Starbase 400 - General Encyclopedia


Ablative armor: There are currently three types of Ablative Armor.

Type 1 - Hull armor originally applied to the hulls of Starfleet vessels such as the Defiant, Prometheus, and Galaxy Refit classes. Ablative armor is a 2cm additional reactive plating. The armor evaporates when hit with an energy weapon like a Phaser, taking some of the energy from the weapon with it in space as it evaporates therefore causing less damage to the hull. In 2388, improvements to Ablative Armor Type-I increased it's protection by 15%. Also, all Starships have been upgraded with Ablative Armor Type-I applied to their hulls. All vessels under construction also have Ablative Armor applied to their hulls before launching improving their overall survivability.

Type 2 - This type was first introduced to Starfleet by USS Voyager when the ship returned to Earth from the Delta Quadrant in 2377. Rumor has it, the system was given to the crew of USS Voyager from an alternate reality future, but this has never been proven. This new systems uses several small generators that work using similar technology used by transporters and replicators. When the generator is engaged, armor is 'replicated' and 'transported' over the hull. When hit by weapons fire, nanites work to repair the damage, making the armor auto-regenerative. The armor itself has also been improved. It's thicker then the original and a section can typically take up to 6 direct hits before evaporating (nanites are unable to repair it), exposing the hull. Type-I Ablative Armor is still applied to the ship, this is an additional system.

Limitations include;

Shields don't work while armor is engaged, and vice versa because of power needed and shield emitters are covered by armor when it's engaged
Can't transport in or off the ship
Warp speed is reduced by 10% because of power needed for the ablative emitters
Cloaks don't work while armor is engaged
Sensor power and range is reduced by 10% because the armor covers sensor arrays
Only available on Starbases and Starships, not Interceptors, Runabouts, Shuttles, or Fighters

Type 3 - This system was introduced in 2388 and is an improvement to the Ablative Armor Type II first brought back to the Alpha Quadrant by USS Voyager in 2377. The Type III's improvements include increased resistance to weapons fire as well as slightly faster deployment speed over the Type II. To accomplish this, the Type III armor requires 20% more power than the Type II. This type of system is only available aboard the Gladiator class Starship at this time.


ACB: Acronym for Annular Confinement Beam, a spatial matrix generated by the primary energizing coils of a transporter system. The ACB determines the geometry for the subsequent scanning and dematerialization process.


Accelerated critical neural pathway formation: Enhancement of human brain functions through genetic encoding. Julian Bashir's brain was improved at the age of six. The procedure, like many other forms of genetic engineering, is outlawed in the Federation.


Acetin Particals: Naturally occurring. Causes duonetic fields, resulting in equipment failures.


Acetylcholine: Acetylcholine (C7H16NO2) is a neurotransmitter found in the autonomic nervous system of most humanoid brains. It plays a role in promoting aggressive tendencies. (VOY: "The Chute") The reduction acetylcholine levels can help level off neurotransmitter levels and the stabilization of motor neurons.

When the crew of Enterprise NX-01 was possessed by Wisps, the possessed state was characterized by elevated acetylcholine levels in the autonomic nervous system.

Spock performed an acetylcholine test on a huge spaceborne amoeba creature that destroyed the Gamma 7A system in 2268, although McCoy felt the test was botched.

As it is a choline compound, acetylcholine can be used to stabilize synapses in cases of nervous system collapse. However, it was not effective against the effects of an alien weapon that killed USS Voyager Ensign Ahni Jetal.

When acetylcholine absorption is stimulated, it increases tensile strength of the muscle tissue. This was done during a neuromuscular adaptation treatment.

An increase of acetylcholine within the hippocampus could indicate that the person had accumulated memories. A thirteen percent increase would indicate an accumulation of two days' worth of memories.

The Akritirian clamp stimulates the production of acetylcholine in the hypothalamus, causing irritation and aggression.

When Neelix was resurrected with Borg nanoprobes in 2374, The Doctor reduced his acetocholine levels in an attempt to stabilize his motor neurons.


Aceton assimilator: Weapon used by the ancient Menthars in their war with the Promellians a thousand years ago. Aceton assimilators could drain power from distant sources (such as a hostile ship), then turning that energy into deadly radiation to kill the ship's crew. Hundreds of thousands of these devices were placed in an asteroid field near Orelious IX, trapping the Promellian cruiser 1,000 years ago. While still active now, they trapped the Enterprise-D in 2366. Anyway, I don't see the link with the chemical substance aceton.


Acacetylcholine: A naturally occurring neurotransmitter produced by the brain.


Adaptive interface link: Computer connection used to exchange information between two computer systems of different alien origin. An adaptive interface link was used to download information from an alien space probe of unknown origin to Deep Space Nine's computers.


Adrenaline: (C9 H13 O3 N), also known as epinephrine, is a Human hormone and neurotransmitter with powerful effects on the sympathetic nervous system. As a drug, it is used to treat radiation poisoning. Although by 2267 it had been replaced in clinical use by hyronalin, adrenaline was found to be effective in the treatment of an unknown radiation left over by particles originating from a comet that passed near Gamma Hydra IV. The radiation had caused an hyperacceleration of the aging process.

During the USS Enterprise's 2267 visit to Gamma Hydra IV to check up on its colonists, it was discovered that they had all died of hyperaccelerated aging. Ensign Pavel Chekov discovered a dead body and it had startled him, causing adrenaline to be released into his system. The adrenaline protected him from the radiation sickness. Doctor Leonard McCoy figured out the adrenaline connection and synthesized an adrenaline hypo shot for the rest of the infected crew.

On stardate 1512.2, navigator Bailey mentioned to Spock that his raising of his voice did not indicate that he was scared, but that he just had a human thing called "an adrenaline gland". Spock remarked that it was most inconvenient and suggested that he have his removed.

In 2367, when Doctor Beverly Crusher was trapped in a warp bubble in which her own thoughts created her reality. As crewmembers of the USS Enterprise-D began disappearing around her, she performed a medical exam on herself. The only abnormality she found was an elevation of adrenaline, but she considered this understandable, given her situation.

In 2373, Michael Eddington commented that an encounter with Jem'Hadar ships in the Badlands had "got the adrenaline pumping".

That same year, the adrenaline level of Lieutenant Tuvok rose by 113% when he first experienced an event that was thought to be a repressed memory but was actually caused by a memory virus.

In 2375, Ezri Dax recalled the adrenaline surges that Torias Dax, Curzon Dax and Jadzia Dax had experienced when they went into battle.


Airlock: Area which can be pressurized and depressurized, to provide controlled access to open space. An airlock consists of at least one chamber with one inner and one outer door. The Cardassian airlocks at Deep Space Nine have two chambers.


Alkysine: Alkysine was a drug used to lessen the damage to neurological tissue after a catastrophic injury. It was not always effective for all injuries and on all species. Dr. Beverly Crusher tried using an alkysine treatment on Lieutenant Worf following his spinal cord injury in 2368, but the medication was unsuccessful.


Alpha Wave Inducers: The Alpha Wave Inducer is a device meant to induce sleep in most humanoids. It is not meant to replace natural sleep, and cannot be used frequently. It is an electronic version of an anesthetic. Subject enters a deep dreamless sleep during which surgical procedures can be carried out without causing pain to the subject.


Alternative timeline: Any timeline which is different from the currently valid timeline, in particular a timeline which does not exist any more because of a time travel or another method to alter history. An alternative timeline is equivalent to the "normal" course of time, since only an external observer not affected by timeline changes is able to perceive the difference. The concept is similar to a parallel universe, still, parallel timelines depend on each other which is inevitably connected with paradoxes.


Alternative warp: A Faster Than Light (FTL) drive that exists of a negative magnetic corridor in which universes come together. The corridor is not supposed to breach.


Ampheon: Term used for a dead star in an antimatter universe.


Anabolic Protoplasers: These devices are used to heal internal and external body damage without the need of opening the body cavity of the patient to effect repairs. They use small forcefields, phase-modulated lasers, and anabolic accelerators to quickly heal injuries without scarring. They come in a variety of sizes for different repairs. Smaller units are useful for fine work involving the eyes and ears, while larger units heal cuts and even broken bones. They temporarily confer the advantage of Instant Regeneration to the area treated, but cannot replace surgery in serious injuries. For example, if used on a very deep stab wound, they could seal the damaged tissues and prevent further blood loss, but a subcutaneous hole would remain unless closed with surgery. This device will not repair incidental damage resulting from the original injury. For example, blood loss.


Analeptic: An analeptic (or analeptic compound) was a drug that counteracts the effects of radiation. In 2373, Neelix took some analeptic compounds with him on a mission to a Nezu colony planet being bombarded by asteroids.

The Malon use analeptic compounds to ameliorate the cellular degradation caused by theta radiation exposure. In 2375, Fesek treated B'Elanna Torres with analeptic compounds during a mission to prevent a malfunctioning Malon freighter from exploding.

When the USS Voyager was split into different timeframes in 2377 by a chronokinetic surge, Tom Paris ordered that analeptics be given to crew members suffering from radiation poisoning once the netrazine ran out.


Android: Humanoid robot, basically consisting of a computer system, actuators and sensors inside a human-like body. Androids are intentionally designed this way so as to work in the same environment and to perform similar tasks as humans. The Android known as LtCdr. Data (2338-2379) was the only android so far who has been legally acknowledged as a sentient lifeform in the Federation until B4 (2333-), now known as Commander Data, was also legally acknowledged in 2380. The Android known as B-4 (2382-) has not been legally acknowledged at this time.


Anesthizine gas: An anti-intruder defense used aboard starships and Federation facilities. A concentration of 70 parts per million is more than enough to render humanoids unconscious. Aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, Captain Picard had Data flood the gas throughout the already cleared bays on Deck 38 when Roga Danar was suspected in a cargo bay there. Commander Riker suggested using it on their alien-possessed shipmates and hostages in Ten-Forward, but Chief Engineer LaForge points out the gas wouldn't work on Data.


Anetrizine: Anetrizine was an anesthetic medication. In 2374, The Doctor used 20 CCs of anetrizine to anesthetize Seven of Nine's cranial nerves.


Angosian alteration: Used by the Angosians to turn normal men into 'killing machines'. The process alters cell structure using substances as cryptobiolin, triclenidyl and macrospentol.


Anticoagulant: An anticoagulant was a substance that delayed or prevented the clotting of blood. Jem'Hadar personal welcomes (phased polorion pistols and rifles) incorporate an anticoagulant into the energy stream; this prevents wounds inflicted by the weapon from healing.


Antigrav: Anti-gravity units that allow to handle heavy cargo. Antigravs are available as hand-held devices and in form of pallets (see also gravity generator). Antigravs are probably based on the same principle as the gravity generators on starships. Either antigravs generate a reverse gravity field that compensates for the existing natural or artificial gravity, or they are capable of shielding a volume from gravity.


Antigrav thrusters: Thrusters utilizing antigravity to ascent a ship from a planetary surface. USS Voyager is equipped with antigrav thrusters. Already, before the episode was produced and aired, the writers of the Star Trek Encyclopedia stated that antigrav thrusters were used in the ascent of Voyager from a surface, and that the landing pylons merely provided additional stability while being on the surface.


Antigraitation: Artificially generated, this can act as "antigravity".


Antimatter: Complementary form of matter in which the single particle has the same mass but reversed charge. The mutual annihilation of matter and antimatter releases an enormous amount of energy and is employed to power a starship's systems.


Antimatter generator: Device located on deck 42 on a Galaxy-class vessel which serves to generate antimatter for the warp drive in case the ship cannot be resupplied in a refuel facility. In normal operation mode onboard antimatter generation is not efficient. It is obvious that more energy is necessary to produce antimatter than the energy content of the obtained antimatter. The only reason for this energy conversion is that the matter/antimatter reaction provides much more power (energy per time) than a fusion reaction. This power is required for the warp drive, while the other ship systems may alternatively be powered by the impulse (fusion) reactor.


Antiproton: A naturally occurring antimatter version of a proton that is capable of penetrating the Romulan Cloaking Device. Also can be weaponized, an example is it's use in Hellfire torpedoes.


Antitime: A concept of time running in reverse direction. Time and antitime are supposed to act like matter and antimatter, causing a breach in space-time upon their collision. It seems Q intentionally created anti-time to fool Picard. The theory of antitime does exist in real world physics, yet, it is mere speculation when it is supposed to occur (possibly in a contracting universe or in the center of a black hole) and what the impact will be.


Anyons: Produced by the interaction between phased matter and normal matter. In real life, an anyon isn't a real particle, it's a theoretical construction formed by confining a fermions (matter particle), and possibly boson (energy- carrying particle), to a two-dimensional region.


Arch: An Arch is a holodeck interface system which contains the scenario of the running program.


Arithrazine: Arithrazine was a medication used for the most extreme cases of theta radiation poisoning. According to Starfleet Medical protocols, a doctor had to monitor the patient who has received arithrazine during treatment.

When the USS Voyager encountered the Omega molecule in the Delta Quadrant in 2374, Captain Janeway intended to go out and destroy the molecule after receiving arithrazine by The Doctor. As he could not monitor her, he initially refused to give the medication, but she overruled him with the Omega Directive. The arithrazine was later used to inoculate rescue team members on a mission to destroy the Omega molecules.


Asinolyathin: Asinolyathin was an analgesic pain medicine. It was used specifically for muscle spasms.


Assimilation: Borg term for forced integration of lifeforms and technology into their Collective. For humanoids, assimilation implies transformation into a drone, thereby completely losing their individuality. Nanoprobes are key components in this process. Technology is assimilated by combining and gradually merging existing Borg and new technology. The difference between the human research approach and the assimilation concept becomes most obvious in VOY: "Scorpion". The mighty Borg Collective is helpless against Species 8472 that cannot be assimilated, while a few people on a small starship find a solution through extensive research.


Astrometrics: A specialized lab used aboard larger Federation starships and facilities for stellar cartographic purposes. Many smaller vessels, such as the Intrepid class, were not build with an Astrometerics Lab. However some, such as USS Voyager, converted other work spaces of small cargo bays into these labs for advanced study of stellar phenomenon. For convenience or advanced analysis, Astrometrics could also be used for communications purposes or even as a workplace for easy access to sensor information.
Astrometrics was used by the crew of USS Voyager to communicate with Earth once contact was established through the Pathfinder Project.

These labs differ from Stellar Cartography in that Stellar Cartography charts stars and other stellar objects and their movements, while Astrometerics studies the actually stellar objects themselves, as well as anything else deemed necessary


Atavachron: Temporal portal developed on the planet Sarpeidon to travel through time. The atavachron alters a time traveler's cellular structure, making it possible to survive in earlier environments, but also making it impossible to return to the present without reversing the alteration. The people of Sarpeidon used the atavachron to escape into the past when their sun, Beta Niobe, went nova in 2269.


Atmospheric system: Part of the life support systems that provides breathable air and comfortable temperature and humidity on a starship. Class-M atmosphere is the standard setting on Federation starships, implying 26°C temperature, 45% relative humidity and 101kPa air pressure with a composition of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% trace gases. Part of the starship volume can be switched to other environmental conditions. Oxygen is produced by photosynthetic processing of CO2.


Auto destruct: Extreme measure to prevent a starship from being captured by an enemy, also referred to as self destruct. The auto destruct can be initiated by the captain, acknowledged by voice recognition and personal command code. In most cases it is necessary that the first officer or other senior officers confirm the auto destruct. A silent count-down can be selected in order not to warn enemy forces that are already aboard. It seems Capt. Janeway is the only starship captain who is authorized to destroy her ship all alone.


Axonol: Axonol was a medicine that could be dispersed in gaseous form, as a crowd-control anesthetic, by the Federation and Starfleet. On the USS Prometheus, it was one of three agents recommended for use at the behest of the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark II, the other two being anesthezine and neurozine.


Bajoran womhole: Stable wormhole situated near Bajor and Deep Space 9. Used by the Federation for travelling to the Gamma Quadrant.


Baryon: Naturally occurring "heavy" particles like protons. Periodically need to be swept from the surface of deep space constructs.


Baryon sweep: High-frequency plasma field used to remove baryon particles from a starship's superstructure. During extended periods of warp flight, baryon particles build up on the starship, requiring periodical decontamination. The procedure is deadly to a starship's crew, requiring complete evacuation of a starship before the procedure is executed. Baryon particles are a particle family. The baryon-family consists of protons and neutrons, the basic elements of an atom's nuclei, and hyperons, which are highly unstable particles. It is logical that the baryon sweep is deadly to humans, because it removes all baryon particles it encounters - so all the protons and neutrons in the atoms of humans! A baryon sweep would completely dematerialize a starship, leaving only a cloud of electrons behind. Baryon particles were partially responsible for Jo'Bril's death. Weird, because when baryons were deadly to humanoids, they will be unable to live in the first place! I mention again: all matter we see, including ourselves, are composed majorly of baryons.


Barzan wormhole: Unstable wormhole situated near the Barzan-system. The wormhole is formed by radioactivity that built up in a ring. A probe was sent through the wormhole, and confirmed that the wormhole connected the Alpha Quadrant with the Gamma Quadrant. The wormhole was bought from the Barzans. However, the wormhole appeared to be unstable. A Ferengi ship was sucked up when it came too close. They never came back until Voyager encountered in 'False Profits' a wormhole. On a nearby planet, an away team from Voyager encountered the two Ferengi that have been sucked up up by the Barzan wormhole. The side of the wormhole at the side of the Alpha Quadrant appeared to have holded his normal position, but the other side has travelled at high warp from the Gamma Quadrant to the Delta Quadrant, where Voyager encountered the wormhole. When Voyager had learned that the wormhole led to the Alpha Quadrant, they tried to stabilize the wormhole and re-open it. When Voyager tried to fly into the wormhole, the Ferengi were too fast and attacked Voyager with a graviton pulse, collapsing the wormhole and destabilizing it totally.


Battle bridge: Secondary command center on Galaxy-class starships, located atop the engineering hull. The battle bridge serves as replacement for the main bridge in case of heavy damage or as control center for the engineering section in separated flight mode from the saucer separation.


Bearing: Flight vector which is specified relative to the ship's current orientation. A bearing consists of the two coordinates azimuth (horizontal angle) and elevation (vertical angle). Bearing 000-mark-0 represents a direction straight ahead.


Benamite crystals: Benamite is a chemical element that was known to Federation science by the 24th century, a rare type of crystal used in quantum slipstream drives. In the year 2375, the USS Voyager used benamite in its quantum slipstream drive, though the crystal did not last long. After Voyager's return to Earth, Starfleet R&D and the Corps of Engineers was able to find a way to better stabilize benamite, and today it's in use aboard vessels equipped with QSD.

One down side to Benamite is the fact is can not be replicated, however since Voyager's return in 2377, the decay rate of benamite has been stabilized giving them longer usage life.


Benjisidrine: Benjisisrinde was a cardiovascular drug used to treat Vulcans who suffered from congestive heart failure. This drug was prescribed for Sarek, Spock's father, who suffered from congestive heart failure; however, his condition became too advanced for medical therapy alone, and surgery was required.


Berthold radiation: Form of radiation, deadly for humans.


Bicaridine: Bicaridine was an analgesic medication often used as a substitute for metorapan. In 2368, Wesley Crusher was treated with bicaridine instead of metorapan because he was allergic to metorapan.


Biobed: This is an orthopedically-designed hospital bed that includes medical sensors and display units for diagnosis and gas and fluid connect points for treatment of patients. The primary biobed, typically located in the center of a starship sickbay, is equipped with an additional overhead sensor cluster and a containment field generator and serves for surgical and other intensive-care procedures. The bed is raised to allow the doctor to comfortably examine the patient. It has a graphic display at the head which gives the patient's current status. Restraining fields are available on some models, but are rarely needed. They also have a button to detach the bed from its wall hookup, and initiate the small hovering devise, which allows the bed to be used as a stretcher for transportation.


