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Beond_The_Grave

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#1 12 years ago

im a big bridge commander player, and they have a mod, that recreates the tv shows hit/miss phaser action. well that got me thinkin, while i wasted 4.5 hours at work, what is a phaser? is it like a super high intensity laser? then if it is, how does a phaser miss? i mean, if its traviling at the speed of light, and its effective range is, 200k (from my albeit limited st knowlage(as a super outside max long range) then each shot should be a garenteed hit, because itd take a miniscule amount of time for the light to travle that distance. is it a plasma, like romulan torpedos, but in a beam like form? if so, wouldnt it need some sort of device to control the magnetic feild, for the plasma? wow. weird question, i know, i was just curious to see if anyone had an answer, cuse if u dont, then im left w/ a round and round debate in my mind during work, but then again, it does pass time lol, so mabey its not SO bad lol.




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#2 12 years ago

1 sec while i find the right book...

*rummages through bookshelves*

PHASER is an acronym for PHASed Energy Rectification.There are at least 11 types of phaser, including the following: Type 1: Hand phaser, very small and portable. Type 2: Phaser Pistol, more powerful than the Type-1 and also larger. It was the most common phaser used by starfleet personnel. Type 3: Phaser Rifle. used only when extreme firepower was needed. Types 4-6: shuttle-mounted phasers. Type 10: the type of phasers used on the Galaxy-class of starships. Type 10+: heaviest phasers in the Federation, mounted typically on starbases or planetary defense batteries.

There were also Pulse phasers, which fired in pulses rather than beams. the best example of these is the USS Defiant's phasers. Many phaser rifles could also fire pulses.

now then, as to how it actually works: (this is from the Next Generation Technical Manual)

"Phaser energy is released through the application of the Rapid Nadion Effect (RNE). Rapid nadions are short-lived subatomic particles possessing special properties related to high-speed interactions within atomic nuclei. among these properties is the ability to liberate and transfer strong nuclear forces within a particualr class of superconducting crystals known as fushigi-no-umi."

The phaser beam itself, then, is a stream of this nuclear energy, directed at the speed of light (c) to the target. This ensures very high accuracy. Phaser beams can be of various strengths, sizes and shapes, depending on the configuration of the emitters when firing. Phasers can cause any sort of damage desired, whether it be a narrow beam to pierce thick armor or a wide beam for more widespread damage, or a low-power beam for heating or stunning purposes.




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#3 12 years ago
Beond_The_Gravei mean, if its traviling at the speed of light, and its effective range is, 200k (from my albeit limited st knowlage(as a super outside max long range) then each shot should be a garenteed hit, because itd take a miniscule amount of time for the light to travle that distance.

The accuracy would also depends on the effeciency of the targeting scanners, the speed which they can lock onto a moving object, and there ability to predict and follow its course.

Thats why you rarely ever see a phaser beam miss its target. Only time they might miss is against a very small, super-fast moving ship.




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#4 12 years ago

Apollo75;3819326The accuracy would also depends on the effeciency of the targeting scanners, the speed which they can lock onto a moving object, and there ability to predict and follow its course.

Thats why you rarely ever see a phaser beam miss its target. Only time they might miss is against a very small, super-fast moving ship.

In the TNG film Generations Worf says that "with no origin point, it will take our phasers between ten and fifteen seconds to lock on" or something like that. os they are pretty damn accurate.




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#5 12 years ago

Also at the ranges that phasers can be fired, fire control systems are the key to scoring an actual hit, simply because at greater ranges the smaller errors of a mere fraction of a degree can mean the difference between hitting the target or missing by hundreds of meters. Doesn't matter how fast the beam travels if it isn't lined up with the target to begin with.




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#6 12 years ago
akula2ssn;3819934Also at the ranges that phasers can be fired, fire control systems are the key to scoring an actual hit, simply because at greater ranges the smaller errors of a mere fraction of a degree can mean the difference between hitting the target or missing by hundreds of meters. Doesn't matter how fast the beam travels if it isn't lined up with the target to begin with.

true, but their aiming systems are pretty effin accurate...in all of the TV series they never miss a shot, except maybe once or twice as warning shots. at least, to the best of my knowledge.




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#7 12 years ago

Most of the times on the TV series the targets are not at extreme range and when they are at extreme range, they're usually going for a relatively stationary target. The accuracy of most of the shots that we see on the TV series isn't really all that impressive in the sense that we can actually do it today. Anti-missile laser systems are already in the testing phase in some cases such as the Boeing YAL-1 which can take out a ballistic missile while the missile is still over the launch site. There are also possible applications for the plane in anti-satellite missions.




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#8 12 years ago

so are you saying they are accurate, or aren't accurate? make up u mind!




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#9 12 years ago

i know for sure that those phasers are damn accurate! They are extremely powerful and at the otherhand helpful. Used medically and for combat.




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#10 12 years ago

Phaser beams can also be moved as they are firing since they are a constant beam, they are not limited to firing in a exact direction like a disrupter cannon or pulse phaser which are pretty much point and shoot.