Thread: TOS Phasers
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Old February 16 2013, 07:54 AM   #46
Estraven
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Re: TOS Phasers

I once read a short story from the 50s or 60s where a alien salesman sells his technology on Earth before finding out the planet was under an embargo of sorts. One of the things he sold was an "eraser", which converted matter into neutrinos. Considering that the amount of energy released on vaporizing the water in a human body is about 160 MegaJoules (maybe 160 hand grenades worth), perhaps the "phasing" is done at the subnuclear level, converting baryons and whatever else into something whose energy would leave no obvious effects. Perhaps this is why "vaporizing" someone could be detected by ship sensors in ST VI; a neutrino source usually indicates a nuclear or other high energy phenomena that needs monitoring.
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