Thaser

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Name Thaser
Type Beam Weapon
Introduced 2398
Affiliation Federation
TechStatus UCIP Canon
Contributor Czarr Rom



"Thasers" or (THoron Amplifications by Simulated Emmisions of Radiation) beam weaponry has been seen, by some, as a throw back to the days when SF vessels were equipped with lasers and particle beam weaponry. The banks have been compared by some to be 'a surgeon`s axe in a day of scalpels'. Critics were soon silenced when they proved their effectiveness during the Ulnan War, slicing through the otherwise seemingly invulnerable shields of the Ulnan heavy cruisers.

Starfleet originally embarked on this project in 2396, after the culmination of a fruitless 5 year research project into the possibility of shield-disruptive phasers. It was determined that phasers have reached the end of their usefulness when it comes to adaptability; only their power and focus can be improved on. Jack Dean, the CEO of the company, ordered a 18 month crash program, no expenses spared to find shield-disruptive weapons technolgy.

For 6 months things seemed hopeless, until one day an ensign accidently left a piece of thorium from sickbay next to a forcefield projector. His superior officer was about to report him for the incident when he noticed the forcefield`s effectiveness had dropped .7%. Upon moving the thorium away, it returned to full. The ensign was quickly promoted to Lt, and placed in charge of a team to uncover what was causing it.

In late 2397 they succeeded in isolating the disruptive component: Thoron particles, radon-222 ions given off by the natural decomposition of thorium. Doctors had been using the ions for nearly 70 yrs to treat cancer and various other diseases, and criminals knew that a thoron field disrupted sensors. It appeared that the particles interfered with a shield grid`s ability to make a standing graviton waveform, decreasing a shield`s effectiveness. From here it was simple, really, to determine the best method of making a weapon.

Using adapted phaser banks borrowed from a decommissioned Miranda class ship, in January 2398 the first thoron beam smashed through a test shield, completely obliterating a target. Further tests were run in an attempt to try to adapt the technology to arrays, but it proved incompatible.


Until recently Thasers implimented a radioactive thorium source which emitted thoron particles. Thoron radiation also adversely affects computer equipment and can harm living matter if the beam is held long enough on the target.

After several complications due to the necessity of carrying large amounts of radioactive material on board a starship in close proximity to the crew a solution was found. Using a nuclear transmutation process prior to stocking the ship the thoron particles are created via a non radioactive source thus eliminating that problem.

Thasers are applicable in 3 methods. Thoron Banks (like individual phaser banks), Thoron Pulse(bolt)Cannons and Thoron Beam Cannons


Thoron Banks

These were the first attempt at the practical application of Thoron technology. They work on the same basic principles as Phaser banks. Thoron isotopes were stored, charged then channled through an emmiter at the target. The problem encountered was the low yeild avalible to adapted Phaser banks due to the limited space avalible which did not allow for the generation of the Thoron Isotope. This venue was abandonded soon after its conception.


Thoron Pulse (Bolt) Cannons

Were an attempt to mimick the Disruptor in its Bolt application. This was the first application where Thoron generators were placed in the weapon platform. It is important to note that the Pulse cannon and the beam cannon are identical except for the final phase.

Stage 1- Collection This is actually a process that occurs all the time; thoron particles are gathered from the refined thorium pile that is placed at the beginning of the linac. A initial storage amount is built up, then continually replenished; enough shots for around 20 beams to start with, maximum of 100. There`s only so much atoms one can store.

Stage 2- Ionization and cyclotronic acceleration Prior to injecton into the synchrocyclotron, a mesoenergy electron beam ionizes the thoron atoms, enabling them to be accelerated. Then they are drawn into the SCT, to be bumped up to about 2 MeV via two 'Dee'`s; magnets shaped like a D that guide the beam, and radio frequency cavities to give an additional boost in power. Then the beam becomes too powerful to be held by the size of the SCT(around 5 meters), and they`re passed to the next stage.

Stage 3- Linac-based acceleration Standard acceleration techniques; with the superconducting materials available to the 25th century, plus smaller acceleration 'gaps'. High-temp superconducting magnets plus microwave-level radio frequency gaps provide a higher yeild. The energy by the end of this is around 2 GeV, higher than most phaser beams.

Stage 4- Crystal collection and pulse generation. A Dilithium / fushigi-no-umi matrix is used to collect the charged thoron particles, they are then cycled into a coherant group and finnaly emmited on a linear vector in the form of a Pulse or Bolt.

The Pulse Cannon was also abandoned due to the inherently short exposure time. For Phasers and Disruptors this is an advantage since in a short time a lot of energy is transfered but with Thasers a more prolonged exposure is necissary for optimal efficency.

Thaser Pulse Cannons are currently Not being employed on Federation ships.


Linear Thoron Beam Cannon

This is the current version of thaser technology; thoron banks, thoron pulse cannon..neither can compete. Banks due to the power, cannon due to the short firing time. The cannon is mounted on the ship in much the same fashion as the Galaxy "B" refit (from All Good Things) and requires 4 stages to complete beam formation, a total time about 2 seconds.

Stage 1- Collection This is actually a process that occurs all the time; thoron particles are gathered from the refined thorium pile that is placed at the beginning of the linac. A initial storage amount is built up, then continually replenished; enough shots for around 20 beams to start with, maximum of 100. There`s only so much atoms one can store.

Stage 2- Ionization and cyclotronic acceleration Prior to injecton into the synchrocyclotron, a mesoenergy electron beam ionizes the thoron atoms, enabling them to be accelerated. Then they are drawn into the SCT, to be bumped up to about 2 MeV via two 'Dee'`s; magnets shaped like a D that guide the beam, and radio frequency cavities to give an additional boost in power. Then the beam becomes too powerful to be held by the size of the SCT(around 5 meters), and they`re passed to the next stage.

Stage 3- Linac-based acceleration Standard acceleration techniques; with the superconducting materials available to the 25th century, plus smaller acceleration 'gaps'. High-temp superconducting magnets plus microwave-level radio frequency gaps provide a higher kick for the buck..hey, ye got 25000 TW of power, can afford the best. The energy by the end of this is around 2 GeV, higher than most phaser beams.

Stage 4- Lens Focusing and Graviton Field generation Next step is basically magnetic lens shaping, to ensure a coherent beam for the final stage. Also, in this stage borrowed deflector dish technology, at a slightly smaller scale and power, generates a powerful subspace\gravimetric field distortion that accompanies the beam, preventing it from losing collimation or being affected by local gravitational and magnetic fields like most particle-beam weapons.


Thasers are an Anti-Shield weapon. They are installed on ships durring massive overhauls and take up the space normally used for Phaser banks. As such, Ships that are fit with Thasers lose the corresponding number of Phaser segments.

The Thaser is Not indended to be a Primary weapon. It is a supplimentary single role offensive weapon intended, designed and applied for the sole purpose of disrupting shield operation.