Memory Alpha

Polaric modulator

41,940pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Discuss0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Polaric modulator

Tom Paris with a polaric modulator

A polaric modulator was a device capable of diluting a particle stream.

In 2374, USS Voyager helmsman Tom Paris conceived of the idea of using a polaric modulator to overcome the instability of a coaxial warp drive. Drawing inspiration from a carburetor, a 20th century device used to supply an automobile's engine with a mixture of vaporized fuel and air, Paris realized that a modulator could perform much the same function with a coaxial drive, diluting the particle stream being drawn into the drive, thereby solving the problem of engine overload caused by particle instability.

When a hostile alien later attempted to escape aboard a Starfleet shuttlecraft which had been installed with a coaxial drive, Paris was able to target the modulator with a chromoelectric pulse, disrupting the shuttle's engines and preventing the alien's escape. (VOY: "Vis à Vis")

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki