Canon Facts Backstage
Anyons are particles which can be used to counter
Chronitons. In 2368 Lieutenant Commander Data used an Anyon emitter to
clear the ship of Chroniton particles generated by Geordi LaForge and Ensign
Ro Laren, who were on board the ship in a phased state.
Class of the heaviest particles. Include neutrons,
protons and the heavier, unstable hyperons: the lambda, sigma, xi, and
omega particles. The antiparticles of this class are termed antibaryons.
Baryons consist of three quarks and interact through the strong force,
which holds atomic nuclei together. The law of conservation of baryons
states that for any interaction of elementary particles, the sum of baryon
numbers remains unchanged. Federation starships must periodically undergo
"Baryon Sweeps" at facilities such as the Remmler Array to clear them of
Particles associated with phasing / temporal
technology. In 2368 Chroniton particles caused members of the Enterprise-D
crew to become phased during a mission to assist a damaged Romulan vessel.
The two were able to produce a massive surge of Chronitons by overloading
a phased Romulan disrupter pistol in ten forward, prompting Lieutenant
Commander Data to flood the space with Anyons and render them partially
visible again. In 2371 Chroniton particles caused a transporter accident
which threw Captain Sisko, Doctor Bashir and Lieutenant Commander Dax to
be thrown back in time to the 21st century. Shortly afterwards Chroniton
particles caused Chief O'Brien of Deep Space Nine to make several short
jumps into the future.
A class of particles which travel at below light
speed. USS Voyager used a Dekyon beam to open a fissure in the event horizon
of a class 3 singularity; in 2369 the Enterprise-D crew detected changes
in the Dekyon field which proved that they were trapped in a temporal loop.
The particle responsible for the gravitational
force which exists between all masses in our universe.
Gravitons can be artificially generated by Federation starships, and have
various uses. The Enterprise-D used gravitons in an attempt to communicate
with the crystalline entity, for example. Heavy gravitons can be highly
destructive and this form of weapon was considered for use against the
Borg by the Enterprise crew, although it was decided that the weapon would
probably be insufficient. In 2368 graviton waves destroyed the USS Vico,
and nearly destroyed the USS Enterprise, when they interacted with the
power of the ships shields. Some artificial gravity systems operate by
Antigravitons are produced by certain alien technologies,
and can be used to interfere with transporter beams.
Ionogenic particles can be used to contain certain
forms of energy; in 2368 Geordi LaForge used Ionogenic particles in an
attempt to trap the "souls" of alien criminals who had possessed members
of the crew in an attempt to escape from a prison moon.
A particle which Lieutenant Commander LaForge
used in 2370 to reset Data's ethical subroutine after it had been disabled
by Lore, causing the android to engage in sadistic behaviour.
A class of particles that do not interact
by the strong nuclear force. They are electrically neutral or have unit
charge, and are fermions. Leptons appear not to have any internal structure.
The electron, the muon, the tau, and the three kinds of neutrino are all
Leptons. Although all leptons are relatively light, they are not alike.
The electron, for example, carries a negative charge, and is stable, meaning
it does not decay into other elementary particles; the muon also has a
negative charge, but has a mass about 200 times greater than that of an
electron and decays into smaller particles. Leptons interact with other
particles through the weak force (the force that governs radioactive decay),
the electromagnetic force, and the gravitational force. Wormholes can emit
Leptons prior to opening or changing position.
Historically, the magneton is a unit used to
measure of the magnetic dipole moment of a particle. In modern physics
the term refers to a specific particle which can be used by sensor systems.
Any of a class of particles believed to participate
in the forces that hold nucleons together in the atomic nucleus. Like Leptons,
Mesons can be associated with wormhole activity.
Particle which allows the "Metreon Cascade" to
function. This weapon was used to end a war by destroying a Talaxian lunar
colony; the Cascade resulted in enormous levels of metreon radiation on
the moon. Exposure to such high levels of can cause Metremea, a fatal blood
disease. In 2371 Dr Jetrel, creator of the Metreon Cascade, died of Metremea
which he contracted after working on the sites of the Cascade detonations.
An unstable particle similar to an electron,
but with a much greater mass. Muons are part of the Lepton family. A build
up of Muons in a Federation warp core can result in a massive explosion
if the ship enters warp. This is especially dangerous as the build up is
very difficult to detect.
A particle associated with phaser weapons. In
2371 Captain Janeway used her phaser to close a temporal rift by creating
nadion particle feedback within it. Voyager later used a Nadion burst to
damage the lifeform inhabiting the Demon class planet the Starship had
landed on, forcing it to halt its attack on the ship.
A particle which has no charge and very small
mass. Neutrinos are famous for their ability to pass through large amounts
of matter. Despite this, by the 24th century neutrino detectors have become
very compact and efficient, allowing these particles to be used in distress
beacons. Neutrinos are associated with the opening and closing of the Bajoran
wormhole. In 2365 the Enterprise was able to use a neutrino beam to destroy
a colony of bacteria which were eating its hull. Neutrinos have a spin
of 1/2 - in 2370 Jadzia Dax found that the laws of probability on Deep
Space Nine were being distorted, affecting the spin of the neutrinos in
The antineutrino is the antimatter equivalent
of the neutrino. These can be highly harmful to Federation warp cores -
in 2371 a Sikarian space folding mechanism released antineutrino particles
when B'Elanna Torres attempted to use it, threatening the safety of the
Neutrons are one of the particles which make
up atomic nuclei. They have a mass of approximately 1 u, and zero charge.
