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A baryon is a subatomic particle, a hadron (a group of elementary particles that experience strong nuclear force) with a non-integer spin. Baryons accumulated aboard starships as a result of warp travel. They could be removed at facilities that performed baryon sweeps, a procedure lethal to organic material.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard was trapped aboard the USS Enterprise-D during a baryon sweep at the Remmler Array in 2369. (TNG: "Starship Mine")

When Quinn transported the USS Voyager from 2372 to just before the Big Bang, a build-up of baryonic particles was detected outside. (VOY: "Death Wish")

The first draft script of "Death Wish" contained a reference to protomatter, rather than referencing baryonic particles.


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Baryons are heavy subatomic particles, including protons and neutrons. As almost all normal matter in the universe contain these particles, a process which eliminates baryons wouldn't leave much behind. We can assume that the baryon sweep refers to a specific type of heavy subatomic particle created by the subspace field of warp drive, rather than the entire family of them. A baryon sweep would thus indeed be dangerous to organic matter, for the reason stated above.

Michael Okuda and Rick Sternbach suggested that a "baryon field unifier" could be used to detect the Bajoran wormhole in a line cut from DS9: "Emissary". Michael Piller used "field density compensator" instead. The line was retained in the novelization of Emissary. (The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

A boson is a class of particle which was read out on a starship's sensor readings of subspace particle emissions.

Bosons were among the particles listed in the computer's sub-space emission scan read out on the bridge station viewscreens of USS Voyager. (Star Trek: Voyager video playback set artwork)

Nanopolymers might be enriched with bosons, rendering them brown and sticky. (PIC: "Maps and Legends")

Some varieties of bosons include:

The "sub-space emission scan 247" screen was a computer graphic artwork played continuously on some monitors on the set of Star Trek: Voyager, aboard Voyager and probably many other starships of the same era. The screen is reproduced legibly in Stephen Edward Poe's A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager companion book.

Electrons are subatomic particles that orbit the nuclei of atoms.

Most atoms contain an equal number of electrons and protons; if not, then the atom has a net charge and is known as an ion. Electrons have a negative electric charge and a mass many orders of magnitude smaller than protons and neutrons – the two other principal particles of which atoms are comprised. The antimatter equivalent of an electron is a positron.

In 2367, a telepathic message communicated to Counselor Troi contained the phrase, "One moon circles." Upon further investigation, with the assistance of Data, the USS Enterprise-D crew determined the phrase analogously referred to the hydrogen atom, in which "one electron circles one proton." (TNG: "Night Terrors")

Chlorophyll gives off high-energy electrons that are picked up by other molecules, as Julian Bashir told Goran'Agar in 2372, which gave Chief Miles O'Brien time to create a plasma charge. (DS9: "Hippocratic Oath")

In an ultimately discarded line of dialogue from the final draft script of TOS: "Court Martial", Captain James T. Kirk stated that acquiring electron readings in abnormal conditions, such as ion storms, was one of the USS Enterprise's missions, and that doing so was only possible by "direct exposure on ion-sensitive plates" on the "skin" of the starship.

A meson is a sub-atomic, non-elementary particle composed of a quark and an anti-quark.

All mesons are unstable and fluctuations in the meson field were observed at the terminus of the Barzan wormhole, creating instability in the wormhole and causing its terminus to shift between the Delta Quadrant and the Denkiri Arm of the Gamma Quadrant. (TNG: "The Price")

While scanning for the crash landed runabout USS Yangtzee Kiang in the Gamma Quadrant, Lieutenant Jadzia Dax noted that the warp eddy had traces of meson particle emissions, which made it a Starfleet power reactor. (DS9: "Battle Lines")

According to the script for "Battle Lines", meson was pronounced as "MAY-zon". [1]
Michael Okuda and Rick Sternbach suggested that a "meson wave collimator" could be used to detect the Bajoran wormhole in a line cut from DS9: "Emissary". Michael Piller used "field density compensator" instead. The line was retained in the novelization of Emissary. (The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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