Biochips: Cybernetic implants surgically imbeded into bodies of the Borg. They serve to enhance their physical abilities and synthesize any organic molecules needed by their biological tissues. The Borg are dependent on the implants, and would die if the biochips are removed.


Biofilter: Part of the transporter system that recognizes and filters out potentially hazardous viruses and bacteria from the matter stream. The biofilter is normally used only in transport to the ship.


Bioneural circuit: Computer processor based on biological components, also referred to as gel packs. Bioneural circuits are employed in the most recent Federation starships, such as the Sovereign and Intrepid classes. Starfleet uses the original human brain structures in the form of bioneural circuits instead of just imitating them with microelectronic (or isolinear) technology. The gel packs containing biological components, however, they may be infected by viruses or bacteria.


Biomatter: See Organic material.


Bioregenerative Fields: A Bioregenerative Field is an energy field used to accelerate cellular growth. It temporarily confers the advantage of Regeneration on the patient. A sterilize unit is typically used during this procedure to keep infection from being multiplied by the Bioregenerative Field.


Bioship: Starship type employed by Species 8472, made of the same kind of biomatter as the species itself. Modified Borg nanoprobes are the only known defense against the species and their ships, while the Borg failed to assimilate them.


Bio-neural gel packs: Biological computer processor, involving data transmission with neurons (neural cells, which are also responsible for data transmission in humanoid brains). Gel pack technology is more efficient than traditional optical data transmission. The USS Voyager was the first ship to be equipped with this technology. A gel pack contains a gelatinous organic medium. Being biological, gel packs are venerable for viral and bacteriological attacks.


Black hole: Also referred to as quantum singularity, an enormous concentration of mass the gravity of which is so strong that even light is not able to escape. The radius inside which this effect becomes evident is called event horizon. The existence of black holes has been confirmed by real world physics. There are different types and sizes of black holes, some of them actually existing, others assumed possible. Their common characteristic is the strong gravitational force that causes any kind of mass/energy to fall towards its center, once it is inside the event horizon. The mass concentration in the center is possibly beyond the current laws of physics. Even the elementary particles that form the atom nucleus under normal conditions might be crushed and further compressed to an unknown degree, with a density close to infinity, which is referred to as singularity.


Body Armor/Combat Jacket: Marine Phaser Armor that protects up to setting 16. Utility pockets for holding various equipment such as a Tricorder, Power Packs for Phasers and
Phaser Rifles, and small Med Packs.


Borg alcove: "Parking position" for a drone aboard a Borg cube, serves for regeneration and omnidirectional interconnection. Usually each drone is assigned to a specific alcove.


Borg drone: Hybrid humanoid/machine being that shares a common consciousness with the other drones of the Borg Collective. They are born as normal humanoids and later assimilated. While the basic composition of all Borg drones is similar, each single drone is equipped with task specific tools. A typical Borg drone is largely covered with an exoskeleton, has a gray skin color, no hair, one biological and one cybernetic eye, one biological and one mechanical arm, the latter equipped with a variety of tools.


Borg Collective: Designation for the Borg society in which the drones form a collective consciousness instead of individual thinking and acting. The formerly humanoid drones are equipped with several implants and are connected to each other and to their ship via subspace links. The Borg Queen seems to be a contradiction to the principle of common consciousness. Still, the Queen can be regarded as a representation or incarnation of the Collective rather than an individual leader. This interpretation is corroborated by the fact that the Queen did not exist in "Star Trek: First Contact" until she was assembled. Once she had come to life, the Borg were dependent on her and finally died when she was destroyed.


Borg implant: Cybernetic component of Borg drones. The implants control, enhance and supplement their biological functions. They also provide their biological parts with the required nutritive substances. The Borg are dependent on their implants. While Hugh's connection to the Collective could not be severed, most of Seven of Nine's implants could be removed.


Bridge: See main bridge, battle bridge.


Bussard collector: Device usually attached to the forward end of the warp nacelles that serves to collect interstellar hydrogen atoms for fuel replenishment, also referred to as Bussard ramscoop. The Bussard collector consists of a set of coils which generate a magnetic field. The Bussard collector is named for the 20th century physicist and mathematician Robert W. Bussard. The Oberth class and the Excelsior class (original design) have no visible Bussard collectors.


Captain's yacht: Large shuttle docked beneath the saucer hull of a Galaxy-class and Sovereign-class starships, usually employed for diplomatic missions. The captain's yacht of the Enterprise-D is named "Calypso".


Carbrodine: Origin unknown. Becomes explosive when mixed with infernite.


Cardistimulator: This is a defibrillator that can also restart a stopped heart. This device will not damage surface tissues.


Cargo bay: Section of a starship which is used for storage of various cargo. Cargo bays can be accessed through docking ports or by cargo transporters.


Cargo transporter: Low-resolution high-volume transporter system for non-biological objects.


Castridinium: Naturally occurring, this is the hardest substance known to Federation Science.


Causality loop: Sequence of events in which cause and effect cannot be distinguished. A causality loop is possible if a time travel is involved.


Chloraxine: Chloraxine is a chemical substance which is lethal in a sufficient dosage. In 2151, the Starfleet crew of the prototype NX-class starship Enterprise discovered an Axanar vessel. At least one member of the Axanar crew was killed by a lethal dosage of chloraxine.


Chronitons: Particles, that are in a state of temporal flux (out of phase with the space-time-continuum). Chronitons are used to create a temporal vortex for timetravel. Chronitons are also used as torpedo charge by the Delta Quadrant race called the Krenim (chroniton torpedo).


Chroniton integrator: The chroniton integrator is used to take sensor readings several seconds into the future when a ship is using its slipstream drive.


Chroniton torpedo: Krenim weapon that employs a temporal invariance of typically 1.47µs. This phase shift allows them to penetrate shields.


Chronometric particle: Similar to chronitons, these particles allow the vessel emanating them to project a temporal rift. The Borg used them to go back in time to 2063 in an attempt to stop Earth's first contact with Vulcans.


Cloaking device: Technology of Romulan origin used to render a starship invisible to the eye and to sensors, also used by the Klingons, Breen, The Order, and a handful of Starfleet vessels such as USS Defiant and USS Pegasus-B. The cloaking device generates a space distortion which causes light and sensor rays to travel around the ship, so nothing is reflected from its surface. Cloaking the ship consumes large amounts of power, therefore the simultaneous use of the warp drive was not possible with the early cloaking devices in the 23rd century. Furthermore, the use of weapons is usually not possible while the cloaking device is activated. The space distortion necessary to bend light rays is equivalent to an enormous mass concentration and would certainly crush the ship and crew, so additional measures must be taken to compensate the effect inside the distortion.


Cloning: Technique to grow a new body that is genetically identical to an existing lifeform. Cmdr. Riker and Dr. Pulaski were cloned without their consent in 2365. Still, shooting at their clones with phasers was ethically highly questionable. The Vorta are a complete race of cloned individuals, and a Vorta like Weyoun can simply be recreated by the Founders if their predecessor is dead or regarded as unreliable. The Krazzle are also known to use cloning technology.


Coalsack: Dark nebula that exists of dust. The planet of Cheron in is located near a coalsack. Probably called to the Coalsack Nebula, seen from the Earth in the constellation Crux (600 lightyears from Earth).


Coaxial warp drive: An FTL propulsion technology which is described as bending space, not subspace, as opposed to conventional warp drive. The description of the coaxial warp drive of "folding the fabric of space" was first suggested by author Lawrence Krauss.


Cochrane: Unit of subspace distortion named after Zephrem Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive. 1 cochrane is the distortion required to propel a ship at lightspeed (warp 1). Thus, to travel at warp 2 (10x lightspeed), a distortion of 10 cochranes is required. 'Cochrane' is also used for the intensity of matter/antimatter-reaction.


Communicator: Personnel subspace communication device, originally hand-held, later in the 24th century integrated in the Starfleet badge; the latter is also referred to as comm badge. The communicator serves to establish a voice contact to another person or computer and provides lock-on contact for the transporter. The comm badge is usually programmed with a crew member's individual bioelectric data, which is verified through a dermal sensor. The communicator will fail if used by an unauthorized person.


Computers: The computers in Star Trek have both voice as manual interface. The Isolinear Core came into use in the mid 24th century, using the LCARS operating system. The Galaxy class has three main computers. Two reside in the primary hull (the saucer); they are vertical cylinders, about 8 decks high, and located on opposite sides of the saucer. The third computer is located in the secondary hull (engineering), and is smaller than the other two cores; it controls the Stardrive section when the ship separates. The computers are networked with each other, and with the rest of the ship via the ODN - the Optical Data Network. The ODN has enough processing power on its own to take over limited control of the ship in case of a complete computer failure. That explains why systems are still accessible, even when the main computers are down. The displays use 'nanoprocessors' - cell sized mechanical computers - to display information. The display itself contains data polled from the ODN, and based on user selections, displays whatever is appropriate. So even if the computers go down, whatever information is (1) already on the ODN (or ODN backups) or (2) in the display itself can be selected and displayed. The three main computer cores are equipped with low level subspace field generators. This allows signal propagation within the cores at faster-than-light (FTL) speeds, allowing the computers to perform at an incredibly fast rate. By the late 24th century, advances in computer technology included Bio-Neural and Positronic computer cores, both providing more storage capacity and faster processing over the Isolinear systems.


Computer system: Data processing, transfer and storage system employed for a wide variety of control purposes, for scientific analysis and as a database. In 24th century, Federation starships the computer cores are equipped with supspace field generators which enable FTL data processing and transmission. All components of the computer system are connected with each other and with the main computer core by the ODN. A number of subprocessors is distributed throughout the ship to supply additional computing capacity, improve speed and provide redundancy. As the data volumes as well as the clock frequencies of computers rise, light speed becomes the main limiting speed factor.


Containment field: A specially shaped forcefield used to isolate dangerous materials like antimatter or biohazard specimens. Containment fields are used in antimatter storage pods to protect a ship against contact with the extremely volatile antimatter. Somewhat different containment fields are used for quarantine isolation and for containment of dangerous biological specimens. The containment fields used in the warp drive on the old Enterprise needed to be phase locked within three percent in order to avoid instability, but by the time of the Enterprise-D, multi-phase containment fields were able to operate considerably above that value.


Continuum drag: Theoretical force, from which is said that it stops ships from accelerating while they at warp. Continuum drag is comparable to air drag, but it's not air that influents movement, but the space-time continuum. However, there's no need for a force like that to explain why sustaining a warp field needs a constant influx of energy. This might be better explained by the fact that warp drive is non-newtonian, and is thus not explainable with Newton's laws.


Cosmic string: String of subatomic particles, producing as much as energy as a black hole.


Cruising speed: Standard operational speed of a starship. The Intrepid and Sovereign Classes' cruising speed is warp 7 while the Nebula Class's is warp 6.


Cortical analeptic: A cortical analeptic was a type of drug administered via hypospray, used to reinvigorate tissue in the cerebral cortex. The Doctor had Kes prepare several doses of the drug while he prepared to perform motor cortex reconstruction surgery on Tom Paris in 2373.


Cortical stimulator: Medical device that stimulates brain activity in case of severe injuries.


CPK enzymatic therapy: CPK enzymatic therapy was a 24th century medical treatment used to limit the extent of neurological damage after a catastrophic injury. The therapy was not completely effective for all injuries or all species, such as Klingons. Dr. Beverly Crusher tried CPK enzymatic therapy on Lieutenant Worf following his spinal cord injury in 2368, but his condition did not improve. 


Cryostasis: State of low biological activity in a human body, achieved by preserving the body in a cooling chamber. Cryostasis was featured in a number of episodes, usually as a technology for long-range space travel or to preserve a genetic pool. Another method is cryonics, meaning that the bodies of patients with incurable diseases are frozen after their deaths, hoping they might be revived in the future.


Cyalodin: Cyalodin was a chemical substance, naturally deadly to Humans. The adult members of the Starnes Exploration Party all committed mass suicide by taking a dose of cyalodin.


Dark matter: Form of matter that exists of particles which don't emit any (electromagnetic) radiation, making it invisible and hard to detect. Some physicians think that dark matter can function as an energy source for starship drives. Dark matter exists in the Mar Obscura nebula. Dark matter seems to have some exotic properties. It makes objects continually phase in and out of our universe. This property can cause depressurization on board of starships, because the hulls phase in and out.


deBroglie Waves: Naturally occurring, a representation of ordinary matter as waves rather than particles. Can also be artificially generated, and is a side effect of cloaking devices.


Dechyon: An artificially created class of particles that travel below the speed of light.


Deflector: Starship device, used to create a deflector field and the deflector beam.


Deflector beam: Beam generated by the deflector, pushing away distant objects which lay in the course of the ship.


Deflector field: Gravimetric field, which is the mechanism after a deflector shield. A deflector field pushes away objects/projectiles near a ship and absorbs energy beams. This costs energy, so when the shields deflects a projectile or absorb an energy beam, the shields lose energy. The field is created by the graviton sources of the deflector. The energy output is phase-synchronized through a series of subspace field distortion amplifiers (fieldstrenght of 625 millicochranes). The normal graviton energy of the Enterprise-D's deflector field is 1152 megawatts at maximum. Creating an energy peak can rise the energy to 473,000 megawatts for 0.17 seconds. During a battle, the maximum energy is 2688 megawatts. (graviton)


Deflector shield: Forcefield around a starship, space station, planet or other facility that serves for protection against natural hazards and enemy attacks. This shielding system is often simply referred to as shields. Phaser and disruptor fire cannot directly penetrate the shields, unless the shield frequency is known and exactly matched. Without matching, weapons may weaken the shields by draining energy from them and their respective energy sources. Transporters cannot be used when the shields are in place. In contrast to the shields, the navigational deflector usually provides a forcefield which focuses on single obstacle such as a comet.


Dekyons Particles: Dekyons seem to cause breaches in subspace. Janeways and Paris' shuttle shot a dekyon beam to extend the subspace breach in a black hole's event horizon. A dekyon field was also used by Data to communicate with his alternate self.


DeLaure belt: Area of space of high hyperonic radiation. The DeLaure belt is situated near Tau Cygna V.


Delta rays: Type of radiation produced by older engines. Delta rays refer to moderate energy electrons which have been kicked off a nucleus by the passage of a nearby high energy charged particle.


Denorios belt: Area of space between Bajor and Cardassia with very high neutrino activity. The Denorios belt is the location of the Bajoran wormhole.


Dermal regenerator: Medical device used to seal small wounds or burns and restore the original skin structure. Dermal regenerators are standard equipment of Starfleet and other civilizations in the 24th century. The hand-held dermal regenerator is supposed to support and accelerate the natural healing process of the skin tissue. Yet, there might be an improved regenerator installed in sickbay that is capable of more than just emitting "healing rays" and possibly equipped with a microreplicator, so larger injuries can also be treated without leaving scars.


Dermaline: Dermaline was an injectable drug used to prevent sunburns. In 2376, Neelix was so excited to be on a beautiful Norcadian beach that he forgot to take his dermaline injection and ended up getting severe burns.


Dermaline Gel: Dermaline gel was made from dermaline and used as a treatment for first and second degree burns, such as those in injuries caused by a ruptured nitrogen line. Doctor Phlox used dermaline gel to treat an engineer who received first degree burns when a nitrogen valve seal blew in 2151.

In 2372, Kes was told by The Doctor to treat a crewman's second degree burns with dermaline gel.


Desegranine: Desegranine was a Cardassian drug used to reverse memory loss. The drug was used by the Obsidian Order during the 24th century to help its undercover agents remember their true identities. When used, memories began to resurface within a few hours.

Corbin Entek administered a dosage of desegranine to Kira Nerys in 2371, in a failed attempt to revive the non-existent memories of Iliana Ghemor.


Detrian planet collision: Collision of two gas-giant planets which occured in 2369 in the Detrian system. The two planets merged with each other, and the combined mass became high enough to cause self-sustaining fusion reactions and thus forming a real star.


Deuterium: Isotope of hydrogen, includes an additional neutron. Deuterium fuel is used for the fusion reactor (impulse drive) as well as for the matter/antimatter reaction (warp drive).


Dilithium crystal: Component of the warp drive inside which the matter and antimatter streams are converted to an electro-plasma stream in a controlled mutual annihilation. Dilithium is the only known element to be non-reactive to antimatter when subjected to a high frequency electromagnetic field in the megawatt range. The efficiency of the reaction inside the crystal depends on its quality. While naturally occurring crystals had to be used in the 23rd century, monocrystalline dilithium can now be produced by means of epitaxy.


Dimensional shifter: Transporting device using space folding, as opposed to the Federation transporter. This transporting method is used by the Ansata group and has the side
effect of DNA damage. The Sikarian trajector is probably based on space folding as well.


Disruptor: Energy discharge weapons, used by Klingons, Romulans, and others. Disruptors are available as shipboard and hand-held weapons. The function principle of disruptors is to disrupt matter at the molecular level, causing extreme damage.


Docking port: Facility for establishing a physical connection and mutual access between a shuttlepod and a starship or a starship and a space station.


Dolamide: Used in power generators, reactors, and short-range transporters by the Cardassians. If pure enough, it can be made into weapons.


Doppler compensator: Part of the transporter system that compensates for relative motion of the origin and the destination of the transport. Without this device, the Doppler effect would lead to a wavelength shift, thereby distorting the transport pattern.


Drydock: Facility in which starships are maintained and repaired, usually located in a planet orbit in combination with a starbase.


Duck blind: Cloaked observation post, employed by the Federation for anthropological studies of native pre-warp civilizations.


Duotronics: Computer technology used aboard Federation starships from the mid-23rd to the beginning of the 24th century, invented by Dr. Richard Daystrom. Daystrom was also responsible for a further development, the multitronics.


Duranium: Artificially generated, hard metal alloy. A Changling impersonating General Martok suggested DS9's weapons arrays were merely duranium shadows 2372. Duranium is used in construction of access tunnels on DS9, impervious to normal sensors. Transporter test containers are made of duranium.


Dyson Sphere: Artificial sphere built around a star in order to take advantage of its energy emissions. The Dyson sphere is named after Freeman Dyson, who conceived this concept. There are several types of Dyson spheres. Its radius is 100 million km so as to provide moderate irradiation density on its inner surface, maintaining Class-M living conditions throughout the whole 1.25*10^20 km^2 area, 7*10^11 times the Earth's surface. In an optimistic estimation the sphere is only 100m thick and any element except for hydrogen and helium can be employed for its construction. Still, about 12,000 Earth-like planets would be required in this case. As a result, there should be a large space region without planets. Only a vastly advanced and superior race would have the power to collect planets and put them together to such a huge construction. However, a serious objection is that a race able to build a Dyson biosphere would actually not need one and a less advanced civilization with the necessary knowledge would not give up their planet(s), everything that makes up their history. Summarizing, this type of Dyson sphere is not a viable concept. Nevertheless, scientists are engaged in a serious search for such objects. Dyson spheres are supposed to have infrared emissions, because the light coming from the respective star is absorbed and converted to heat. In order to maintain a constant average temperature inside the sphere, it would be necessary to allow the outer surface to emit the excess energy in form of infrared radiation. Unlike the Dyson biosphere a radiation collector installed in space, inside the orbit of Mercury, could provide all the necessary energy required for an advanced human civilization.


EMH: Acronym for Emergency Medical Hologram, a holographic replacement for a starship's medical officer. The EMH is a projection of photons and forcefields, like most objects created on the holodeck.


Eichner radiation: Radiation emitted by subspace phase inverters. The entity Ian that came aboard the Enterprise-D in 2365 is a source of this radiation.


Einsteinian: A system is Einsteinian when it's strictly restricted to relativity.


Electrostatic forcefield: Used as contamination field in the brigs aboard starships, and probably too for emergency forcefields and window forcefields.


