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Old November 14 2012, 01:12 PM   #10
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Re: Question about ship to ship energy beams

Timo wrote: View Post
There might be other factors weakening the beam at a distance, too. The beam glows in every direction, meaning it loses some energy for each millimeter it travels
If the phaser produce a stream of energized particles, which have a relatively brief half life of only a few seconds, this would be one way of explaining what we're seeing.

The beams would quickly just decay away, and not "roam the galaxy" for eons looking for a target.

If shooting at a target with a longer range, a slightly different particle with a longer half life, and perhaps less striking power, could be emitted.

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