1. King Bob

    King Bob Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    Was wondering if Lithium was what caused Delta Radiation and that was why Starfleet switched over to Dilithium? Yes this question discounts the use of Dilithium in Enterprise.

    Essentially, was Dilithium a more stable version of Lithium?
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2014
  2. Shik

    Shik Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 2, 2014
    It's the 3 most important things in business.
    Nah, Starfleet engineers were just pissed because medical staff kept raiding the engines to treat crew psychoses.
  3. Bloody Green Shirt

    Bloody Green Shirt Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 1, 2005
    Green Shirt
    It might be more stable as a power source, but not necessarily safer. Didn't trilithium have toxic properties?
  4. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 20, 2009
    Always figured that 'lithium and dilithium was the exact same thing, just that 'lithium was a slang expression.

  5. He's Dead - Mix

    He's Dead - Mix Clean Old Mod Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    Somewhere in Connecticut
    Okay, somebody has to do it....

  6. Push The Button

    Push The Button Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 21, 2013
    Smithfield, Rhode Island USA
    Thanks Mixer, that made my day.

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  7. Robert Comsol

    Robert Comsol Commodore Commodore

    Sep 10, 2012
    USS Berlin
    Lithium is a substance known to our science and has defined properties. I started a thread about its use and definition in TOS some while ago.

    For "Where No Man Has Gone Before" I think Sam Peeples had lithium (as in "nuclear fusion") in mind, but the continued use in "Mudd's Women" was a production error they realized and thus fixed it by referring to "dilithium" instead.

  8. Kemtrail

    Kemtrail Admiral Admiral

    Dec 23, 2004
    I wrote a warp drive evolution article years ago, and speculated that the Lithium used on the Constitution Class was a nano-tubule lattice work engineered on an incredibly small scale to form the same electromagnetic "tunnels" in the crystal for matter/antimatter to permiate.

    Cheaper, easier to produce, Lithium being highly abundant and maybe better in being engineered from scratch rather than the randomness of a natural crystal.

    But that over time, as we see in TOS, they burnt out a lot faster or cracked a lot more easily. Essentially an experiment into a manufactered replacement for Dilithium that never really worked out.