Elway theoren: Scientific treatise that proposed transport through a spatial fold as an alternative to matter-energy transport. Although the concept was initially very promising, development of interdimensional folded space transport was abandoned by the mid-23rd century when it was found that each use of the process caused cumulative and irreversible damage to the transport subject. The Ansata terrorists of the planet Rutia IV made use of this technique with a device called an inverter to provide a nearly undetectable means of transport, despite the terrible cost to those being transported. This form of transporting by folding space is used by the Sikarians (trajector).


Engineering section: Also referred to as engineering hull, secondary hull or stardrive section, typically a separate section of a Federation vessel in which the main power source and control (main engineering) is located.


EPS: Acronym for ElectroPlasma System, the power distribution network used aboard Federation starships. Plasma is diverted throughout the ship to supply the warp drive and other systems such as SIF, life support, computers, shields or weapons.


Escape pod: Small vessel that is released from a starship or starbase in case of an extreme emergency, also referred to as lifeboat. All recent Federation starships are equipped with escape pods, a Galaxy-class vessel has about 400 of them. Escape pods are equipped with RCS propulsion only. The escape pods can be reintegrated into the ship. Evacuation is the last option in case the ship is out of control. The technical term for these craft is 'autonomous survival and recovery vehicle (ASRV).


Eugene's limit: Theoretical limit imposed on warp propulsion systems. According to Eugene's limit, warp factor 10 can not be achieved, since the energy expenditure as well as the speed would be infinite. Eugene's limit is explained along with the peak transitional threshold in a way that a 10th layer of the warp field is not efficient and the complete remaining velocity range is compressed between Warp 9 (9 layers) and Warp 10 (infinite speed). In essence, Eugene's limit expresses the impossibility of achieving infinite speed, and this fundamental principle has been violated only once by Tom Paris of the Starship Voyager. Infinite speed is impossible, irrespective of the employed propulsion system and probably also for Q-like beings.


Event horizon: Spherical boundary around a black hole inside which any form of mass or energy is inevitably trapped, unless it can move faster than light. A hypothetical event horizon can be assumed and calculated for any mass value. It is possible to survive within the event horizon at least for a few seconds, provided that it is a huge black hole with around a million sun masses. A person crossing the event horizon in a starship would notice nothing but a distorted view of the outside world at first. However, while falling towards the center, the starship and its passenger would be virtually stretched and finally torn apart because of the strong gravitational force gradient. An external observer outside the event horizon would perceive the starship and its passenger move slower the closer they get to the event horizon, corresponding to a time dilation. Eventually, they would virtually seem to stand still exactly on the edge of the event horizon. Anyway, the starship would become invisible to the observer because of the red shift of outgoing radiation.


Exocomp: Small robot designed for multi-purpose tasks in hazardous environments. Exocomps are equipped with microreplicators for generating whatever tool is currently needed and an extensive neural system to allow independent decisions. In 2369 Lt. Cmdr. Data proved that Exocomps, due to this intelligence, had to be regarded as sentient lifeforms.


Exogenic field: Energy field surrounding a particular class-L planet located in the Rutharian sector. This particular exogenic field had high gravimetric stresses and was composed of subspace metryon radiation, generated by unstable elements in the planet's core.


Exoskeleton: Body covering of Borg drones. The exoskeleton serves as armor and is directly connected to the organic body.


Federation starship registry codes:
-NCC Federation, Starfleet, active service
-NX Federation, Starfleet, experimental
-NS Federation, Starfleet, experimental (Used during the 2160s for prototype ships when 'NX' was used for active vessels, IE NX-01)
-NAR Federation, non-Starfleet, research
-BDR Federation, non-Starfleet, civilian transport
-NDT Federation, non-Starfleet, transport
-NFT Federation, non-Starfleet, civilian
-NGL Federation, non-Starfleet, freighter
-NSP Federation, Vulcan, science


Felodesine chip: The felodesine chip was a small poison tablet used by members of the Romulan military to commit suicide. It was usually formed into a small, one-inch orange disk. There was no antidote known to the Federation.

The Romulan Alidar Jarok committed suicide by ingesting a felodesine chip in 2366.


Ferroplasmic infusion: Procedure to re-liquify a planetary core when the molten material in it became solid. High-energy plasma is injected into the planetary core through an infusion device, heating up the core and re-liquifying it. The core of Atrea IV became solid in 2370. The Enterprise-D crew used ferroplasmic infusion to re-liquify the core. The term 'ferroplasmic' is derived from the Latin word 'ferro', which means iron and is one of the main components of the core of class-M planets. 'Plasmic', of course, is derived from the use plasma in the process.


Fifth dimension: Transdimensional (outside our universe) realm, home to the photonic beings. Janeway speculated that the fifth dimension could be a parallel universe.


Fluidic Space: Realm of Species 8472, a parallel universe filled with a biological fluid.


Food replicator: Replicator that produces food and drinks. It uses the same basic technology as a transporter or holodeck, changing energy into matter.


Food slot: Food distribution system aboard Federation starships in the 2150s-2340s. The crewmember would insert his or her food choice on a data-card and the Ship's Galley would send out the selection on a tray for the person to eat.


Forced quantumsingularity drive: (FQSD) Energy source, used in Romulan starships as warp core. Energy is drained from a quantum singularity, in fact an artificial black hole.


Forcefield: Generic term for an artificially generated electromagnetic or gravitational field. There is a wide variety of forcefields for different purposes, for instance the deflector shield, the navigational deflector field, the IDF, the SIF or the artificial gravity. Containment fields are forcefields used to contain dangerous materials. Other types of forcefields are employed to lock a starship brig or a shuttlebay while the mechanical door is open. Star Trek episodes often suggest that forcefields can easily be shaped so as to provide a flat surface and an abrupt border. The force of real electromagnetical or gravitational fields, however, decays proportional to 1/r^2 in a distance r from the source.


FTL: Acronym for Faster Than Light, applies to warp propulsion and 24th century computer systems.


Fusion reactor: Energy source which is based a fusion reaction, usually employing hydrogen/deuterium that is fused to helium. A fusion reactor is used to power the impulse drive of a Federation starship. The energized plasma generated inside the reactor is then accelerated, fed into a driver coil assembly and eventually exhausted, yielding the desired propulsive effect. The impulse reactor is also used as auxiliary power source for other ship systems. A similar technology is used to power the station Deep Space Nine. In a single atom scale, nuclear fusion can be achieved in particle accelerators. However, a technical implementation requires thermal activation of the fusion reaction, as it takes place inside the Sun and was developed for the thermonuclear bomb (H-bomb). It is questionable if a breakthrough in fusion research will be accomplished in the near future, because fusion is not free of problems concerning shielding, radiation and waste management. Notwithstanding the fact that nuclear fusion does provide a much higher power output than nuclear fission, it may be connected with similar risks.


Gaian barrier: Temporal distortion, which threw USS Defiant some 200 years in the past.


Galactic energy barrier: Energy field surrounding the entire galaxy at its boundaries. Multiple ships encountered it, destroying/disabling them. The galactic barrier also has weird effects on warp travel, because it also marks the boundary of the Milky Way's gravitational well.


Gambling device: Device which altered the laws of probability in the environment of the machine, causing an unfair advantage at gambling by the person which uses it. Major Kira detected the presence of a gambling device at Quark's bar, because of unusual neutrino radiation.


Genesis project: Ambitious terraforming project at the end of the 23rd century. Its key component, the Genesis device, was supposed to transform desert planets into inhabitable Class-M worlds. This process was determined by a transformation matrix. While the project was seemingly successfully tested on a small scale inside the dead planet Regula, the use of unstable Protomatter in it's matrix was it's down fall. After the destruction of the Genesis Planet in 2385, the project was terminated.


Genesis device: Short range torpedo intended to test the Project Genesis terraforming process. The Genesis Device was prematurely activated after being stolen by Khan Noonien Singh. The terraforming process involved a massive explosion that reduced the planet to subatomic particles, which then reassembled according to a preprogrammed matrix. 


Genetronic replicator: An experimental medical device used to stimulate the genetic code of an individual into growing whatever types of cells are needed by the patients. It temporarily confers the advantage of Instant Regeneration on patients. Device that replicated a new spinal column for Worf.


Genetic engineering: Generic term for modification of DNA, illegal in the Federation. See also accelerated critical neural pathway formation.


Gravimetric field: Term used for a gravitonfield (graviton).


Gravimetric charge: A photon torpedo was charged with it in USS Voyager after the discovered an Omega Particle. It was intended to have an explosive force of 50 isotones, but has later been updated to 80 isotones.


Gravitic Mine: Mine used in the 2300s and 2400s. It was intended to have an explosive force of 75 isotones. This weapon was used during the Kobayashi Maru simulation.


Gravitational eddies: Gravitational eddies in the minor wormhole interfered the comm link between Voyager and the Romulan science ship. Gravitational eddies also nearly caused the hull of the shuttle of Tuvok and Seven of Nine to breach.


Gravitational sinkhole: Distortion that circumscribes a subspace pocket that includes a type-G sun with 3 planets. Inside the pocket is a temporal difference: 1 minute inside the pocket is equivalent to 0.4744 seconds in 'real time'. The star system in it is 'stuck' in subspace. The anomaly is 600 meters in diameter and out of phase with normal space (phasing). Such an anomaly is mono-directional: you can get into it, but under gravimetric forces, not get out of it. It's located some 50,000 lightyears from Sol. The sinkhole is collapsed now by alien force (these aliens have lost 11 ships in it). A shuttle with Paris and Tuvok have been in the sinkhole for two days in normal time, but Paris and Tuvok themselves experienced the period as months.


Graviton: Particle that carries/transfers gravity forces at lightspeed. A field of gravitons is called a gravity or gravimetric field.


Graviton inverter circuit: The mechanism after the antigrav's anti-gravitational lift. The graviton inverter circuit (GIC) reverses the energy characteristics of gravitons flowing out of a graviton generator. This reverses also the forces generated by the gravitons. So, the GIC generates anti-gravity by reversing gravity flows. The anti-gravitons are then leaded to the surface of the antigrav. This kind of generation of anti-gravitons out of normal gravitons is much like the onboard antimatter generation on a starship.


Gravity generator: Device based on the emission of graviton particles that provides artificial gravity in normally zero-g environments. Artificial gravity is an essential life support system on a starship, since it allows natural walking and working and enables an "upwards" and "downwards" orientation. Usually a network of gravity generators is employed, in order to provide a homogeneous gravity field. In case of an EPS failure, the gravity generators on Federation starships remain in service for up to 240min.


Gravity well: Distortion in the space-time continuum, made by every object of mass. Bodies such as stars and planets cause a very small distortion (the geometric distortion of the sun is only 1/2000th degree in comparison with 'flat' space-time). Black holes make giant distortions in space-time, causing phenomenons as Einstein Rings (discovered in the 20th century). Wormholes can be considered as gravity wells, so deep that they form a traversable tunnel.


Guardian of Forever: Time portal, created five billion years ago by an unknown civilization. The Guardian of Forever is a sentient computer device; his programs are able to respond to questions. The programs were beyond the understanding of the Enterprise crew It resembles a torus of 3 meters in diameter.


Hailing frequencies: A broad range of (subspace) communication frequencies which is used to contact alien ships, in order to ensure that the message is received. Hailing messages are usually sent in various languages, when an unknown alien ship is encountered.


Harmonic chamber: Chamber in which harmonic waves stabilize Omega.


Heading: Flight vector which is specified relative to the center of the galaxy. A heading consists of the two coordinates azimuth (horizontal angle) and elevation (vertical angle). Heading 000-mark-0 represents a direction towards the galaxy center.


Heisenberg compensator: Part of the transporter system that is connected to the molecular imaging scanners and balances out the Heisenberg effect. This effect is a quantum uncertainty that would otherwise not allow to exactly recreate the state of a complex electronic device or an organism, in particular a neural system.

Hekaras corridor: Region of space where warp travel is hindered except for a narrow path by the intense use of warp drives in an already sensitive area. Subspace rifts are formed, where subspace manifests itself in real space on a macroscopic scale. This has made the Federation to set a speed limit, which says that starships may not exceed warp 5, except if Starfleet Command gives permission to go faster. USS Voyager's warp drive eliminates this effect with it's variable-geometry warp nacelles.


Hellfire Torpedo: Introduced in 2375, the Hellfire Torpedo was designed as a compliment to the quantum torpedo. The Hellfire was designed to bypass enemy shields and pack a punch to the enemy ship's hull itself. The Hellfire is designed to 'skip' past enemy shielding using subspace phasing technology first used in 2368. The torpedo has a small, short range sensor array that, as it nears and enemy ship, scans its target's shields, frequency and modulation, and then activates the subspace phase transporter. This allows the Hellfire to move out of phase with the target, and re-phase within the shield parameter, and impact directly onto the hull. That sequence takes only a matter of milli-seconds. To the naked eye, it appears the Hellfire actually passes though a ship's shields instead of 'skipping' past them. Deadly protomatter is used within in the warhead, and is acted upon by antiprotons to cause the violent reaction and deadly explosive force of the weapon. A micro-quantum singularity powers the torpedoes systems and allows it to maintain warp speeds, as well as giving that bright green glow. The torpedo is fitted with a warp sustainer engine in the casing and therefore is able to maintain high warp for a short time. The torpedo has to be fired at warp to obtain warp velocity to begin with. The torpedo has no communication devise, it is completely self controlled and contained, 'fire and forget'. This is a drawback (and at times an advantage) to the torpedo because it may lose the target even if the ship doesn't, but it can maintain lock if the ship has problems. Also the shield modulation can't be sent to the firing ship or any other ship. The short range sensor of the Hellfire can't be modified to do that, the sensors have a too limited range and there isn't enough space for communications gear or time to send the data. So even if a communicator were put in, the torpedo wouldn't have enough time to send any information. This would also make the torpedo better able to cope with changes in the shield modulation because it gets the modulation data at the latest possible time. The technology pioneered in the Hellfire torpedo was later improved and used in the Transphasic torpedo.

In 2384, the Hellfire Mk-II was introduced to the fleet. Upgrades over the Mark-I include the ability to re-modulate its frequency, allowing it to 'skip' past an enemy's shields easier. Another upgrade is slightly increased warhead yield from 350 isotons in the Mk-I to 375 isotons in the Mk-II.

The Hellfire Mk-III is now under development at Starbase 400's R&D. Improvements now under Theoretical review is for the torpedo to be in a state of temporal flux once fired. However this is years from becoming a reality.


Helium fusion enhancement: Theoretical technique that would increase the energy output of a dying star by increasing the temperature and pressure inside the star so that the star begins helium fusion, thus increasing the stars useful life. A test of this technique, designed by Dr. Timicin of the planet Kaelon II in 2367, used shock waves from a carefully controlled series of photon torpedo explosions to create zones of elevated pressure where helium ignition could occur.


Holodeck: A room aboard a starship or any other facility equipped with a 360 degree projection and forcefield system to recreate or simulate whatever natural or artificial environment is requested. The projection system is based on the omnidirectional holodiode. Numerous holodiodes are arranged in form of an array in the walls of a holodeck. Mere holographic light projections are employed to recreate remote scenery, while objects likely to be touched may be replicated. The projection always includes the whole three-dimensional structure of the environment, of which the visitor only perceives a two-dimensional cross-section, according to his current visual angle. In order to simulate a much larger environment than the size of the holodeck, forcefields are moving beneath the feet of the participants, while the whole environment is "scrolling".


Holoemitter: Actual device that projects photons and forcefields that make up a Hologram. These are not only on holodecks and holosuites, but most Federation ships have them installed in their Sick-Bay to allow the use of EMH systems, while newer vessels have them installed in other vital locations such as the Bridge and Engineering while the Prometheus and Galaxy Refit classes have them installed though out the ship to allow the EMH treat wounded on any deck.


Hologram: Essentually a collection of photons and force fields that take the appearance and feel of 'real' objects and people, like the EMH.


Holomatrix: Combination of all computer subroutines from a hologram. The holomatrix forms the personality (if a person is simulated), appearance and function of a hologram.


Holomatter: A simulation of matter using force field and holo-imaging technology within the holodeck. Disintegrates when removed from the holodeck.


Holosuite: Fundamentally the same installation as a holodeck. The difference in the word is minor. Holodecks are on Starships while Holosuites are on Starbases and Spacestations (IE; DS9, SB 375, SB 400, etc)


Hydrocortilene: Hydrocortilene was an analgesic medication used during the 24th century to alleviate pain, specifically headaches. In 2373, The Doctor used a hypospray with 3% hydrocortilene to treat Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres's headache. 


Hydrogen collectors: See Bussard collectors.


Hyperacceleration: State in which the Scalosians are in. For a hyperaccelerated person, time seems to speed faster than normal.


Hyperonic radiation: Deadly radiation. The colonists of Tau Cygna V adapted to it, by the proximity of the DeLaure belt, which is a source of it.


Hyperspace: Concept of an additional spatial dimension, used to describe a folded 3-dimensional space.


Hypospray: Medical device that allows subcutaneous or intravenous injections without syringe. The hypospray evaporates the medicament and ejects it under high pressure so as to penetrate the epidermis without damage.


Hypnosis: Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness resembling sleep. When a hypnotic trance is induced, a subject may be able to recall forgotten events. In some cases, a hypnotized subject may be mentally conditioned to do something against his or her will. It is most often used by doctors and psychiatrists to treat various neurological conditions.

In 2268, James T. Kirk believed hypnosis to be a possible reason for Professor John Gill's strange behavior, along with drugs and psychosis. However, he required Doctor Leonard McCoy to determine which.

Counselor Deanna Troi used hypnosis on both Worf and Doctor Beverly Crusher to determine what had caused a recent memory lapse during which they committed actions which they had no control over. Using the technique, it was found that both officers had been possessed by an unknown entity, which was ultimately revealed to be an energy-based lifeform from the Beta Renner cloud.

Within the holodeck of the USS Voyager, the characters of the holographic Irish village Fair Haven grew suspicious of the Voyager crew, believing them to be dangerous spirits. Kidnapping Captain Janeway and The Doctor, Seamus and the others used hypnosis on The Doctor to learn the truth. Although The Doctor himself was a hologram, he was susceptible to the hypnosis and told the characters the truth about their existence.


Hyronalin: Hyronalin was a medicinal drug used to counter the effects of radiation poisoning. Adrenaline was the preferred treatment shortly after Earth's atomic age, but hyronalin replaced it after its discovery.

In 2367, hyronalin was used to protect the crew of the USS Enterprise-D from radiation poisoning when a three-hundred-year-old garbage scow was discovered. Doctor Crusher and her staff mass-replicated the drug and prepared to coordinate with Gamelan V's physicians in the administration of it. These actions were taken in response to projected radiation levels that would mostly have affected a trio of islands on the planet.

The following year, Crusher and La Forge required a few days of hyronalin treatment after exposure to plasma fire radiation.

In 2371, Doctor Julian Bashir used hyronalin to treat Chief Miles O'Brien's radiation poisoning.

In 2373, The Doctor inoculated Tom Paris temporarily against radiation poisoning from an astral eddy with a combination of hyronalin and lectrazine.


Hyvroxilated quint-ethyl metacetamin: Hyvroxilated quint-ethyl metacetamin was an anesthetic. When consumed in quantities of seventeen milligrams in about a half-liter of water (approximately 30 to 40 parts per million), it would render a Human barely able to stand.

In 2370, Quark tried to fix a racquetball match between Julian Bashir and Miles O'Brien by attempting to drug the doctor with a herbal beverage consisting of water, sucrose, dextrose, general root extract, grain particulates, yeast, synthehol and the substance. Bashir was unamused.


IDF: Acronym for Inertial Damping Field, a forcefield that is especially designed to compensate for acceleration forces within a starship. Several IDF generators are distributed throughout a Federation starship. Although the purpose and principle is similar, the IDF works independently of the SIF. Without the IDF, the crew would virtually be crushed when the ship accelerates.


Impulse drive: Propulsion system for sublight speeds. In Federation starships, the impulse drive usually consists of a fusion reactor, an accelerator, a driver coil assembly and an exhaust director. The fusion reaction generates a highly excited plasma. This plasma can be employed for propulsion, or can be diverted through the EPS so as to supply other systems. The accelerated plasma is passed through the driver coils, thereby a subspace field is generated that improves the propulsive effect.


Impulse factor: Unit of speeds lower than light. We speak of full, half and quarter impulse. The velocity of 'full impulse' depends on the ship's maximum impulse speed.


Impulse speed: Sublight speed which is achieved with the impulse drive, usually measured in fractions of c. For impulse speeds above approx. 0.25c, relativistic considerations are inevitable.


Inertial dampers: Starship device that protects against the enormous G-forces that occur while the ship accelerates or decelerates. The IDs consist field generators, which produce a forcefield of standard 75 millicochranes, the inertial damping field (IDF). As the ship accelerates or decelerates, the IDF is distorted along a typical force vector. This makes the IDF to absorb the G-forces.


Interdimensional rift: Passed by Voyager when they enter the parallel universe that is the domain of Species 8472. An interdimensional rift might be an imaginary line that divides two universes, just like the subspace barrier, that divides subspace and normal space-time.


Interphase: Rift in the space-time continuum, which made the Defiant disappear and reappear at certain intervals. An interphase is detected through space-time waves. Using an artificial interphase is probably the principle after the interphase cloaking device.


Interphase generator: A cloaking device that manipulates the molecular structure of matter in a way that it is transferred to a parallel space. Matter cloaked with an interphase generator is not only invisible to conventional natural and artificial sensors, it is also able to penetrate normal matter. An interphase generator was installed in the USS Pegasus in 2358, although cloaking devices are prohibited in the Federation according to the Algeron Treaty. The Romulans tested such a cloaking device in 2368. When the experiment failed and the Enterprise arrived to assist the Romulan ship, Geordi and Laren were affected by this device and disappeared. However, while being in phase, they were still able to stand on the floor and breathe normal air. The shown effects are much too inconsistent to determine whether the cloaked object disappears to a parallel dimension or to subspace or anywhere else.


Interspatial flexure: Wormhole-like phenomenon in Devore space, in the Delta Quadrant. The interspatial flexure is very difficult to utilize, because it dispersers and re-appears at almost random locations.


Ion: Atom, electrically charged by 'missing' or 'extra' electrons around it.  


Ion drive: Impulse drive, based on magnetic acceleration exhausting of ions in a plasma. Invented in the 1990s. Ion propulsion requires far less energy than propulsion by other engines, but is relatively weak. Jem'Hadar attack ships utilize ion drives.


Ion storm: Massive movement of ions in space. An ion storm caused Kirk, Scotty, McCoy and Uhura to be sent to a parallel universe. An ion storm caused to leak both Paris' and B'Elanna's spacesuit oxygen supplies one hundred years later.


Ion trail: Trail of ions, left by any ship on warp or impulse. Many ships can be detected because of their ion trail, but these decay (go away) over time.


IPS: (Impulse Power System) Abbreviation used for impulse drive.


Iridium: Iridium is the chemical element with symbol Ir and atomic number 77. A very hard, brittle, silvery-white transition metal of the platinum family, Iridium is generally credited with being one of the densest element based on measured density, although calculations involving the space lattices of the elements show that iridium is denser, and is the most corrosion-resistant metal, even at temperatures as high as 2000 °C. Although only certain molten salts and halogens are corrosive to solid iridium, finely divided iridium dust is much more reactive and can be flammable.

Iridium was discovered on Earth in 1803 among insoluble impurities in natural platinum. Smithson Tennant, the primary discoverer, named iridium for the Greek goddess Iris, personification of the rainbow, because of the striking and diverse colors of its salts. Iridium is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust, with annual production and consumption of only three tonnes. Most iridium is mined from asteroids and meteorites. 191Ir and 193Ir are the only two naturally occurring isotopes of iridium on Earth, as well as the only stable isotopes; the latter is the more abundant of the two.

The most important iridium compounds in use are the salts and acids it forms with chlorine, though iridium also forms a number of organometallic compounds used in industrial catalysis, and in research. Iridium metal is employed when high corrosion resistance at high temperatures is needed, as in crucibles for recrystallization of semiconductors at high temperatures, and electrodes for the production of chlorine in the chloralkali process. Iridium radioisotopes are used in some radioisotope thermoelectric generators. Iridum was also used in the USS Calidorn's Anti-Proton Beam 'emitter rail' and firing systems due to it's ability to form anti-protons, as well as the internal casing for the Hellfire torpedo.

Iridium is found in meteorites with an abundance much higher than its average abundance in the Earth's crust. For this reason the unusually high abundance of iridium in the clay layer at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary gave rise to the Alvarez hypothesis that the impact of a massive extraterrestrial object caused the extinction of dinosaurs and many other species 66 million years ago on Earth. It is thought that the total amount of iridium in the planet Earth is much higher than that observed in crustal rocks, but as with other platinum group metals, the high density and tendency of iridium to bond with iron caused most iridium to descend below the crust when the planet was young and still molten.


Isolinear chip: Nanotechnical device that serves for data and software storage in 24th Federation computer systems. Optical signal processing is employed in isolinear chips, and FTL signal transfer is enabled when installed in a starship's computer core. Isolinear chips also serve as portable storage devices. "Isolinear" refers to the single (iso-) crystalline structure of the optical layers.


Isolinear rod: Cardasssian equivalent to Federation isolinear chips.


Isolytic weapon: (Subspace weaponry) Weapon technology that uses subspace as destructive force. Isolytic weaponry is banned by the Federation and most Alpha and Beta Quadrant powers because the effects on subspace and the fabric of space-time are unpredictable. A Son'a vessel used isolytic weapons in an attack on the Enterprise-E while the ship was in the Briar Patch, trying to save the Ba'ku. (Also see subspace weapon)


Isomagnetic disintegrator: Large portable energy pulse weapon. Such a weapon was used by Picard's crew to defend the Ba'ku in 2375. The Isomagnetic Disintegrator features a portable magnetic charge inducer which fires the beam of isomagnetic energy to disrupt the targets electromagnetic field. When used against lifeforms, the effect can be set anywhere from stun, to a temporary impairment of the central nervous system, and all the way up to the highest setting that disintegrates the target to dust.


Isoton: Unit for the measurement of the explosive force of a weapon, like photon, hellfire, and quantum torpedoes. USS Voyager launched with a photon torpedo complement 32, Class-6 warheads. Explosive yield 200 isotons each.


Jefferies tube: Service corridor in a Federation starship or starbase. A network of Jefferies tubes runs through each starship or starbase and provides access to the various conduits (EPS) and waveguides (ODN).


Kelotane: Kelotane is a Cardassian drug used to treat burns. In 2371, Seska received a 3 CC dose of kelotane after being burned aboard a Kazon starship.


Krieger waves: Energy source, invented by Dr. Apgar at Tanuga Research Station (near Tanuga IV).


Lang-cycle fusion engines: Propulsion system of the 1000-years old Promellian battlecruiser Cleponji encountered by the Enterprise-D in 2366.


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 and disruptors in the 23rd century, however, lasers are still in use as cutting and welding tools.


Laser-induced fusion: Engineering term for controlled nuclear fusion in which the required ignition temperatures are created by powerful lasers. Laser induced fusion is used in the impulse drive engines of Federation starships, as well as in the power supply reactors on station Deep Space 9.


Latinum: A non-replicatable material, typically pressed into gold bars. The Ferengi (and others) use bars of gold-pressed latinum as currency due to it's rarity and extreme value.


LCARS: Acronym for Library Computer Access and Retrieval System, the common user interface of 24th century computer systems, based on verbal and graphically enhanced keyboard/display input and output. The graphical interface adapts to the task which is supposed to be performed, allowing for maximum ease-of-use.


Lectrazine: Lectrazine was used to stabilize the cardiovascular and renal systems of humanoids. It could also be combined with hyronalin for temporary protection against radiation poisoning. In 2371, The Doctor administered twenty milligrams of lectrazine to Tuvok after the Vulcan began having convulsions in main engineering.

The following year, The Doctor administered twenty milligrams of lectrazine to the Vidiian doctor Denara Pel in order to stabilize her cardiovascular and renal systems.

In 2373, The Doctor gave Kes lectrazine to counteract the disruptions in her cardiac functions. Kes attempted to give Tieran twenty milligrams of lectrazine in order to save his life, but Tieran's biochemistry was incompatible with the medication. The Doctor gave Lieutenant Tom Paris a combination of lectrazine and hyronalin to temporarily protect him from radiation poisoning.

In 2374, The Doctor gave twenty milligrams of lectrazine to a member of the bridge crew when she was in hypertensive shock. Later,  Julian Bashir has a nurse use lectrazine to treat a woman who suffered a spinal fracture and trauma to the cranial meninges in the Jem'Hadar attack on Deep Space 9.


Lexorin: Lexorin was a drug utilized during the late 23rd century that was developed to alleviate symptoms of malaise and/or multiple personality disorder in those who experienced a Vulcan mind meld, or who carried a Vulcan katra prior to its placement on Mount Seleya.

James T. Kirk administered a dose of lexorin to Leonard McCoy to help him feel well enough to travel with Spock's katra to Vulcan.


Life support: Designation for a number of ship systems necessary to maintain living conditions for the crew, namely atmospheric system, gravity generators and EPS. The life support systems are distributed throughout the ship and redundant systems are available to provide maximum safety for the crew.


Lightspeed: Physical constant which represents the speed of energy waves and massless particles in vacuum. Lightspeed is 299,792.458 km/s.


Lightspeed barrier: Absolute maximum speed for Newtonian travel. Because of relativistic mass increase and slowing time, no Newtonian-travelling object can travel at lightspeed or above. The only Newtonian systems that can travel at lightspeed are massless particles and energywaves. By 'warping' subspace, starships with a warpdrive engine can break this barrier.


M5 computers: Experimental computer designed in 2268 by Dr. Richard Daystrom. The M-5 multitronic unit was the most ambitious computer complex ever created in its time, and was designed with the purpose of correlating and controlling every aspect of a starships' operation. The M-5 multitronic unit was built using a technique that allowed human neural engrams to be impressed upon the computer's circuits, theoretically giving the machine the ability to think and reason like a human. Daystrom hoped that the M-5 would prove as great an advance as his earlier breakthrough in duotronics. The M-5 was tested aboard the Enterprise in 2268 in an exercise that allowed the M-5 to conduct routine contact and survey operations, as well as an elaborate war game that involved four other Federation starships. Although initial tests were promising, the M-5 demonstrated serious problems when it fired full phasers at the Excalibur and the Lexington, killing hundreds of people. Fortunately, the M-5 possessed Daystrom's sense of morality, and it later deactivated itself to atone for the sin of murder.


Magneton: Artificially generated by crew. In real life, a quanta of the magnetic dipole moment of a particle. In short, it's a measurement (like inches or liters). Also the name of a particle, used to scan a ship for the disembodied aliens and crew. Also picked up by O'Brien while in the Gamma quadrant, leading to the discovery of a crashed Jem'Hadar ship in 2372.


Magnetometric-guided charges: Spatial charges used by the Borg in to force the Enterprise-D from a Nebula in 2366.


Main bridge: Control center of a starship, usually located atop the saucer hull of Federation ships. The bridge includes workstations for command (captain and first officer), flight control (Conn), mission operations (Ops), tactical, science, environment and engineering. Most bridges on Starfleet vessels are replaceable modules, so that adaptation to special missions or upgrading the ship is facilitated.


Main engineering: Control center for propulsion, energy distribution, sensor, navigation, environmental and other ship systems, usually located next to the warp core.


Maneuvering thrusters: See RCS.


M/ARA: (Matter/Antimatter Reaction Assembly) Official name for a warp core in which matter annihilates with antimatter.


Marines: A fighting force specializing in the attacking role of combat as part of a larger unit. Marines are also cross trained in Starship operations, including Tactical, Piloting skills, and other departments.


Matter/antimatter reactor: (M/AMR) Energy source, used by the Federation as warp core and power source on starships. Also used in phasers. Energy is produced by reactions between matter and antimatter particles. In Federation warp core M/AMRs, deuterium and anti-deuterium is used.


Matter/energy scrambler: Minaran transporter device.


Med-kit: The Physician's Med-kit is a small, strap-on case designed to carry emergency medical supplies. A Standard kit should include:

1 - Anabolic Protoplaser
1 - Bandage assortment
1 - Cardiostimulator
2 - Hyposprays
1 - Medical Tricorder
1 - Neural Stimulator
1 - Respirator
1 - Sampling kit

And the following medications:
5 - Vials of Delactovine
5 - Vials of Tricordrazine
3 - Vials of Analgine
4 - Vials of Hyronalyn
3 - Vials of Panamyacin

All doses of any drug type are contained in vials that must be inserted into the Hypospray. The standard kit may be altered to suit missions or situations, but must be altered before the mission begins. For example, if the doctor knows that he is going into a combat zone, he may replace the 3 vials of Panamyacin with more Hyronalyn or Analgine.


Medical tricorder: The standard medical tricorder is a multipurpose technical and scientific instrument. Current design in a modified TR-600. It has the following capabilities: Biosampler, Bioscanner, Chemscanner, Datalink, Environmental Analysis, Medscanner, Multiscanner, and Radscanner. For its size, the Medical Tricorder can maintain and store vast amounts of data in its own memory, which it uses to help evaluate conditions on site. The Medical Tricorder has an external hand-held sensing device. This peripheral contains over 100 sensors, and the Tricorder contains a specialized medical database that provides detailed medical diagnostic tools in the field including tomographic and micrographic imaging. A small diagnosis wand fits into the top of the peripheral and is occasionally used by the physician to provide close high-resolution scans. Together, these sensors allow the Medical Tricorder to make very detailed diagnosis on known species. On unknown species, it is limited to telling if the life-form is sick or dying. A detailed analysis is not possible in such a situation. Effective range is about three yards.


Melenex: Melenex was an anesthetic that was carried in 2260s Starfleet medkits. In 2269, Doctor McCoy used melenex to make Spock appear ill, fooling the computer that controlled the Shore Leave Planet. McCoy described the effects of melenex as "brief unconsciousness and temporary skin discoloration," adding, "It looks worse than it is."

Once the doctor dosed Spock with 10 CCs of melenex via hypospray, McCoy told Spock that it would take ten seconds to take effect, resulting in unconsciousness for less than five minutes.


Merculite: Artificially generated. An explosive material used in out-of-date rockets which are no match for Federation weaponry. Captain Endar threatened to use them against the Enterprise-D if Picard did not release his adopted son, Jono, in 2367.


Metagenic weapon: Genetic mass destruction weapon prohibited by the Federation. The Cardassians deceived the Federation in 2368 when they spread rumors about a metagenic weapon, and Jean-Luc Picard was captured by them when he tried to find proof for it.


Metaphasic particles: Particles, abundant in the rings of the Ba'ku homeworld, which emit metaphasic radiation.


Metaphasic radiation: Radiation caused by metaphasic particles. The metaphasic radiation from the planetary rings around the Ba'ku homeworld continually regenerates biologic cells, so the natural aging process of the Ba'ku is stopped. The crew of the Enterprise-E also felt the healing effects of the metaphasic radiation when they were on the Ba'ku homeworld, and Worf even had his second puberty.


Metaphasic shield: Shield capable of protecting a vessel from the intense radiation and high temperature inside the corona of a star. The metaphasic shield was developed by the Ferengi scientist Dr. Regar. Dr. Beverly Crusher further promoted this technology and employed it to defeat a Borg ship in 2370.


Metorapan: Metorapan was an analgesic medication, which could be substituted with bicaridine. In 2368, Wesley Crusher was treated with bicaridine instead of metorapan because he was allergic to it.


Metrazene: Metrazene was a drug used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. In 2367, Dr. Crusher asked Nurse Ogawa for two hundred milligrams of the drug when William T. Riker was having the Odan symbiont implanted.


Metryon cascade: Mass destruction weapon used by the Haakonians that killed many of the inhabitants of the Talaxian moon Rhinax, and left the survivors suffering from a deadly blood disease, metrymia.


Metryons Particles: High levels of exposure can infect a humanoid with metrymia, a blood disease that causes its victims' cells to undergo fission. The Haakonians used a deadly weapon called the metryon cascade wipe out Rhinax, a Talaxian moon.


Micronization warp drive: Experimental new type of warp drive, used aboard the Defiant. This warp drive incorporates injection of delta isotopes into the warp plasma. This is because warp speeds above warp 9.5 produce time dilation (time aboard slows down). Delta isotopes have effect on dimensional temporal stability, 'pushing' the Defiant forward in time and thus neutralizing the time dilation effect.


Mind sifter: Klingon device used to empty a brain of valuable information. Its side effects include brain damage.


MLSS: Acronym for Multi-Layered Shielding System
Layer 3 - The outermost layer manipulates graviton polarity in a way not typical to shields, creating a graviton flux disruption that prevents many know designs of threat tractor beam from locking on to the vessel. This layer also incorporates transport inhibitor technology, helping prevent an enemy from transporting aboard.
Layer 2 - The middle layer incorporates automatic rotation of frequency and modulation with meta-phasics, which absorbs enemy fire, spreads it out along the shield. This shield sends data on what type of weapon is used and what frequency and phase the weapon uses. Once this is analyzed, the shield can be configured to have the same frequency as the incoming weapon, but different modulation, which dramatically increases shield efficiency.
Layer 1 - The innermost shield layer is a multi-phaseic shield. Based on standard regenerative shielding, this is the ship's last line of defense. The key to this layer is it's ability to 'wave' while in a state of temporal flux. This technology was developed in part by the crew of USS Voyager and the Mannheim Research Station. Instead of a standard oval bubble, this layer 'ripples' or waves (like the surface of water on a pond) while in a state of temporal flux. This dramatically increases protection against weapons such as the Hellfire Torpedo and Chronaton Torpedoes while at the same time helping protect the ship from temporal anomalies.


Mobile emitter: Device which enables the EMH of the starship USS Voyager to work in environments without holoprojectors. This device originates in the 29th century. Voyager has sent data on the emitter to Starfleet in datastream transmissions and Starfleet has designed similar, but not as advanced emitter of it's own. These have been distributed though out Starfleet.


Mobile Surgical Frame (MSF): 24th century medicine has advanced significantly over the past few years with the introduction of the EMH and the refinement of micro-surgery. However, we still have a long way to go in regard to planetary medicine. In the past, severely injured patients in the field had only two choices, wait to be transported back to a medical facility, or have an operation in a less-than-sterile environment. The MSF was designed to replace the latter option.  Put simply, the Mobile Surgical Frame is the same as the Surgical Support Frame integrated into bio-beds on Starships, only on a portable scale. This technology will be invaluable to field medics and hospitals as well as starship medical officers. Thank you for considering this proposal.

MSF Specifications:
Casing: Micromilled duranium foam
Height (stowed): 1100 cm
Height (deployed): 1500 cm
Width: 2000 cm
Length: 1500 cm
Weight: 20 lbs.
Power source: 10 sarium krellide cells, capable of supporting the MSF for 2 weeks without recharging.

Instruments: Embedded into the MSF are biofunction sensors as well as the Medical Peripheral which is standard in all Medical Tricorders.

Functions:  The MSF provides a sterile environment for surgery using a variety of forcefield generators.  It is also capable of automated administration of introvenous medication as well as cardiovascular support and emergency defibrillation.  The MSF may also be customized to fit a specific species, the default being humanoid.


Monean homeworld: The Monean homeworld is a true galactic phenomenon. Created some 100,000 years ago by the ancestors of the Moneans, the Monean homeworld is an artificial 'ball' of water, some 1200 km in diameter. The 'planet' is created by pumping all surface water of the original class-M homeworld to above the surface, and there concentrating it in a spherical, planetary form. Cohesion is maintained by a gravimetric field reactor in the core of the 'planet'. Although 100,000 years old, the reactor is still functioning fine, but the increased pressure of the waterworld on the reactor's hull forced the reactor to resist, a loss of planetary cohesion as side-effect.


