conversion devices that take an object or being and trans-form it into
a pattern of phased energy that can be transmitted as a complex trans-barrier
signal through the first-level subspace (hyperspace) domain to a set of
desired coordinates and then retransformed into its original form. They
employ Heisenberg compensators, pattern buffers, phase transition coils,
biofilters, matter streams, confinement beams, matterenergy converters,
and phased matter. An entity remains conscious during transport and can
be held in stasis. While in transport, you seem whole to yourself.
The "annular confinement beam" locks onto, then disassembles, a subject
into phased matter via the phase transition coils, causing it to take on
an energylike state somewhat akin to plasma, called phased matter. The
matter stream is then fed into the pattern buffer, piped through waveguide
conduits to one of the beam emitters on the hull of the starship, and then
relayed to a point on the ground where the annular confinement beam reconstructs
The annular confinement beam maintains a "lock" on the subject to identify
what to beam out and what to leave behind. The beam also transports the
buffer," a cyclotron-like tank, holds the whirling matrix of phased matter
in the annular confinement beam while the subject is beamed out and beamed
in. It keeps track of the subject's particles in the beam.
"Virtual focus molecular imaging scanners" perform a trace at the quantum
level. The transporter ID trace keeps a verification record of the trace
after transport. This compressed sample also includes the subject's name
and logs of the transport cycle.
phase transition coils perform the quantum matrix manipulation to transform
an object into phased matter in what is known as the "dematerialization
This is what produces the familiar gold "sparkles" of the older-style Federation
transporters and the red-and-blue effects of later Federation systems,
as different dematerialization and phase transition processes were developed.
The Heisenberg Principle states that you cannot know both the location
of a subatomic particle and its direction of motion. This has changed by
the twenty-fourth century. The Heisenberg compensators help keep track
of the particles in the beam by compensating for what is not known.
The biofilters identifies elements of the pattern and erases unwanted particles.
It can be used to filter out unwanted viruses or bacteria and to manipulate
Pattern degradation occurs because annular confinement beams aren't perfect,
even when amplified by Heisenberg compensators. The matter stream shifts
out of alignment. A subject can be suspended in transport for up to 420
seconds before degradation becomes too severe to reform the subject. Locking
the transport controller in a diagnostic loop keeps pattern degradation
to a minimum, but phased-matter ,,bugs" reside in the plasma environment.
Emitter array pads reside at various sites on the surface of the Voyager
"Long range virtual focus molecular imaging scanners" handle remote disassembly
of the subject and facilitate reassembly.
from some books