Neutrons not contained within a nucleus are unstable, decaying with a half
life of approximately 17 minutes. Isotopes differ from the standard form
of an element by having more or less neutrons in their nucleus, altering
the mass of the atom but leaving its chemical properties unchanged. In
the late 2200's the Klingons produced a prototype Bird of Prey which could
fire whilst cloaked; the vessel produced large amounts of neutron radiation,
but this was insufficient to render the vessel detectable at anything other
than extreme close range.
Antineutrons have the same mass, spin, and rate
of decay as the normal particle. They are sometimes produced in the collisions
of antiprotons with protons, and they possess a magnetic moment equal and
opposite to that of the neutron. Certain configurations of gravity fields
allow antineutrons to pass through whilst stopping antigravitons.
Nucleonic particles are associated with certain
forms of communications technology. In 2368 a Kataran probe used a nucleonic
beam to penetrate the shields of the Enterprise-D, implanting artificial
memories within Captain Picard. In 2371 Voyager detected damage to a Kazon
vessel due to nucleonic particle fluctuations. The vessel was eventually
discovered to have been catastrophically damaged when a makeshift copy
of one of Voyagers food replicators exploded.
A possible alternative power source for Federation
starships, omicron particles where detected in 2371 within a nebula by
the crew of Voyager. The particles turned out to be part of the circulatory
system of the nebula, which was a living being. Omicron particles are also
associated with some forms of holographic technology.
A quantum of electromagnetic radiation. The wave
and particle behaviour displayed by photons led to the development of quantum
theory on Earth.
Polarons are a particle associated with some
forms of scanning and communications systems. They can be used to detect
camouflaged vessels, or to scan time streams. The Dominion uses phased
polaron weapons, as these are very effective at penetrating shield systems.
Modern Federation and allied shield systems have been altered so as to
resist phased polaron weapons much more effectively.
The Positron is the antiparticle of the electron,
one of the particles which make up atoms. 20th century science fiction
writer Issac Asimov used positronic brains in his robot stories; centuries
later Dr. Soong made this a reality when he developed Positronic technology
for the neural nets of his androids, including Lore and Data. This technology
is not yet widespread, but positronic systems can be used to keep the brain
of an injured person functioning. Positrons can also be used by scanning
systems against objects which are particularly difficult to penetrate with
Along with neutrons, protons make up the nuclei
of atoms. Antiprotons have many applications in scanning systems - the
Enterprise-D tracked the Crystalline entity by detecting gamma radiation
from antiproton decay, and detected antiprotons as a residual trace of
Romulan disruptor fire in 2369. The Dominion uses antiproton beams to penetrate
cloaking devices. In 2267 the Enterprise fought an alien war machine which
fired a beam of absolutely pure antiprotons capable of cutting through
an entire planet. Antiprotons can also be used in medical applications;
Voyagers EMH used antiprotons to cure Paris of genetic mutations which
occurred after his Warp 10 flight.
Class of particles which travel at greater than
the speed of light. Active tachyon beams can be used to detect cloaked
Romulan vessels. Naturally occurring tachyon eddies are believed to have
assisted ancient Bajoran lightsail vessels in crossing interstellar distances.
Inverse tachyon beams can have a harmful effect on the space time continuum.
Terracon particles are used by archaeologists,
as their decay profiles can allow the authenticity of ancient artefacts
to be determined.
Particle used in some weapon systems. Captain
Jean-Luc Picard was badly wounded by a compressed Teryon beam in 2369,
almost killing him.
Tetryons are elementary particles which can only
exist for any length of time
in subspace, being unstable in normal space. In 2369 Tetryons were discovered
on board the Enterprise-D, helping to prove that an alien race living within
a subspace domain was abducting members of the crew. Tetryons can be damaging
to equipment, and have been used on occasion to disable phaser weapons.
A Tetryon compositor is part of at least some Romulan cloaking devices,
and these particles are sometimes radiated by cloaked Warbirds. Coherent
Tetryon beams were used by the Caretaker to scan over galactic distances.
Verterons are highly damaging to subspace equipment;
in 2369 the Enterprise-D was disabled by a Verteron pulse deliberately
caused by a pair of scientists anxious to prove that warp drive was damaging
the fabric of space-time. Verteron emanations are also associated with
Any of several particles
emitted by an active warp drive. Warp particles can leave a detectable
signature behind, even enabling specific vessels to be identified.
Z particles are one of the carriers of the weak
nuclear force. They are emitted by vessels, especially those using relatively
poor versions of cloaking technology. Z particle emissions were used to
determine the location of Ardras vessel in orbit around Ventax III by the
crew of the Enterprise-D.
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