MQSSS: Acronym for Multi-Quantum Spatial Shield System

MQSSS was developed after nearly a decade of development. An improvement over the MLSS system, MQSSS uses a single layer that does everything MLSS does. It is more energy efficient and uses a covariant-quantum frequency calculation to optimize shield harmonics about 3x as fast as the MLSS system. Energy bleed-through is approximately 33% lower than on the MLSS and it uses a series of regenerative shield generators that allow the recharge time of the shield to be significantly lower than the 45-second offline time of most starships. The MQSSS also absorbs and redistributes about 15% of incoming energy weapon damage into reinforcing the shield system, this technology is almost a modified adaptation of the shielding system used by the Borg on certain structures. This feature was developed by Starfleet Tactical using technological data brought back from the Delta Quadrant by USS Voyager.

The MQSSS was first deployed aboard the new Gladiator class Starship, launched in late 2388. Once testing is completed, Starfleet will consider deploying the system on other classes of Starships and Stations.


Morphenolog: Morphenolog is an analgesic drug. In 2371, Dr. Julian Bashir gave Vedek Bareil a two cc dose of morphenolog to ease the pain being caused by damage to his left parietal lobe due to ongoing treatments with vasokin.


Multifire Phaser Strips: Phaser array designed for the Galaxy Class refit, designated Type-XV. Each strip could lock onto and fire up to a maximum of ten beams at ten different targets. These fell out of use in the late 2370s due to their need for extra maintenance and advances were made to the Type-XII arrays making them more efficient. With the Type-XIII phasers now being installed on the Galaxy Class refit, the Type-XV will soon be fully removed from service.


Murasaki 312: Galactic quasar-like phenomenon which emits high levels of electromagnetic radiation.


Nadions: Particles produced as the output produced by phasers. Nadions are short-living particles possessing special properties related to high-speed interactions with atom nuclei. Among these properties is the ability to liberate and transfer strong nuclear forces within a particular class of superconducting crystals. Janeway closes a 'temporal rift' artificially generated by the crew by firing her phaser at it. Torres identifies the 'nadion particle feedback' as the reason why the fissure is closing.


Nanites: Nanotechnical devices developed by the Federation to work in microscopic environments, for instance on a cellular level in a human body. In 2366, nanites were discovered to have developed a consciousness. The capabilities and the size of nanites are discussed here.


Nanoprobes: Microscopic devices that are programmed to convert (assimilate) a living organism to a Borg drone. Once injected to the blood stream, the nanoprobes take control of the organism and form the first Borg implants. It was amazing and disturbing how fast Lt. Hawk and other crew members were assimilated aboard the Enterprise-E while attempting to stop the Borg and save first contact. The mere injection of nanoprobes is obviously sufficient to change the whole metabolism in an instant and, moreover, form Borg implants that exceed the size of all nanoprobes combined by far. Nanoprobes are equipped with nano-replicators that converts body tissue to metallic implants.


Nanosurgeon: A suspension of nanotechnological assemblies that are typically used to survey cellular genetic damage and effect repairs. They report to, and are monitored by, the attending physician. Nanosurgeons are useful to repair additional damage that drugs or other materials cannot affect.


Nasal numbing agent: A nasal numbing agent was an injection to reduce the perception of odors. Subcommander T'Pol took injections to reduce the smell Humans produce.


Navigational deflector: Device that deflects potential obstacles in a starship's flight path. The deflector dish usually produces a low-power static field for deflecting submicron particles and a concentrated main beam that pushes aside larger objects thousands of kilometers ahead of the ship. Deflector beams are indispensable at warp speed, for already a submicron particle could penetrate and damage the hull.


Nebula: Clouds of gases particles in space, with a typical measurement of multiple lightyears. Typical nebulas are composed of hydrogen, helium and bits of oxygen and other trace elements.


Nekrit Expanse: Huge nebula in the Delta Quadrant, considered a dangerous place.


Neural paralyzer: A Neural paralyzer is a central nervous system depressant, standard in Starfleet medkits circa 2260. Used in surgery as a preanesthetic, it acts within 5-10 minutes and lasts for about 15-20 minutes to depress cardiac and respiratory functions, incidentally making the subject nearly appear dead.

There may be many such available drugs of this type, one of which might be melenex.


Neurolink: Allows a healthy "donor" to take over autonomic functions for a patient suffering from brain stem damage. One link is attached to the head of the "donor" and the other on the head of the patient. Upon activation, the autonomic functions of the donor control the patient's heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, etc.


Neuromuscular adaptation: Neuromuscular adaptation was a treatment designed to allow species from low-gravity planets to function normally at Earth-normal gravity. The theory was first developed by Nathaniel Teros in 2340, and later refined by Doctor Julian Bashir in 2370.

The procedure utilized neo-analeptic transmitters to elevate the neural output of the brain's motor cortex, which in turn stimulated acetylcholine absorption to 14% above normal and caused an increase in tensile muscle strength. A side effect experienced by the patient during the neo-analeptic infusion was warmth due to neuromuscular tissue stimulation. Eventually, the patient's neural pathways adapted to the increased tensile strength, allowing an increased ability to move in higher gravity.

It was possible for the patient to walk within an hour, although only for an limited period of time as the treatment wore off. With each successive treatment, the effects lasted longer and the patient's muscles grew stronger. It was inadvisable for the patient to alternate between low and Earth-normal gravity conditions during the treatment, as changing stimuli to the motor cortex eventually resulted in the loss of fine motor control.

After two or three days of the treatment, the motor cortex adapted to the new conditions and the effects became irreversible.


Neuropressure: Vulcan neuropressure is a mental and physical technique for relaxing the mind and muscles. It is extremely difficult and takes years to master. Also being very personal, it requires a great deal of physical contact. An application of neuropressure for combat is the so-called Vulcan nerve pinch.

T'Pol was skilled in neuropressure and began administering it to Commander Tucker after his sister died, as he was having trouble sleeping. Tucker soon became quite skilled in neuropressure, mastering techniques such as the surah'than and the Khavorta posture (which was difficult because of the necessity for a certain breathing method and a relaxed jaw).


Neurostimulator: This device "jumpstarts" the Central Nervous System of patients who have suffered some form of neuro-synaptic failure. This is particularly useful to treat a patient who has suffered CNS shock from the higher settings of a Phaser.


Neurozine: Neurozine was an anesthetic that was used during the late 24th century and that could be dispensed in gaseous form. In 2374, neurozine, axonol, and anesthezine were considered to be "only the best" anesthetic gases for intruder control. That year, The Doctor and EMH Mark II used three canisters of neurozine gas, distributed through the ventilation system, to incapacitate the Romulans who had hijacked the USS Prometheus.


Neutrinos: Particles, with almost no mass, travelling at almost the speed of light. Predicted in the 1930's by the famous quantumphysician Enrico Fermi, and found in 1956. Stars produce hundreds of billions of neutrinos per second. Cloaked ships emit neutrinos and can lead to their detection.


Neutron Radiation: Naturally occurring. Emitted from older classes of the Klingon Bird of Prey, neutrons not contained within an atomic nucleus have a half-life of about 15 minutes.


Neutronic mine: Borg weapon. It spreads neutrons over a distance of at least 5 lightyears. The explosive force is 5 million isotons.


Neutronium: Very cohesive material made of densely-packed neutrons, held together by gravity. The material neutron stars are made of. The Doomsday Machine's hull was made of it, as well as the outer hull of the Dyson sphere.


Newtonian: A system is Newtonian when it's strictly restricted to the laws of Newton.


Newtonian propulsion: Propulsion, based on the action/reaction laws of Newton. An Newtonian propulsion drive cannot break the lightspeed barrier. Impulse drive is a Newtonian drive.


Nogatch hemlock: Nogatch hemlock was a substance which is extremely poisonous to humanoids. It had no known antidote.

In 2372, Q gave Quinn Nogatch hemlock so that he could commit suicide. USS Voyager's Doctor stated that the drug was not available in the ship's medical stores, and Lieutenant Tuvok stated that the ship's replicators would not produce it either.


Non-Newtonian propulsion: Propulsion drive that has no normal action/reaction component associated with it. Non-Newtonian drives can break the lightspeed-barrier, because it 'violates' the action/reaction laws of Newton. Examples included Warp Drive, Quantum Slipstream Drive, and Transwarp.


Norepinephrine: Norepinephrine (abbreviated norep) or noradrenaline is a hormone and neurotransmitter in the humanoid central nervous system. As a stress hormone, it affects the part of the brain that controls alertness as well as the fight-or-flight response. Along with epinephrine or adrenaline, it increases heart rate and blood pressure, thus increasing blood flow to muscles in addition to triggering the release of glucose from the body's energy stores.

In 2372, The Doctor found elevated levels of norepinephrine in Lon Suder, which suggested increased aggressive tendencies. However, he also noted that Suder's levels were not significantly different from any of the other former Maquis crew.

The Clown, a manifestation of fear in Viorsa's virtual reality stasis system, metaphorically chopped his victims' heads off by raising the amount of norepinephrine in their bodies to such extreme levels that they suffered massive heart attacks and died.

In 2375, when Sarina Douglas began responding to Doctor Julian Bashir's treatment for her catalepsy, he discovered that her norephinephrine levels were a little high, which Douglas herself explained was because of limbic overcompensation for the new thalamic connections.

In 2376, The Doctor found that Neelix's norepinephrine levels were three times what they should have been, after his exposure to neurogenic pulses from the Tarakis memorial monument.


Nova: Burst of energy in the last phase of the life of a star. A nova can cause a star to reject his outer layers. The people of Sarpeidon travelled back in time to escape when their sun, Beta Niobe, went nova in 2269. The Fabrina sun went nova, the survivors are now living on the giant starship of Yonada.


Nullifier cores: Energy sources onboard of cloak capable ships. Nullifier cores dissipate the energy they use, so the energy emissions can't be detected from outside the ship.


ODN: Acronym for Optical Data Network, the system of fiber-optics used in 24th century computer systems. Optical data transfer offers the advantage of a higher bandwidth than electrical connections and is therefore increasingly employed for long-range transmission as well as for local networks.


Omega: Complex artificial molecule that can be employed for power generation. Not sufficiently contained, a single omega molecule can disrupt subspace within a range of several lightyears, so that warp travel becomes impossible. The omega molecule was detected independently by the Federation, the Borg and an alien civilization in the Gamma Quadrant, however, each time the attempt to employ it as a power source failed. The Federation issued the Omega Directive that obliges every Starfleet captain to destroy any detected omega molecule under all circumstances.


Omicron particles: Particles, created by Space Nebula Creature, used in 'circulatory' system. Thought to be a substitute for anti-matter for the warp drives, as well as fuel for the replicators. In 2374, Chakotay was conducting a survey mission to a planet with a high concentration of omicron particles in the atmosphere when his shuttle came under attack.


Osteotractor: Medical tractor fields used to set and immobilize a broken bone prior to treatment with a Protoplaser. They act as a temporary cast during treatment.


PADD: Acronym for Personal Access Display Device, a hand-held access terminal to a computer system. PADDs are equipped with a display and touch sensitive areas and have limited built-in memory and computing capability. They are employed to establish uplinks and downlinks to computer systems and may serve as transporter locks-ons. Apart from Starfleet, PADDs are used by most other advanced civilizations.


Parallel universe: Universe existing outside our normal four-dimensional space-time. Typically, while many people and places maybe similar to our own universe, many of the events are different which leads to the separate timeline itself.


Particle synthesis: Advanced matter replication technology, supposedly superior to Federation replicators. Particle synthesis is employed by Arturis's people and by Species 8472.


Pattern buffer: Part of the transporter system, usually located on the deck below the transporter platform. The pattern buffer is used for short-term storage of the matter stream, thereby providing a delay necessary to compensate for relative velocity (Doppler compensator, filter out hazardous organic materials (biofilter) or transfer the pattern to another pattern buffer in case of a transporter malfunction. Scotty survived 75 years within the pattern buffer that was set to a continuous diagnostic cycle. Normally, the signal decay is too fast to allow storage for more than a few seconds.


Pattern enhancer: Device that improves transporter pattern recognition in case of electromagnetic disturbances. The pattern enhancer is a cylinder with a length of approx. 1m and was introduced in Starfleet around 2369. Usually three pattern enhancers are employed in a triangular formation around the object that is supposed to be beamed.


Peak transitional threshold: Initial power necessary to achieve an integer warp factor. The peak transitional threshold is much higher than the power to maintain the respective velocity. The introduction of the peak transitional threshold obviously serves to justify the the strange warp scale, where the warp factor is not simply WF=v/c or WF=log(v/c), but WF=(v/c)^1/3. For this purpose, the power to maintain a subspace field is designed to exhibit significant peaks which are sequentially numbered and designated as warp factor. A simple explanation is that this behavior is attributed to the subsequent activation of additional warp field layers for higher velocities, which is accomplished by a suited warp field activation sequence. Eugene's limit can be included into this theory in a way that more than 9 layers are not efficient to facilitate high-warp propulsion, so the complete remaining speed range is compressed within the range between Warp 9 and Warp 10, the latter equals infinite speed. In fact, the official diagram of power expenditure shows that the power saving after the peak transitional threshold decreases from 100 at Warp 1 to 2.75 at Warp 9, suggesting that this factor would be still smaller at another threshold.


Phase Cannon: Phaser emplacement on early (2150-2200) Starfleet starships. Single retractable emplacements. Phase Cannons had longer cool down, longer recharge times, and shorter ranges then later fixed Phaser Banks.


Phase shift: Generic term for a movement to a state outside the normal space-time continuum. Phase shifts are frequently created in using either an interphase cloaking device, a phase discriminator, an unknown type of phase shifter, or a chroniton based device. Usually phase shift seems to be an essentially temporal displacement, while the interphase generator might be based on a spatial shift or parallel space.


Phased: State or property of matter and energy. Things can be offset slightly in a time-like dimension from our 'phase' of the universe. The idea being that if you and I have different 'phases' we can't interact with each other without using special particles or fields. Dark matter can make objects continually phase in and out of our universe.


Phased matter: Intermediate state between matter and energy. The term is used for the matter stream generated in the transporter as well as for excited matter produced in the warp and impulse reactors, where it seems to be the same as plasma.


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 (arrays) 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 Type 1 and larger Type 2 to phaser rifles. Since phasers have to be recharged, it's obvious that continuous firing is not possible, neither with a hand-held device, nor with the shipboard phasers.


Phaser Array: Liner Arrays of phaser emitter crystals. Ship borne weapons. These were introduced on the Ambassador Class in the early 2300s, replacing the older Phaser Banks as a ship's primary weapons system. Improvements over Phaser Banks are shorter recharge times, shorter cool down times (heat is spread out over several emitter crystals instead of one bank), thus improving power yields, ranges, and shortens the time between firing. The invention of the 'jacketed beam' in mid late 24th century allows vessels to fire phasers while at warp, however the attacker must be within only a few hundred km and at similar speed to it's target.


Phaser Bank: Phaser emplacement on early (2200-2300) Federation starships. Ball turret emplacements normally housed in twos. Phaser Banks had longer cool down, longer recharge times, and shorter ranges then modern Phaser Arrays.


Phase transition coils: Parts of a transporter, in which phased matter is injected to be converted back to normal matter.


Photon torpedo: Matter/antimatter annihilation weapon used by Starfleet, the Klingon Defense Force, and others. A Starfleet photon torpedo contains deuterium and magnetically constrained antideuterium tanks, target guidance and a warp sustainer. Photon torpedoes can be used at warp speed, and will maintain their speed for 4,050,000km.


Photonic Missile: Borg weapon similar to photon torpedoes.


Photonic Torpedo: Early version of the photon torpedo in use from 2151-2230.


Plasma: Ionized gas, often regarded as the forth state of matter besides the solid, fluid and gaseous state. Consisting of charged particles, plasma is electrically conductive. Due to this property and the fact that the excited electrons in a plasma are on higher energy level than bound electrons in other forms of matter, plasma is suited to transport energy. In particular, plasma is employed to provide the necessary power for the warp drive and other systems of a starship. The EPS serves to distribute plasma throughout the ship. The continuously occurring relaxation of excited electrons from a higher to a lower energy level becomes obvious in a characteristic glow.


Plasma Infusion Unit: An instrument used for transfusions of blood, blood plasma, and/or electrolytes into patients that need them. The Plasma Infusion Unit also provides filtration of the material to be delivered.


Plasma injectors: Part of the warp drive that injects matter in the matter/antimatter reactor. There are matter and antimatter injectors.


Plasma Torpedo: Projectile weapon used by Romulans and Krazzle. Shaped plasma charge that uses ionized gas and trilithium. Original Romulan plasma torpedoes were pure plasma that dissipated the further it traveled. Current design doesn't suffer from this draw back. It's destructive force is slightly more then a Photon torpedo.


Polaric ions: Used as a power generation system by alien species. Very unstable, caused a disaster on the planet, killing all life and vegetation on the planet's surface. The Federation prohibited experiments with polaric ions in 2268.


Polarons: Particles, used to force a shapeshifter to return to his liquid state. Torres detected a buildup of polaron particles, caused by the Nyrian translocation device in 2373.


Polaron beam: Beam of polaron particles. Primary beam weapon used by the Dominion. The Borg use polaron beams for scanning. The Swarm uses polaron beams to set the shielding of a ship at a rotating modulation, which makes a ship a lot easier to detect. They also use it as some kind of lattice, connecting each ship with each other.


Polaron torpedoes: Projectile using polaron particles as an energy source in the warhead. Primary torpedo weapon used by the Dominion and The Order.


Portal: Portals are similar to wormholes, gateways to other parts of the Galaxy allowing nearly instantaneous travel which could take years at high warp. Portals were designed and built by Iconians, whom also built smaller personal sized portals.


Positronic brain: Neural network type employed as central processing units for androids of the Soong series. The concept was suggested by Isaac Asimov in the 20th century.


Positronic core: Based off the positronic brain, these new computer cores use a neural network type employed as central processing unit which makes processing faster than in a Bioneural computer system. Storage capacity is also increased. 'Posi-Cores' were first deployed aboard the Gladiator class starship in 2389.


Power transfer conduits: Conduit system on a starship, which transfers high-energetic plasma from the warp core to the warp nacelles. PTCs have a critical temperature of 3,200,000 degrees Kelvin.


Preanimated matter: Matter that is very close to being classified as a form of life, but doesn't quite make the grade. Encountered on Ceti Alpha V, Chekov said this might be responsible for causing an energy flux in one dyno-scanner.


Primary hull: Another name for the saucer section on a starship.


Probe: Device fitted with a number of general purpose or mission specific sensors that can be launched from a starship for closer examination of celestial objects or for reconnaissance. Most Federation probes are about the size of a photon torpedo, and some of them actually use a torpedo casing. Probes are a logical consequence considering that the resolution of the built-in long-range sensors is limited and that there is a signal decay over long distances.


Protomatter: An unstable form of matter used by David Marcus as a short cut in the construction of the Genesis Device. Because of the instability of protomatter, the Genesis Planet began to age geologically at an accelerated rate. The resurrected Spock-child also began to age very rapidly, allowing Spock to regain his katra at about the same age as he was when he 'died'. A trilithium-tekasite-protomatter explosive device was used by a Changling in an attempt to destroy the Bajorian Sun in 2373. Protomater is the primary reactant in the Hellfire Torpedo.


Protostar: Very young star, still forming out of his nebula. In 2374, Harry Kim says that blowing up a Type 6 protostar could open a wormhole.


Psychotropic drug: A psychotropic drug or psychotropic compound was a chemical that altered brain function in such a way as to affect mood, consciousness, perception, or behavior. These effects were usually temporary.

