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Transporter technology enables the almost instant transfer of personal, cargo and other items over large distances, although this range is limited.
Below is a breakdown of the Transporter system.

Transport Chamber

This is the protected volume within which the subject is de/re-materialised. The chamber platform is elevated above floor level to reduce the possibility of dangerous static discharge.

Operators Console

This is where the Transporter Technician to program the transporter system. The three sliders on the original console have been replaced with three pressure sensitive bars on ships with the modern LCARS system.

Transporter Controller

This dedicated computer subprocessor is located to one side of the transport chamber. It monitors and manages the operation of all the transporter's systems.

Primary Energizing Coils

Located at the top of the transport chamber these coils create the Annular Confinement Beam (ACB) which creates a spatial matrix within which the de/re-materialise process occurs. A secondary field holds the transport subject in the ACB, as a disruption of the ACB during the early stages of dematerialization can result in a massive energy discharge.

Phase Transition Coils

These wideband quark manipulation field devices accomplishes the de/rematerialization process by partially decoupling the binding energy between subatomic particles.

Molecular Imaging Scanners

Each upper pad incorporates 4 redundant sets of 0.0012µ molecular imaging scanners at 90º intervals around the primary pad axis. Each scanner is offset 3.5 arc seconds from the ACB axis, permitting realtime derivation of analogue quantum state data using a series of dedicated Heisenberg compensators. This quantum state data is not used when transporting objects on molecular resolution.

Pattern Buffer

This superconducting tokamak device delays transmission of the matter stream so that the Doppler compensators can correct for relative motion between the emitter array and the target. A single pattern buffer is shared between each pair of transporter chambers. Operating rules require at least one additional pattern buffer to be available in the system for possible emergency shunting. In emergency situautions, the pattern buffer is capable of holding the entire matter stream for up to 420 seconds before pattern degradation occurs.


Normally used only in transport to a ship, this device scans the incoming matter stream looking for patterns corresponding to known viral and bacteriological patterns. Upon detection of such a pattern it is removed from the incoming matter stream.

Targeting Scanners

A set of about 15 of these are located throughout the ship's sensor arrays. These devices determine the transport co-ordinates, including bearing, range and relative velocity.