very sure what ramsesqu said is true

ramsesqu

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Report this May. 15 2004, 12:00 am

man ppl still askign the same question?.. haha.. i thought this topic is long dead..

negativezero

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Report this May. 15 2004, 1:12 pm

Well, to quote my favorite Trek Technology website www.ditl.org, this is how a phaser works:
Phaser energy is released by the rapid nadion effect. Rapid nadions are short lived subatomic particles which can liberate and transfer strong nuclear forces within a class of crystals called fushigi-no-umi.
Phasers have various distinct effects on the target. At low settings the beam causes pain and loss of consciousness in most beings. At higher levels a great deal of thermal energy is imparted to the target, typically resulting in fatal injuries. Above setting 7 the energy is distributed equally between thermal and nuclear disruption energy. Disruption effects become widespread, resulting in immediate death to most Humanoid life forms.

I'm not sure just how cannon this is but It'll have to do.
Visit www.ditl.org, it has a lot of tech stuff like this.

jttm98

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Report this May. 19 2004, 2:34 pm

Someone filed a patent for a device that would have the same effect as a phaser a couple of years ago.  Basically it used a powerful laser to ionise the air.  Ions conduct electricity, so it then delivered an electric shock down the ionised path(s).  Much like tasers are used (except the wires and darts are replased with lasers).

The problem is that current treatries, humans rights etc, forbid the use of lasers in the battlefield if they damage people's eyes.  An infra -red or visible light laser of the power required, would damage people's eyes.

So they use UV instead.  Problem with powerful UV lasers is that they are big, we're talking at least tabletop size.  Still as technology advance, it will be possible to build small powerful UV lasers  - maybe they will be called UVasers, which will get shortened to Vasers - which will become Phasers.

Enterprise1701f

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Report this May. 19 2004, 3:49 pm

I doubt that name, but I've heard of the device it is currently mounted on trucks for long power supply and mobility.

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Report this May. 19 2004, 6:51 pm

I am not  sure on  this ,and correct me if i am wrong but  by the trek tecs, the laser part of the phaser is only for targetting and not the weapon itself ? The energy  used to stun or kill would in fact  be unseen by the human  eye?:honorable:

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Report this May. 19 2004, 9:27 pm

"Laser Acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In a laser, the oscillator (a gaseous, fluid or solid matter) is embedded in a resonator, usually consisting of two mirrors. Continuous energy supply leads to an occupation inversion of energy levels within the oscillator, meaning that more electrons are in an excited (higher energy) state than in the normal state. A large amount of narrow-band light is produced, corresponding to electrons falling back to their normal states. A small part of the generated photons generates new excited electrons, while the major part is emitted through one of the mirrors which is semi-transparent. Laser weapons have been replaced by the more powerful phasers in the 23rd century, however, lasers are still in use as cutting and welding tools.
The above descrition applies to 20th century lasers, and it can be supposed that their principle will not change until the 24th century."

"Phaser Acronym for PHASed Energy Rectification, energy discharge weapon used by the Federation. Energy stored in the Phaser is released within a short time and directed towards the target, unlike the usually constant energy output of lasers. The phaser's function is based on the rapid nadion effect, where nadions are subatomic particles that allow to liberate strong nuclear forces. Shipboard phaser banks are attached to the outer hull of a starship in form of small apertures or domes in the 23rd century that are extended to segmented strips and finally rings in the 24th century. Phaser beams travel at light speed, and the maximum efficient operation range is 300,000km. Hand-held phasers are available in different sizes, ranging from small pocket phasers (type 1) and pistols (type 2) to phaser rifles.
Since phasers have to be recharged, it is obvious that continuous firing is not possible, neither with a hand-held device, nor with the shipboard phasers. This makes space battles similar to ancient sea battles where it was decisive to wait for the right instant to fire a broadside."

Hope that helps!

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