During the 1960s, some Humans on Earth used a psychotropic drug known as LSD for recreation, which caused some damage to their minds later in life. James T. Kirk, during a time travel mission that visited Earth's past, used this fact in an attempt to explain Spock's unusual comments, behavior, and attire, by stating that he had taken too much of the drug during that era while partaking in the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, California.

In 2151 an away team from the Enterprise NX-01 fell victim to a naturally occurring psychotropic compound, known as tropolisine on an uninhabited Class M planet later named Archer IV.

The Ktarian game was stimulating the brain similar to a psychotropic drug.

Empok Nor had been the site of a failed experiment by the Cardassians to use psychotropic drugs to enhance Cardassian xenophobia, in order to create more effective soldiers. Three members of the First Order, Third Battalion were treated to the drug, and left behind in stasis tubes when the station was abandoned. The two surviving members were awakened in 2373 by a Starfleet salvage team, who killed three members of the team before being killed by Elim Garak, who had also been exposed to the drug. The drug caused Garak to kill a fourth member of the team before he was neutralized by Chief Miles O'Brien.


Pulse phaser cannon: Phaser weapon used in Defiant, Raptor and Titan class starships as well as all Federation Fighters. This system takes a large amount of phased matter from warp or impulse engines, then it's bundled in a solid shell. An emitter, using artificial crystals, fires rapidly. The pulse phaser cannon is more powerful than a conventional phaser beam.


PXK reactor: Power source, used on Janus VI in the mid to late 23rd century. The Horta steals its main circulation pump, shutting down the reactor.


Q Continuum: Realm of the Q entities. It could be a parallel space or time or anything else.


Quad: Unit for the measurement of the amount of computer data, usually expressed in the multiples of 1 thousand (kiloquad), 1 million (megaquad), 1 billion (gigaquad), 1 trillion (teraquad).


Quantum Field Focus Controller: The quantum field focus controller allows a starship to keep shields and communication online and at 100% during slipstream travel.


Quantum Filament: Form of energy. The Enterprise-D 2368 encountered a quantumfilament as an elongated subatomic object, hundreds of meters long, but possessing almost no mass. Caused damage to the ship. Looks like a cosmic string, but it is something completely different.


Quantum fissure: Point in the space-time continuum, being a keyhole to alternate quantum realities. Worf encountered such a quantum fissure in 2370 when his shuttle intersected the fissure, its warp engine caused a break in the barriers between realities, shifting Worf from reality to reality. The quantum fissure encountered by Worf gave access to at least 285,000 realities, since the destabilization (caused by a power surge aboard the Enterprise-D, which was analyzing the phenomenon at the time) allowed other realities to intrude into normal space-time at Worf's position. This caused the intrusion of at least 285,000 Enterprise-D's, all representing a different reality, to temporarily intrude our continuum.


Quantum flux: State of dimensional instability, or continual change. When Worf was put in a quantum flux by a quantum fissure, he began shifting through multiple alternate quantum realities. A subject transported by a subspace transporter in 2370 must be put in a state of quantum flux before transporting, which is considered to be very dangerous.


Quantum phase inhibitor: The Tox Uthat device was a quantum phase inhibitor.


Quantum singularity: Also referred to as black hole. Romulan ships employ a quantum singularity as their power source, and the Hirogen communications network do as well. Basically, a black hole is supposed to accumulate energy, never ever emitting anything of it. In the early 21st century, Professor Stephen Hawking, however, postulated that black holes do actually emit radiation, or shrink in terms of mass. This strange behavior is attributed to the quantum uncertainty. According to quantum mechanics, it is in no way prohibited that a particle/antiparticle pair is generated from nothing, as long as their lifetime is so short that it is not noticed. If this happens at the event horizon, one particle might fall into the black hole, whereas the other could escape. In this case it would seem as if the black hole does emit radiation, and the Romulans obviously take advantage of this effect.


Quantum slipstream drive: Propulsion technology exceeding the capabilities of conventional warp drive. The quantum slipstream drive was introduced as the propulsion system of the fake Federation ship Dauntless. According to Seven of Nine, the technology is akin to Borg transwarp. In this case a kind of space fold would be created to bridge large distances similar to a wormhole. Only a handful of Starfleet vessels are equipped with QSD today, these including the USS Gladiator, USS Pegasus-B, USS Essex, USS Durga, USS Voyager, and USS Aventine. A vessel equipped must included a quantum field focus controller at the front of the ship's main deflector and a chroniton integrator as well as benamite crystals.


Quantum torpedo: Torpedo that employs a release of energy from a zero point energy release (also known as quantum vacuum energy) as a destructive force. Typical yield is 275 isotons and an effective range of 4,000,000km.


Quasars: (QUAsi StellAR Objects, or QSO's) Extragalactic phenomenons dating from the early years after the Big Bang. Quasars are strong sources of radio and X-rays. It's believed that they're powered by a super-massive black hole, centered in the nucleus of a young galaxy. The last quasars are dated from 600 million years ago, but most are dated much older. Galactic, quasar-like phenomenons powered by smaller black holes are called microquasars. In 2267, the shuttle Galileo investigated a microquasar. (Murasaki 312) A quasar-telescope is used onboard the Enterprise-D, aiding in navigation.


Raktajino: Klingon coffee. Much stronger then coffee from Earth. Very popular with many Starfleet Officers like Ben Sisko, Tom Paris, Mike K'Wor Bremer, and many others.


RCS: Acronym for Reaction Control System, also referred to as maneuvering thrusters. The RCS is a low-power propulsion system for low-velocity attitude and translational control. Depending on the starship type, the system consists of a number of thrusters mostly located at the edge of the saucer hull. Although the Star Trek RCS is based on a fusion reaction, its principle has not changed since the early days of space travel in the 1960's, and similar thrusters were attached e.g. to the hull of the Apollo spaceship.


Reflex-quintronics: Computer technology incorporating duotronic drivers, isolinear optical chips, bio-neural gel packs and advances in Cytherian computer technology. This artificial intelligence-technology responds to external stimuli on an instinctive level. One of the consequences of RQs is autorepair of damaged systems. However the computer is equipped with artificial intelligence, the computer cannot make its own decisions; it's still restricted to his programs. Defiant-class starships are equipped with reflex-quintronic computers.


Regenerative shielding: Shielding technology first employed for the prototype USS Prometheus, NX-59650, and later included on the Sovereign, Vesta, Luna, and other classes.


Relativistic speed: Speed at which relativistic effects such as mass increase and time dilation become evident. While the warp drive is inherently free of such effects, they have to be considered if the ship is powered by the impulse drive only. According to Einstein's Special Relativity Theory, a movement at a speed v leads to a mass increase by the factor (sqrt(1-v^2/c^2))^-1. For small v values, this increase is negligible, however, for 0.25c it yields 6.7% and increases strongly for higher speeds. Finally, at v=c mass would become infinite if c could be achieved without warp drive. Actually, this effect prevents a starship from being accelerated to high speeds with conventional propulsion, because such a ship would virtually consist of nothing but fuel. This problem is solved with a subspace field that lowers the effective mass. Time dilation is another relativistic effect that occurs if two objects have relative speeds to each other. For instance, a starship moving at a speed v from the perspective of an observer is assumed. The observer will perceive time in the starship slowed down as if time were stretched by the factor (sqrt(1-v^2/c^2))^-1. Fundamentally, vice versa the starship passengers will see the observer's time dilated, as long as both stay in their respective frames of reference. However, as the traveler accelerates and decelerates their starship and reverses its course, their frame of reference is changed. This explains the often discussed twin paradox. The traveling twin does actually age slower than the one who stays on Earth.


Replicator: Device which is capable of creating matter from raw matter. The working principle of this device is related to the transporter. The replicator disassembles and assembles matter in a similar way, the main difference is that its resolution is limited to the molecular level. Compared to the transporter, the requirements for a replicator are rather simple, and it is not plausible why it has been invented about a century after the transporter. The replicator works on a molecular base, which is sufficient to create food or articles for daily use. It is necessary to store suited raw matter, i.e. matter with the molecular composition required. Usually waste is employed for this purpose. Up to 87% of waste on a starship can be recycled to consumables.


Repulsor beam: A modified tractor beam that pushes objects away instead of pulling them closer.


Ring singularity: Quantum singularity, which doesn't exists as a 0 dimensional point, but as a ring. The ring structure is 1 dimensional, in other words: it has only a length, no thickness and width. A wormhole has ring singularities.


Rotating phaser frequency: Method of changing the phaser frequency employed by the Federation, so as to prevent adaptation of Borg shielding.


Rotating shield frequency: Method of changing the deflector shield frequency at random to avoid penetration by enemy weapons.


Runabout: Vessel of small size, slightly larger then a shuttlecraft, mainly used for mid-range personnel transport. Runabouts are equipped with warp and impulse drive, shields, phasers and optional photon torpedoes, while combat runabouts (runabouts designed for use in combat situations) have improved shielding and weapons. They are used for many purposes where a shuttlecraft is too slow and uncomfortable, while a starship is either not available or is supposed to perform more important tasks.


Safety protocol: Subroutine that prevents a holographic projection system from creating harmful objects, substances or situations which may cause a user's injury or even death.


Saucer Section: The saucer of a starship. The ship's living compartments (crew quarters, mess hall, sick bay, and other such areas) are typically located in the saucer section.


Saucer separation: Disconnection of engineering hull and main hull (saucer) of a Galaxy-class starship. Saucer separation is employed in emergency situations, e.g. in order not to endanger civilians in a battle or in case a warp core breach breach is inevitable. A number of other starship classes can perform saucer separation as well, however, in most cases reconnection is not possible without aid of a starbase.


Scalpel: There are three varieties to choose from, traditional cutting blades with a monomolecular edge, laser scalpels that cauterize as they cut, and nanotech scalpels that separate tissues along cellular lines without damage. Each has different uses. Laser scalpels help the surgeon because of bloodlessness, but can dazzle anyone unwary enough to look into the beam, even though the scalpel can only cut within its focal length. Monomolecular blades require no power supply and quickly slice through most matter with minimal effort. Finally, Nanotech scalpels cause minimal disruption of tissue but operate slowly. There is current research in an experimental scalpel that utilizes Transporter technology.


Secondary Hull: Other name for the Star Drive (Engineering) section on a starship.


Self-sealing stem bolt: Mysterious device that even O'Brien did not know what it is useful for. Theory is, these long bolts are somehow able to seal themselves without need of nut as is the case of typical bolts.


Self-replicating mine: Explosive device, equipped with a matter/antimatter warhead and a replicator system. Deployed in a shell, the self-replicating mines are able to fill in gaps by replicating new mines. The mines were first suggested by Rom in 2373 to prevent the Jem'Hadar fleet from entering the Alpha Quadrant through the Bajoran Wormhole.


Sensor: Collective name for a variety of devices for gathering data about electromagnetic radiation and particles and for chemical, biological and medical analysis. External sensors are attached to the outer hull of a starship. Among them are navigational sensors which determine the ship's position and velocity and scientific sensors for astronomical observation, planetary surface analysis and remote lifeform analysis. Internal sensors are used to control life support and detect hazardous environmental conditions as well as to track potential intruders. Finally, sensors are also included in tricorders and other hand-held devices which can perform similar tasks, however, their range is limited. Real world sensor systems will soon accomplish the functionality shown in Star Trek. However, subspace sensor beams traveling faster than light are as utopian as warp drive. The Ferengi ship attacking the USS Stargazer did not have FTL sensing capability, so Picard could fool its sensors with his famous "Picard Maneuver".


Shields: See deflector shield.


Shield frequency: Value that represents the energy of a deflector shield. Expressed in Hertz (Hz). An object can penetrate the shield when it has the same frequency as the shielding.


Shield nutation: Technique that is used to make it more difficult to penetrate shielding. The mechanism after shield nutation is a randomly changing shield frequency.


Shuttlebay: Facility on a starship where shuttlecrafts can land, be stored and maintained. The space door is usually closed, and is replaced by a forcefield when a shuttle is about to land or to be launched. This forcefield can be penetrated by the shuttlecraft itself, while it prevents decompression of the shuttlebay. Each shuttlebay is equipped with a tractor beam generator in order to facilitate the landing procedure.


Shuttlecraft: Small space vessel for short-range transport with a typical capacity ranging from 2 to 10 persons. Shuttlecrafts are equipped with impulse drive, all modern types also with warp drive.


Sickbay: Medical facility aboard a starship or space station. Also known as an Infirmary on a space station.


Sickbay Overhead Sensor Cluster: This is a circular arrangement of sensors located above the primary Bio-Bed in sickbay. It augments the sensors of the Bio-Bed, and also provides an emergency containment field to prevent contamination.


SIF: Acronym for Structural Integrity Field, a system of forcefields built up around and within a starship in order to counterbalance acceleration forces and gravitational forces. The SIF actually keeps the spaceframe in one piece. Many Federation starships cannot even sustain the gravity of a planet, and the USS Voyager would virtually fall asunder, if standing on the surface without SIF.


Slingshot effect: Time travel that occurs if a starship approaches a star at high warp and then turns round again. This method is used by the Enterprise in 2267 and later by Kirk's captured Bird of Prey in 2280.


Sodium Pentathol: Sodium Pentathol (generic name, thiopental sodium (C11 H17 N2 O2 SNa)) was a compound which was used as a type of "truth serum" on Earth during the mid-20th century Earth.

While he was stuck in 1947 Earth, the United States of America's Army Air Corps used Sodium Pentathol on Quark in an attempt to gain information about an anticipated attack from Mars. However, several injections of the drug did not produce results, although Quark's loud, high-pitched screams for mercy led Captain Wainwright to make physical threats instead.


Soliton wave: Method of warp travel without shipboard warp drive. The soliton wave is generated by a stationary generator on a planet and directed towards the ship in order to accelerate it to warp speed. A second wave generator at the destination is required to dissolve the wave generating a counterwave with matching frequency, phase and amplitude. The concept of the soliton wave seems to be quite similar to conventional warp propulsion, considering that a wave is nothing but a traveling field. Notwithstanding the simpler ship construction, soliton wave propulsion is questionable, since the ship is dependent on at least two wave generators, so it would only be useful for frequently used trade routes.


Spaceframe: Skeletal structure of a starship. The spaceframe of a large vessel is usually designed to provide sufficient mechanical stability while the ship is at rest in orbit or open space. Stability during acceleration by propulsion systems or gravity can only be accomplished through the SIF. Mechanical stability is a decisive obstacle when designing large structures such as a Galaxy-class starship. Simply inflating all dimensions of a smaller starship by a constant factor is not possible, considering the fact that the volume will increase by the third power and the cross-section only by the second power. Hence, a strength deficit occurs if an object is scaled up, and a strength surplus if it is scaled down.


Spacesuit: Pressurized garment for work in open space.


Space-time: The 4 dimensional continuum of which our universe exists. Space-time has 3 space dimensions (length, size and depth) and one time dimension. Space-time can be bend, torned, expanded, contracted, dented, etc. Space-time is often shown as a 2 dimensional plane


Spatial vortex: Wormhole-like phenomenon, crossing an expanse called 'The Void'. The Void is a 2500 lightyears great expanse, containing no stars. It took USS Voyager 2 years to cross the expanse. Fortunately, they took advantage of the spatial vortex, discovered by Malon Controller Emck.


Starbase: Extensive Starfleet facility which serves for building, maintaining, and resupplying starships, for recreation and exchange of ship crews, for research, for medical supply, as a military base, as a place for interstellar trade and for administration as well as a base of operations for the sector. Starbases are either partially located on a planet surface, huge space stations.


Stardate: The system for time measurement commonly used in the Federation, yielding a continuous date instead of e.g. DD:MM:YY format. The stardate obviously serves as a common standard within the Federation, taking into consideration different day and year durations on different planets that would make such references useless if applied to other planets. As an example, today's Stardate is 66942.3 (Earthdate is 6/11/2389).


Stardrive section: The section of a starship in which Main Engineering and the propulsion systems are located. Also called the Engineering Hull or Engineering section.


Starship: Designation for a large type of space vessel with warp drive. A starship typically consists of more than one deck and has separate departments such as the bridge, engineering or sickbay.


Star streaks: The phenomenon we see of streaks passing by when a ship is at warp. The phenomenon is caused by the light reflecting off the vessel's hull as it approaches the lightspeed barrier, then vanishes once the ship breaks the barrier which appears as a 'flash' or 'twinkle'.


Stasis Field Generator: This device is used in emergencies when a patient cannot be stabilized and requires treatment that is not immediately available. It significantly slows all biological activity within the perimeter of the field, placing the patient in a sort of suspended animation. The patient will not be aware of any passage of time while under the influence of a stasis unit, since the biochemical activity of the patient's brain is effectively halted.


Static warp shell: Symmetrical subspace bubble, often spherical in 3-dimensional perspective. Static warp shells cannot be used for propulsion applications - warp propulsion requires an asymmetrical field.


Stellar fragment: Threatened Moab IV in 2368.


Sub-impulse speed: Another term for sublightspeed. The term 'sub-impulse raider' is used for Bajoran raiders without warp capabilities.


Sub light speed: Speed lower than lightspeed.


Subspace: A domain outside the normal three-dimensional space, rather than another dimension. Effects of mass/energy transition to subspace allow apparent FTL velocities and are used by the warp drive, computer system and subspace radio. According to 'Subspace Field Theory' by the physicist Jason Hinson, subspace is "a continuum that exists in conjunction with our own space-time continuum. Every point in our universe has a corresponding point in subspace. Also, at every point in our universe, subspace has a particular frame of reference."


Subspace barrier: Line that divides subspace and normal space-time.


Subspace compression: Phenomenon caused by differential field-potential values in nearby positions of the same warp field. It causes different parts of an object in a warp field to have different inertial densities, resulting in structural strain on the object. It can even cause subatomic disintegration, tearing an object apart.


Subspace field: Special type of forcefield that extends into subspace and is able to change its structure or geometry. A subspace field facilitates propulsion and signal transfer. The subspace field strength is measured in cochrane units. Above a subspace field stress of 1 cochrane, the subspace field becomes a so-called warp field, allowing FTL travel of starships and signals. Like the definition of subspace itself, the subspace field is better explained by Jason Hinson. According to his theory, a subspace field generator produces a subspace distortion that is counterbalanced by subspace itself, so the actual subspace field is the resulting field of both. The impact of a subspace field is that any mass within the field partially "submerges" into subspace, allowing propulsion of a starship with less energy expense, for instance.


Subspace funnel: Kind of wormhole-like phenomenon. A subspace funnel was formed between the last position of the USS Hera and Marijne VII.


Subspace interphase pocket: Region of space where subspace intrudes normal space-time. A subspace interphase pocket intercepted by the Mekong accidentally removed an expanding proto-universe from its place in 2370.


Subspace inversion: Phenomenon in which the subspace near a wormhole becomes fragmented. The Bajoran wormhole undergoes subspace inversion every 50 years.


Subspace radiation: Form of radiation, apparently emanating from subspace.


Subspace radio: Form of ship-to-ship or interplanetary communication that takes advantage of subspace physics and allows faster-than-light (FTL) signal transmission. The maximum possible velocity of signal propagation is Warp 9.9997, which is significantly faster than any starship. A network of subspace relays within the Federation territory ensures that no signal decay occurs in case of long distance communication. While subspace radio obviously existed when the Romulan Neutral Zone was negotiated in the 2160's, the contemporary U.S.S. Horizon sent a conventional radio signal that arrived about 100 years later, possibly because their subspace radio was damaged an conventional radio was the last communications system they had left.


Subspace resonator: Field-manipulation device that is apparently capable to create warp fields. A subspace resonator was given by the Enterprise-D crew to a disabled Romulan science vessel to make it possible for the ship to return home, although slowly.


Subspace rift: Intrusion of subspace into normal space. Subspace rifts can be formed by cumulative exposure of warp field energy to certain areas of space.


Subspace rupture: Large anomaly that attracts matter into a central vortex, in much the same way as a black hole does.


