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Plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter. To be more exact, plasma is an ionized gaseous state, which is commonly seen in an electrical arc. Plasma was the main energy medium used to channel power to systems via EPS conduits in almost all starships. A plasma relay technician was responsible for rerouting plasma to systems to which they were not currently allocated. (VOY: "Good Shepherd")
In physics, studies of plasma included plasma dynamics and plasma physics. (TNG: "Peak Performance", "True Q") Individuals who specialized in these fields, and more, include plasma specialists and EPS control specialists. (TNG: "The Game"; ENT: "The Forgotten")
History and use Edit
In 2032, John Kelly's Ares IV command module was equipped with an ion distributor, a primitive form of an EPS conduit, which could be adapted for use with the warp plasma from the Delta Flyer. (VOY: "One Small Step")
Typically, warp drive capable civilizations used super-energized "electro-plasma" in their power transfer systems, EPS for short. The electro-plasma was used as both warp plasma for the engines and was also converted into standard electrical energy when fed off an EPS tap. Federation EPSes were designed around matter-antimatter reaction assemblies (usually warp cores) or fusion reactors (sometimes the impulse reactors). Besides the large warp plasma conduits, there were smaller plasma conduits, with EPS couplings that transferred power as electricity to all subsystems connected to the power transfer grid. If a plasma conduit or EPS tap ruptured, the contents could set off a plasma fire. (ENT: "The Forgotten"; VOY: "Investigations")
Aboard the Galaxy-class USS Enterprise-D, in the Engineering Systems Database, there was a folder named "High Energy Plasma Constriction". This folder contained technical manuals relevant to the topic. (TNG: "Booby Trap", okudagram)
Plasma could be stored in plasma canisters or plasma infusers for mobile use, and was used in plasma torches and plasma weapons (such as plasma charges, plasma waves, plasma rifles, and plasma torpedoes). It could also be found naturally occurring, such as the energetic anomalies found in plasma storms and plasma fields. The Badlands were one such example of both anomalies. (VOY: "Caretaker")
Plasma could also pose a threat, such as in the form of a plasma surge.
See also Edit
- Plasma burn
- Plasma field
- Plasmic fiber
- Plasma network
- Plasma phaser
- Plasma weapon
- Plasma torch
- Plasma torpedo
- Plasma extinguisher
- Tricyclic plasma drive
|Phases of matter|
|Gas • Liquid • Plasma • Solid|