Subspace sandbar: Location where the barrier between subspace and normal space (subspace barrier) is unstable. This causes subspace distortions which drain energy, and gravimetric forces which immobilize spaceships.


Subspace shockwave: Powerful energy front caused by massive discharges of energy, like in explosions. The explosion of Klingon moon Praxis formed a subspace shockwave, causing severe damage to the Klingon homeworld, as well to the USS Excelsior, who was in the neighborhood at the time. The shockwave severely damaged the ozone layer of Qo'noS and slowly depleted the planet's oxygen reservoir, making life on Qo'noS impossible within 50 years of 2293. The Klingon and Federation scientists found a solution for this in a few years later which allowed life to continue on the planet.


Subspace shunt: Device used by the Kobliad Rao Vantika to gain access to the computers at Deep Space 9. It can be used to bypass security lockouts. The use of this device proves that the computers at Deep Space 9 are subspace-based. The computers on a Galaxy-class starships also do their data transmissions in a subspace flux, thus working with signals at faster-than-light speeds.


Subspace transporter: Transporter type which transfers patterns through the subspace domain. Although their operation range may cover many lightyears and they are able to penetrate shields, subspace transporters are not reliable and therefore not employed by the Federation or other major species. DaiMon Bok used a subspace transporter to get to the Enterprise-D in 2370, and the Enterprise crew managed to modify their transporter to beam Capt. Picard to Bok's ship. It is obvious that this type of transporter can penetrate conventional shields, since they do not extend into subspace.


Subspace vacuole: Short-living wormhole-like phenomenon that linked the Vhnori homeworld to an area of space near a ringed planet in the Delta Quadrant.


Subspace weapon: Weapon whose destructive force is based on the disruption of subspace. Subspace weapons are outlawed by the Federation because of their irreparable damage to subspace, however, the Son'a use such a weapon.


Super conducting plasma: Energy source for the androids in the Delta Quadrant in 2372. The superconducting plasma-supplies of Automated Unit 3947 failed, forcing B'Elanna to replace it with Voyager's warp plasma.


Super light speed: Speed above lightspeed, also known as FTL travel.


Supernova: Star that explodes. Only stars that are approx. 3 times heavier than our sun (Sol) go supernova. Lighter stars go nova. In 2367, a red giant star went supernova when Dr. Timicin tested his helium fusion enhancement technique. In 2373, Voyager's crew were among the few privileged to witness supernovas at the moment of explosion. However, these supernovas were the result of unrest in the Q continuum. In 2387, the Hobus star went Supernova and the resulting blast and shockwave destroyed the Romulan system (Romulus and Remus).


Surgical Support Frames: Surgical Support Frames attach to Bio-Beds providing aid and assistance during surgery and emergency life support. Littered with biosensors, the SSF has a large display of the surgical area.


Synaptizine: Synaptizine was a drug used to treat neuroleptic shock. In 2376, The Doctor used synaptizine on Lieutenant Commander Tuvok to treat the neuroleptic shock he suffered after being attacked by the Ba'neth.


Tachyon detection grid: A network of sensor satellites that transmit tachyon beams to each of the other satellites in the network. Any ship (cloaked or not) passing through the grid would be detected. These grids have been deployed by the Federation along their borders and work in conjunction with standard sensor outposts as an early warning system, picking up any unauthorized vessels crossing into Federation space. In recent years, the Klingons have deployed a tachyon detection grid along the Romulan border and the Romulans have deployed one along the Federation and Klingon borders as well.


Tachyon eddies: Phenomenons of tachyons, which made Sisko's lightsail ship travelling faster than light in 2371.


Tachyons: Any particles that travel faster than light. Predicted in the 20th century by professor Arnold Sommerfeld. General relativity says that anything with positive mass cannot travel at lightspeed or above, because the mass of an object increases when it approaches lightspeed. However, if an object has a negative mass, the mass becomes more negative. Thus, as a tachyon loses energy, it gains speed, and exceeds lightspeed. When it would break the lightspeed barrier, it would give off a radiation known as Cerenkov radiation. This would take energy away from a tachyon and cause it to go faster and faster, continually giving off more and more energy. The lowest velocity of a tachyon is slightly above lightspeed, but it can never go at lightspeed, like normal objects can not travel at lightspeed. This is mathematically acceptable, and is also supported by relativity and quantum mechanics. Tachyons are difficult to measure because they would violate time-order. In other words, two different people in two different places would see one tachyon do two different things, if they could see the tachyon at all. For example, if one person sees a tachyon coming out of a gun, the other person sees the tachyon going into the gun. However, present mathematics and physics allow tachyons to exist under certain circumstances. Tachyons are used at the Borg transwarp conduit. A tachyon beam can be used to scan for cloaked ships. The Swarm in the Delta Quadrant is bounded with tachyon beams.


Tactical Display Unit: In use in various forms since the 2140s, the TDU. allows visual scanning in low light situations. They can be linked to standard tricorder to allow for visual detection of objects and particles that are outside of normal humanoid sight abilities. This unit will relay information from the tricorder to a monocular eye peice that covers the user's eye (typically the right eye). The information presented to the monocular lenses is a direct data-link feed from the tricorder which would be attached to the waist line of the user. In combat conditions, a targeting laser can be attached to the user's weapon. This laser will be represented on the monocular lense as a red crosshair. The tricorder offers no more information than it's setting is capable for. The modern TDU lenses has a slight green tint to it. Other than that it does not hinder the natural vision of the user. The TDU can be used with any Federation Phaser Rifle. It is not standard to use with a type I or type II phaser.


Tanium: Material used in starship hulls. Different forms of tanium include tritanium which the Federation uses in their starship hulls, and a Delta Quadrant race called the Hirogen uses monotanium. In 2364, it is mentioned that quadratanium is used in the construction Data and Lore (and presumably in B4 as well). Duritanium is also used by several species. These mentioned materials are all alloys.


Tantalus field: Weapon used in the mirror universe aboard Kirk's Enterprise. It can make a person appear and disappear with the touch of a button.


Temporal explosion: Massive discharge of energy, disrupting our time continuum. A temporal explosion occurred in the 29th century destroyed the complete Sol system (this was later corrected and the event never occurred).


Temporal incursion: Method of altering history by erasing a target object from space-time in a way that it has never existed. Temporal incursion is equivalent to traveling back in time and removing or destroying the respective object. The Krenim scientist Annorax carried out countless incursions in order to restore the Krenim Imperium.


Temporal rift: Time displacement in the space-time continuum.


Temporal shielding: Starship shielding that prevents chroniton torpedoes from penetrating the ships deflector shields. Invented by the crew of Voyager in a possible or alternative timeline.


Temporal transceiver: Communication device which sends transmissions back or forward through time. A Borg temporal transceiver was used by Kim and Chakotay in an alternate timeline, around 2390, to send a transmission to the Borg interplexing beacon of Seven of Nine. This prevented Voyager from crashing on an class-L ice planet when they were kicked out of slipstream.


Temporal vortex: Connection between two different times within the same universe. It is produced by chroniton emission (chronitons). The Borg used a temporal vortex in 2373, to attempt to alter Earth history.


Terakine: Terakine is an analgesic medication. In 2370, Commander William Riker received 10cc's of terakine to alleviate the pain from a rib broken during bat'leth training with Lt. Commander Worf.


Terraforming: Generic term for technologies employed to convert a uninhabitable planet into an inhabitable Class-M world (within a Star's habitable zone). In 2364, a terraforming project had to be stopped after intelligent life had been detected on a allegedly dead planet.


Tetryons: A tetryon is a subatomic particle that can only exist in subspace environments. Tetryon radiation is a bombardment of these particles. Since these particles are a property of subspace, they become highly energetic and unstable when they are extruded into normal space, which can occur by both natural and artificial means. Tetryons have a random momentum, and thus cannot be tracked by sensors.

In 2369, solanogen-based lifeforms from a tertiary subspace manifold used a stream of spatially inverted tetryons to open a spatial rupture between their native realm and the USS Enterprise-D. This allowed them to abduct several Enterprise crew members for experimentation.

Later that year, Dr. Beverly Crusher investigated the death of Dr. Reyga, a Ferengi scientist. Jo'Bril, a Takaran scientist who piloted the Justman into the star Veytan to test Reyga's metaphasic shield, was supposedly killed after the Justman's shields failed. Crusher wanted to know if Jo'Bril was exposed to a tetryon field inside the shuttle, as it would have left residual traces in his system. Crusher did find traces of tetryons in his system, convincing her that someone sabotaged the shields on the shuttle.

Intense tetryon fields, such as those surrounding the Hekaras Corridor, pose a hazard to spacecraft.

Bombardment with tetryons can render directed-energy weapons inoperative. Jadzia Dax utilized tetryons to disable the weapons of The Albino's troops on Secarus IV in 2370.

In 2370, Odo theorized that a weapon used by Trazko to shoot Quark was tetryon-based, to avoid activating the weapon detection scanners on the Promenade of Deep Space 9. Doctor Bashir noted that this was consistent with Quark's injuries.

The Caretaker used a coherent tetryon beam to scan starships before dragging them to the Delta Quadrant with a displacement wave.

In 2371, Jadzia Dax scanned the area around Deep Space 9 and did not find anything at first. However, after scanning on a lower subspace bandwidth, she discovered low-level tetryon emissions. This was discovered to be a quantum singularity.

Later on, Commander Benjamin Sisko informed Chief Miles O'Brien that sensors had discovered high concentrations of tetryon particles moving towards Deep Space 9. Suddenly, a Cardassian Keldon-class ship decloaked and went into the Bajoran wormhole heading for the Gamma Quadrant.

Later that year, Dax found a sabotage device located in a warp plasma conduit on the USS Defiant. In trying to find out who the saboteur was, Dax said that whoever committed the sabotage would have been exposed to trace elements of tetryon particles.

In 2372, tetryon pulse echoes were used to navigate the highly unstable atmosphere of a gas giant. However, course modifications were required after each pulse in order to avoid detection. This meant that the random momentum to avoid being tracked by sensors was invalid when emitted as a pulse.

In 2373, the infant Changeling given to Odo by Quark was suffering from tetryon radiation.

Later that year, Harry Kim detected a tetryon surge from a Nasari ship and interpreted it as a sign they were about to attack, due to a "hunch" caused by his exposure to a Taresian retrovirus. He was later found to be right, as Nasari particle beam weapons are tetryon-based.

Later that year, USS Voyager traveled through a region of heavy tetryon radiation. Lieutenant Tuvok enhanced the ship's shields to compensate.

The atmosphere inside a Borg cube contains tetryon particles.

In 2375, Captain Jean-Luc Picard took several weapons with him from the USS Enterprise-E before leaving for the Ba'ku homeworld to fight the forced relocation of the Ba'ku, including seven metric tons of ultritium explosives, eight tetryon pulse launchers and ten isomagnetic disintegrators.

The weapons of Qatai's ship are tetryon-based. In 2375, Qatai used them to initiate an electrolytic reaction in a burst of antimatter ejected from Voyager's nacelles. This caused the telepathic pitcher plant to regurgitate both ships.

The Nacene generate power with the use of tetryons.

In 2377, Voyager struck a subspace mine. This lead to the ship being flooded with tetryon radiation, and most of the crew suffering radiation poisoning as a result. With The Doctor only able to stabilize the condition of the crew at best until the radiation could be purged, Captain Janeway was forced to order the ship abandoned. Before leaving, Janeway left The Doctor, as the Emergency Command Hologram, in command of Voyager. The Doctor was eventually able to vent the radiation.

The energy barrier that isolates the territory of the Ventu on Ledos has a distinct tetryon signature. The Borg had previously encountered the technology in Species 312. The barrier left a distinct tetryon flux on debris from a Voyager shuttlecraft that crashed into it in 2378. Seven of Nine was able to construct a tetryon-based signaling device to open the energy barrier briefly from the remains of a class 2 shuttle.


Tertiary subspace manifold: Continuum, part of subspace. Some creatures seen encountered by the Enterprise-D in 2369 exist within a tertiary subspace manifold, a manifold being a term used to describe the form our own universe takes when viewed from a higher (theoretical) dimension. This is also called a deeper level of subspace; another universe which is connected to ours by subspace.


Thalaron radiation: Thalaron is a type of radiation in the tertiary EM band with biogenic properties, able to consume organic matter at the subatomic level. Thalaron's unique properties allow its effective range to expand almost without limit, meaning that only a microscopic amount can be incredibly dangerous. In 2379, the Remans used Thalaron radiation in their coupe of the Romulan Government which allowed Shinzon to rise to the position of Praetor. Starfleet Intelligence believes the Romulans may still be experimentations with Thalaron radiation.


Theragen: Theragen was a chemical compound, initially developed as a nerve gas by the Klingons. In its pure form it was lethal, but when diluted with alcohol it could temporarily deaden certain nerve inputs to the brain, having a calming effect on an insane and/or abnormally enraged person.

A theragen derivative was first used as an effective treatment on the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2268, following an extended interaction with the effects of interphase space. Leonard McCoy, the ship's chief medical officer, discovered how to use the theragen derivative to ameliorate the baneful effects on the crew long enough for the Enterprise to complete her mission. The medicine is now listed in the Starfleet Medical Database.


Thorons: Particles. Thorons are used to treat burnings. The Maquis used thorons to mislead tricorders. Physically, thorons are another name for (radioactive) radon-220 atoms, released by radioactive decay of thorium.


Thrusters: Newtonian starship propulsion system based on chemical reactions, similar to 20th century rocket propulsion. Federation thrusters use hydrazine as fuel. Thrusters are much slower than impulse drive and are used, for example, at docking procedures.


Time dilation: General or special relativistic effect that occurs either in the vicinity of a mass concentration (see black hole, event horizon) or at high relative speeds (see relativistic speed), respectively.


Time travel: Usually any movement through time that is not equivalent to the normal course of time, in particular a person's travel leading to the past or faster as usual to the future. Time travel to the past may be connected with paradoxes or causality loops, if an effect becomes apparent before the cause exists. Traveling at relativistic speeds will allow time travel to the future, however, with no return. A kind of time travel to the past is evident in the case of two correlated photons, when one photon immediately changes to a certain state, once the state of the other photon is determined. This is only possible with an FTL signal transfer or a wave function traveling to the past.


Timeship: Vessel capable of traveling through time generating temporal rifts. The 29th century Federation timeships Aeon and Relativity are part of a Federation institution seeking and preventing manipulations in the timeline. Both of these ships have made appearances in the 24th century.


Time stream: A temporal inversion fold in space time which is spread across the galaxy. Anyone entering the timestream appears in an alternative timeline.


T'Kon outposts: Planets which can travel through space, created by the dead T'Kon Empire. In 2364, the Enterprise-D encountered an outpost called Delphi Ardu.


Torpedo: Starship projectile weapon that exists as a 'box', charged with a high-energetic charge and is used to disable enemy ships. Torpedoes can be fired at warp speed, because torpedoes have a warp-sustaining engine. The Federation uses multiple sorts of torpedoes; photon, quantum, hellfire, tri-cobalt, and transphasic.


Tox Uthat: Device which can halt fusion reactions in a star, making the star die in a nova or supernova. Somewhat similar to the trilithium device of Dr. Soren. Invented by Kal Dano in the 27th century. It was hidden on the planet of Risa in 2366.


Tractor beam: Device used by Federation starships to tow other vessels. Apart from the main emitter and optional auxiliary emitters located around the hull, a small tractor beam emitter is located in each shuttle bay to control the landing procedure. Tractor beams are based on a subspace field assisted emission of gravitons, their direction can be reversed so as to push away an object (repulsor beam).


Trajector: Transporting device used by the Sikarians with a range of 40,000 light years. This device was encountered in 2371 by USS Voyager and was possibly based on space folding.


Transceiver: Long-range communications device.


Translocator: Nyrian device to transport objects or persons across distances as great as 10ly. Nothing more is known about the device, but it may work similar as the subspace transporter.


Transparent Aluminum: An see-through metal that is artificially generated and can withstand tremendous pressure.


Transphasic Torpedo: 'Designed' by the crew of USS Voyager in 2377, the weapon took the existing Hellfire Torpedo technology a step further. Using a small onboard scanner that detects the target vessel's shield modulation and frequency, adapts to it, and allows the torpedo to 'skip' past the shields and detonate within the vessel itself. Protomatter/Tecasite/Trilitheum reaction that's ignited by and reacted upon by antiprotons in it's warhead, these torpedoes incorporate a small Transphasic Torpedos have a 525 isoton yield and range of 3,000,500km when fired from a ship at warp. Starfleet does not acknowledge these weapons were provided to the crew of Voyager from an alternate future.


Transporter: Device that is able to dematerialize, transmit and reassemble an object. Cargo transporters have limited resolution and are employed for transport of inanimate objects. Personnel transporters work on the quantum level and employ Heisenberg compensators to enable secure transport of lifeforms. A transporter room typically consists of an operator console, a transporter platform and an overhead molecular imaging scanner, primary energizing coils and phase transition coils. A pattern buffer with a biofilter is located on the deck below. The outer hull of a starship incorporates a number of emitter pads for the transporter beam. A typical transport sequence for the beam-down of a person begins with a coordinate lock during which the destination is verified and programmed. Next, the lifeform to be beamed is scanned on the quantum level and simultaneously converted to a matter stream. This process is determined by an annular confinement beam (ACB). The matter stream is briefly stored in the pattern buffer tank and then transmitted through an emitter pad. Finally, the person is reassembled at the destination. Transporters cannot be used while the deflector shields of the ship are active. Transport at warp velocities is possible, as long as both starships travel at exactly the same warp factor. Smaller relative motions can be compensated by a Doppler compensator. While the normal recommended transportation range is 40,000 km, it can be assumed that under ideal conditions, in particular if two transporter systems are involved, this range can be extended to some extent. Engineers remind us that, "The transporter definitely uses the person's (or object's) own matter and transmits it over a jacketed beam. While it uses a lot of the same field manipulation technologies as a replicator, it doesn't replicate the person (or object).


Transporter suspension: Technique which involved suspending the transporter patterns of people, used by the crew of Voyager to hide telepaths for Devore inspection teams (the Devore are a race with a great disaffection of telepaths, banning them out of their society). The patterns of the telepaths were suspended in tanks with contaminated antimatter, which blocked the Devore sensors. Unfortunately, the suspension had a nasty side-effect: cumulative cellular decay. This means that a person can survive only a few suspensions, before dying of cellular decay.


Transtator: Basic device of Federation technologies, including transporters, phasers and communicators.


Transwarp: Fundamentally a generic term for technologies that overcome the limitations of conventional warp drives, in particular an experimental propulsion principle tested with the USS Excelsior NX-2000. The experiment failed, and the Excelsior as well as subsequent ships were equipped with a standard warp drive. Transwarp technology was also used by the Borg who's ships are equipped with transwarp drives which opens a transwarp conduit. The Borg also used a Transwarp Hub that allowed them to deploy their vessels quickly across the Galaxy. The Voth are another race using transwarp.


Transwarp conduit: Transwarp drive used by the Borg. They're like custom-made wormholes that, once created, stay in place and can be used repeatedly. The conduits are opened by broadcasting a tachyon signature which sucks the ship in. The first step is bringing the ship on any speed higher than warp 2, using 'classic' warp drive. Then a subspace field forms. The second step is to emit tachyons, which will open the 'subspace wormhole'. They're beyond the ability of the Federation to create, but the Enterprise-D was able to use them once it recorded the tachyon signature the Borg were using. The crew of Voyager tried to build a transwarp conduit in 2374, but it failed. Transfer through the conduits is said to be 20 times faster than the fastest warp available to Federation science, covering lightyears in a matter of seconds rather than hours - just like a wormhole.


Transwarp speed: Speed higher than achieved by conventional warp. It is said that transwarp speed are speeds above warp 10 (warp factor), but a better approximation of this term is to say that transwarp speeds are all speeds above Federation warp speeds.


Treaty of Algeron: In late 2160 the Romulan War between Earth and The Romulan Star Empire ended with the signing of the Treaty of Algeron. This treaty established what is known as the Romulan Neutral Zone, an area of space approximately one light year across. The treaty was negotiated by sub space radio and stated that entry into the zone by either the Federation or the Romulans would constitute an act of war. Throughout the years, the Neutral Zone has been invaded several times by both sides but diplomacy has prevented conflict. The signing of the treaty also prevented the Federation from developing or using cloaking technology on Federation Starships. This began to change in the early 2370s. With the Dominion becoming a threat, the Romulans 'loaned' a Cloak to the Federation ship USS Defiant for use in the Gamma Quadrant. When the 4th Fleet was formed in 2373, the fleet was charged with not only defending against the Borg, but exploring the hostile areas beyond Klingon and Romulan space in Beta Quadrant, including the ‘Raeyan Sector’. Starfleet requested an amendment to the Treaty of Algeron (Which said the Federation could not use cloaks at all) because of the Borg threat (later the Krazzle threat too) as well as the hostile nature of the area itself. They used the Defiant and cooperation between the two governments over the Romulan Cloak used aboard her for missions in the Gamma Quadrant as a prime example. The Romulans agreed, if, they were given all Stellar Cartography and Astrometerics data learned and Romulan ships were members of the Fleet on an exchange basis. This was agreed to, thus the treaty was amended. However the Romulans wouldn't provide the Federation any cloaks, so the Klingon Empire did. Since the end of war with the Dominion, this section of the treaty has been all but 'thrown out' in the spirit of cooperation with the new alliance and by late 2379, the treaty was again amended and the Neutral Zone abolished. However by 2388, with tensions rising between the Federation/Klingon Alliance and the Romulans and their Typhon Pact allies, the Neutral Zone was re-established, however the Federation reserved the right to equip selected vessels with Cloaks, however they have never been deployed throughout the fleet. The Romulans protested, but did not push the issue.


Trianoline: Trianoline was a medicine used on patients with percussive injuries. In 2371, 0.4 CCs of trianoline was the typical dosage for a patient with a concussion.


Tricobalt device: Explosive device used on the planet Eminiar VII and later adopted for Federation starships. Tricobalt devices seem to be rather old-fashioned, yet efficient weapons, if they are employed to destroy targets with limited or no defense, such as the Cartaker's Array in 2371.


Tricorder: Hand-held sensing, computing, and communication device for use by Starfleet personnel. The tricorder incorporates sensor and computer systems in a miniaturized version with limited capabilities, yet, sufficient for away missions. The current Tricorder design is the TR-600 (Mk11).


Trilithium: Substance used as an explosive. 2371, trilithium is used in a rocket charge by Dr. Soren, stopping all fusion reactions in a star. A trilithium-tekasite-protomatter explosive device was used by a Changline in 2373 in an attempt to destroy the Bajorian Sun. Trilithium is also used in Romulan Plasma Torpedo warheads as well as Federation Transphasic Torpedoes.


Triptacederine: Triptacederine is an analgesic medication. In 2370, Elim Garak used 30 CCs of triptacederine to alleviate the pain caused by his cranial implant, which would usually be enough to anesthetize an Algorian mammoth. During the final stage of his Yarim Fel Syndrome in 2373, Tekeny Ghemor was administered triptacederine to minimize the pain.


Tritanium: Material, alloy of tanium. Used in Federation starship hulls. Tritanium is 21.4 times harder than diamonds.


T Tauri: T Tauri is a very young star, that fluctuates in brightness. It's at a distance of 300 lightyears on Earth. T Tauri has intrigued astronomers since the 20th century. Later, it is discovered it has only one planet. T Tauri is the prototype of a class of young variable stars, and its planetary system is the prototype of a class of planetary systems. T Tauri planetary systems have only one planet and are very rare.


Turbolift: Transportation system within a starship. The turbolift system consists of a network of turboshafts and the single turbolift car (1 per shaft). A turbolift is driven by linear motors. Acceleration up to 10m/s^2 is possible and can be partially compensated for the passengers by damping fields within the car. Propulsion is achieved by powering the stator so as to generate a traveling field.


Tyken's Rift: Rift in the space-time continuum that trapped the Enterprise-D in 2367.


Ultrasonic shower: Personal cleaning system in crew quarters aboard Federation starships, often referred to as just 'Sonic Shower'. Besides ultrasonic showers, old-fashioned bathtubs are usually available as well and old-fashioned showers can be installed too. Ultrasonic cleaning is widely employed in dental laboratories, precision mechanics or semiconductor manufacturing, where a detergent or pure water is employed as the transducer for the ultrasonic vibrations (>20kHz) and also serves to solve and carry away dust or grease particles. In personal showers, low yield forcefields are used for 'detergent'.


Unimatrix shielding: Type of shielding, invented by Lt.Cmdr. Tuvok aboard Voyager, based off Borg Shielding. The Delta Flyer class runabout is equipped with unimatrix shielding.


Universal translator: Computer program employed for communication among persons who speak different languages. The universal translator performs a pattern analysis of an unknown language based on a variety of criteria in order to generate a translation matrix. The UT was first designed and programmed by Hoshi Sato, former Communications Officer aboard the NX-01 Enterprise, a skilled linguist in her own right. The UT is programmed with all known languages and syntax, learning as it hears new languages, allowing it to be quite useful even during first contact missions.


Varon-T disruptor: Weapon used by Kivas Fajo in 2366. It disrupts the body from inside out, making it an extreme painful way to die. Because of this, Varon-T disruptors are banned in the Federation.


Vasokin: Vasokin was an experimental drug which increased blood flow to humanoid organs. Unfortunately, in 22% of studied cases it caused severe damage to the lungs, kidneys, heart, and brain. In 2371, Dr. Julian Bashir administered vasokin to Vedek Bareil in an attempt to save his life.


Verdions: Particles, generated in the cores or surfaces of white dwarf stars. A verdion field was used aboard the Oberth class USS Pegasus to hide the ship from Romulan ships.


Veridium Six: Veridium Six was a lethal poison effective against Klingons. It has no known antidote.

In early 2367, Chancellor K'mpec was poisoned with Veridium Six. The poison slowly built up through small doses introduced into his bloodwine until the level became fatal.


Verteriumcortenide: Material of which the inner and outer surface of both the warp coils and impulse driver coils (impulse drive) are made. Veteriumcortenide produces subspace fields when interacting with plasma. Verteriumcortenide is a composite which consists of verteriumpolysilicate and monocrystalline cortenum. Voyager was forced to mine verterium and cortenum to produce new inner surfaces for the warp coils, which were burnt by a too high plasma temparature of 3,200,000 degrees Kelvin.


Verterons: Particles associated with subspace interactions. Appears to inhibit the formation of subspace fields, damaging or rendering devices which use subspace useless. A verteron mine is used to disable the Flemming, a Ferengi ship, and the Enterprise-D in 2370. Verterons somehow manage to disable all devices which use subspace. Simplest explanation - they inhibit interactions with subspace, causing massive overloads and feedback which damages equipment. Verterons also infest the wormhole near Bajor. Also in 2370, a protouniverse intruding into our own subspace was kept contained by an energy field, but verteron pockets in the wormhole threatened to release it, destroying a runabout and perhaps even the wormhole. Verterons and subspace do not mix well. In 2373, Voyager fires verterons on a weak place in subspace. Verterons would polarize it, causing to open the wormhole that appeared there.


Vinculum: Borg device, serving as central processing unit in Borg ships. It's responsible for the neural links between drones, which forms the Collective. It also searches actively for signs of individuality among Borg drones, wiping it out, bringing order in chaos. The vinculum also identifies Borg drones who left the Collective (like Seven of Nine) and re-assimilate in the Collective by creating a subspace link with the neural implant of the drone. The neural patterns of the drone are then adjusted. The link cannot be severed without chronicle neural damage. The vinculum is hard to de-activate. The vinculum has the ability to re-route its internal circuitry.


VISOR: Acronym for Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement, a device Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge used until 2373 to overcome his blindness. The VISOR was not only sensitive to the visible spectrum, but to a wide range of electromagnetic radiation. By 2373, the VISOR has been replaced by Ocular Implants.


Warp: Form of FTL-travel that is used by many species around the galaxy. It covers 'classic warp', that is used by the Federation, and 'transwarp', that is lot faster and is used by civilizations one step higher than Federation.


Warp 5 speed limit: Speedlimit introduced by the Federation, after the discovery that intensive warp drive use can cause severe damage to space-time, causing subspace to manifest in normal space-time at a macroscopic scale, in 2370. It is discovered that in the Hekaras Corridor, a region of space where warp travel is hindered except for a narrow path, the intense use of warp drives in an already sensitive area can (over time) cause subspace rifts to form, where subspace manifests itself in real space on a macroscopic scale. The speedlimit says that the cruise speed of starships may not exceed warp 5, unless Starfleet Command gives permission to go faster. Since the limit went into effect, new technology has been introduced that eliminates the damage to subspace, allowing ships to freely travel faster then Warp 5 again (2372).


Warp 10 barrier: The upper warp velocity limit. In the warp velocity scale, warp 10 is infinite speed. However, some transwarp drives allow travelling faster than warp 10, thus at infinite speed. Tom Paris travelled at warp 10.0 in mid 2372, which made him remember every part of the universe (5 billion gigaquad of information). As you approach a position on the graph corresponding to warp 10, your power requirements increase astronomically compared to your increase in speed. But you can keep speeding up forever, unlike the light barrier, which keeps you from getting to the speed of light. So the warp 10 barrier is just a barrier of energy. (warp factor)


Warp coil: Toroid or split toroid element that generates a subspace field, when energized by a plasma stream. A set of several warp coils is combined in a warp nacelle. Plasma injectors serve to adjust the activation sequences of the single warp coils in a way that a propulsive, asymmetric warp field is formed. The warp coils are one of the most critical part of the propulsion system.


Warp core: Part of the warp drive in which power is generated through a controlled annihilation of matter and antimatter, also referred to as matter/antimatter reaction chamber (M/ARC). The complete warp power generation system including the warp core, matter and antimatter injectors and constriction elements, is called matter/antimatter reaction assembly (M/ARA). Matter and antimatter stream are combined in the dilithium crystal inside the warp core, resulting in a (warp) plasma stream. A failure of antimatter containment is commonly referred to as warp core breach. In this case antimatter can get in contact with matter, leading to a disastrous explosion that destroys the ship. In case of a containment failure, the warp core offers the possibility of an emergency shutdown. If the shutdown does not work, it is possible to eject the whole M/ARA. It is a quite optimistic assumption that in case of a pending warp core breach there is enough time left to try the emergency shutdown and finally eject the M/ARA and that the remaining time can even be exactly determined. In extreme situations, the breach could be stimulated by the vibrations during the ejection process.


Warp drive: (Continuum Distortion Propulsion Drive) Non-Newtonian propulsion system used by the Federation to travel at speeds higher than lightspeed. A powerful, asymmetric subspace field is established around the ship by the warp nacelles. The field is composed of nested layers, each pushing against the one beyond it. This drives the ship forward, at a speed faster than light. First, matter and antimatter react with each other in the warp core. The annihilation produces very large amounts of high energetic gamma radiation. The radiation then is 'condensed' into a plasma state, which carries the full energy (matter is easier to conduct than radiation). The power transfer conduits transfer the plasma to the nacelles. Injectors feed the plasma into warp field coil segments. The coils generate subspace fields by the interaction of the exotic materials of it (verterium and cortenide) with the plasma. The coils are energized at specific time intervals, creating multiple field layers. This pulses also cause the push of the nested fields, moving the ship forward. The warp field wraps around the ship in a two-lobed bubble, as seen below at warp field. The shape of the ship determines the efficiency of the field, explaining why startships have had a progressively sleeker design. Meanwhile, the subspace field reduces the inertial mass of the ship, aiding in maneuvering. In fact, a small subspace field is kept around the ship at impulse speeds, so the impulse drives have less mass to push around. However, this is only a side effect and is NOT the mechanism used to allow FTL travel. Each of the nested fields couple and decouple from each other at between 0.5 and 0.9c. This decoupling, combined with the special frame subspace provides, causes the ship as a whole to travel at FTL speeds. Warp travel is non-Newtonian. Without a constant influx of energy, the subspace field will decay, and the ship will drop out of warp. In other words, you must continue to provide energy to maintain your warp velocity. Federation warp technology allows ships to reach a maximum speed of approx. warp 9.9 and slightly above.


Warp factor: Figure that describes the speed of a ship or signal traveling faster than light. In the 23rd century, the warp factor WF was calculated as follows: WF=(v/c)^1/3, where the speed of the signal or starship, c=3*10^8m/s the light speed and ^1/3 denotes the cubic root. At Warp 1, a starship reaches c, at Warp 6 it reaches 216c. In the 24th century, a term was added to the above equation that caused the speed to be infinite at Warp 10. The ratio v/c at a given warp factor is equal to the corresponding cochrane value that describes the subspace distortion. The recalibration, however, must not be mistaken as a speed limit. At Warp 9, the speed is 729c for the old and 1516c for the new scale. Above Warp 9, the two scales diverge significantly, and the old Warp 10 speed is 1000c, whereas it is infinite for the new warp table. While apparent speed and cochrane value continuously increase with the warp factor, the power expenditure exhibits remarkable peaks at each full warp factor. Explaining these peak transitional thresholds leads to a reasonable definition of the old as well as of the new warp scale.
warp factor       velocity(c)           comment
   1                           1                    Speed of light
   2                         10
   3                         39
   4                        102
   5                        214                    Federation speed limit (2370-72)
   6                        392
   7                        656                    Cruising speed of standard Galaxy Class
   8                      1024
   9                      1516                    Maximum speed Class 8 and 9 probes
   9.2                   1649                    Maximum cruising speed of the standard Galaxy Class
   9.6                   1909                    Maximum speed of standard Galaxy Class
  9.9                    3053
  9.975                6667                    Maximum of Intrepid Class
  9.99                 7912
  9.9997          198696                    Subspace communications speed
  9.9999          199516                    Subspace communications speed, maximum boosted and relayed
  10                 infinite   


Warp field: Subspace field with a subspace distortion of at least 1 cochrane. A starship enveloped by a warp field is able to travel faster than light, without relativistic limits being violated. The asymmetrical warp field used by Federation starships is propulsive itself without an additional exhaustion necessary. This is accomplished by sequentially activating the warp coils. A symmetrical, non-propulsive warp field is used for 24th century starship computer cores, where it allows FTL travel of electrons or photons within the field limits. A warp field does not seem to be much different from a subspace field, and the transition from one to the other is continuous, as is indicated by the energy vs. warp factor diagram. A warp field couples the frame of reference of everything inside the warp field to the frame of reference of subspace. This becomes true regardless of what the frame of reference of the ship would be without the warp field there (i.e. it is true regardless of the actual speed of the ship with respect to subspace). Thus, while the warp field is active, the ship's frame of reference remains the frame of reference of subspace and is not dependent on the ships speed. This is what places the ship outside of the realm of relativity and allows it to travel faster than light without gross violations of causality.


Warp nacelle: Part of the warp drive that holds the warp coils, plasma conduits and injectors, usually in a separate housing. Almost all Federation starships employ an even number of nacelles, arranged symmetrically to the longitudinal axis. While most vessels have two nacelles, a number of starships (for instance Constellation class, Cheyenne class, Europa, and the USS Prometheus) are equipped with four of them. The Freedom class, on the other hand, is one of the very few ship classes with a single nacelle and the Galaxy Refit and Sovereign Refit classes sport three. Support pylons connect the nacelles to the ship's hull and supply the warp coils with plasma through power transfer conduits (PTC). Usually, a Bussard collector is attached to the front end of each warp nacelle. Romulans and Klingons use warp nacelles similar to the Federation type. Ships with two warp nacelles look much better than those with only one nacelle, yet, there is a more technical explanation for this design rule. An even number of nacelles symmetrical to the ship's centerline obviously serves for better stability and maneuverability. With such a configuration the ship's flight path can easily be changed or corrected through different firing
sequences for the two sets of warp coils, thereby generating an angular momentum (the ship's "rudder"). This does not work well with a single, symmetrical nacelle, where only the plasma stream can be regulated in order to steer the ship. Warp nacelles are usually not directly attached to the engineering hull so as to provide an optimum shape of the warp field. The blue glowing in the warp nacelle's centerline could be attributed to excess energy flowing back from subspace which potentially replenishes the warp plasma. Besides, the plasma glowing can be used to distinguish the ships of the various civilizations: Federation - blue, Romulans - green, Klingons - red, Cardassians and Krazzle - yellow, Ferengi - orange, Dominion - purple.


Warp particles: Are used to open a subspace breach in the event horizon (black hole) of a black hole. The objection has been raised that warp particles have never been mentioned before. However, fields and particles are different ways of looking at the same thing. You can even consider soliton waves (cohesive waves which don't disperse) as being made up of a special soliton particle, or sound to be carried by a 'phonon' particle, and it makes some calculations much easier than considering the wave or field classically. Quantum mechanics says that for things like photons, electrons, Higgs bosons, etc, the particle/wave/field distinction is pretty much meaningless. So 'warp particles' could refer to the specific particles making up a warp field, or the entire class of particles which partake in subspace reactions (tetryons, verterons, etc).


Warp propulsion system: Propulsion system of starships that allows faster-than-light (FTL) travel, also referred to as warp drive. The main components of a Federation warp propulsion system are matter and antimatter storage, injectors, constriction segments, warp core (M/ARC), warp plasma conduits (power transfer conduits, PTC) and warp coils. The controlled annihilation of antimatter and matter inside a dilithium crystal in the warp core generates the energy necessary for a warp field and also supplies most of the ship's systems. The propulsive warp field is generated by the warp coils. The warp drive was first successfully tested by Zefram Cochrane in 2063, however, other civilizations such as the Vulcans had discovered warp drive a long time before. Warp drive does not compress three-dimensional space with a gravitational field so as to reduce the distance to the
starship's destination. Another view is, a warp field is a forcefield that manipulates subspace to overcome the relativistic limitations, while normal space is not affected.


Warp signature: Specific property of the warp field of a starship. Races are often identified because of their warp signature. Hirogen ships are identified because of their 'dicyclistic warpfield'. Ferengi ships are identified of their single-lobed warp field. Federation starships have double-lobed a warp field. In 2374, Voyager was able to detect the Federation starship Prometheus because of its warp signature.


Warp speed: Speed obtained by warp drive. Warp speed is usually higher than lightspeed. See Warp Factor for more information.


Warp sustainer engine: Propulsion system of a photon, hellfire, quantum, transphasic, and tri-cobalt torpedoes, allowing warp flight for a short period after the launch, if the ship firing them is already at warp speed. Warp sustainer engines can not propel the torpedo into warp, only maintain the firing ship's warp speed for a short time.


Weather net: System that controls and modifies the weather on Federation planets allowing for better weather conditions, and dispersing dangerous storms such as hurricanes and tornados.


Wormhole: Space-time anomaly that connects two points that may be far away from each other within normal space. Wormholes are either natural phenomena, or they have been constructed by superior lifeforms or accidentally generated because of warp drive malfunctions. Only one stable wormhole is known, leading from the Bajoran system to the Gamma Quadrant, allowing starships to cross the distance of 90,000 LY in an instant. This wormhole has been artificially constructed by supernatural beings whom the Bajorans refer to as Prophets. They are related to black holes.




Yonada: Huge asteroid-like starship world, carries the survivors of the Fabrina nova. In 2269, Yonada went off course, endangering the inhabitants of Daran V. It's 300 kms in diameter. Yonada was built by the Fabrini, and the people on it don't know that they're actually on a spaceship. Priestess Natira ruled this world.


Zero-point energy: Quantum fluctuation effect that is employed to enhance the explosion of Federation quantum torpedoes.