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[[Image:Warp core TAS.jpg|thumb|''Constitution''-class warp core]]'''Warp core''' is the common designation for the main [[energy]] reactor powering the [[propulsion]] system on [[warp]]-capable [[starships]]. During the [[22nd century]], '''warp reactors''' aboard [[NX class|''NX''-class]] starships were technically known as the "Gravimetric Field Displacement Manifold". ([[ENT]]: "[[Cold Front]]")
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'''Warp core''' is the common designation for the main [[energy]] reactor powering the [[propulsion]] system on [[warp]]-capable [[starships]]. During the [[22nd century]], '''warp reactors''' aboard [[NX class|''NX''-class]] starships were technically known as the "Gravimetric Field Displacement Manifold". ([[ENT]]: "[[Cold Front]]")
   
 
On [[Federation]] starships, the warp core usually consists of a [[matter]]/[[antimatter]] reaction assembly ([[MARA]]) utilizing [[deuterium]] and [[antideuterium]] reacting in a crystal matrix. [[Lithium]] crystals were used until sometime between [[2265]] and [[2266]] when they were replaced with [[dilithium]] crystals.
 
On [[Federation]] starships, the warp core usually consists of a [[matter]]/[[antimatter]] reaction assembly ([[MARA]]) utilizing [[deuterium]] and [[antideuterium]] reacting in a crystal matrix. [[Lithium]] crystals were used until sometime between [[2265]] and [[2266]] when they were replaced with [[dilithium]] crystals.
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The actual [[matter-antimatter reaction]] is in a [[magnetic field]], to prevent uncontrolled contact with matter which cause a massive explosion that would severely damage, often destroy, the ship. As a safety precaution, the core can be physically [[Warp core ejection system|ejected]] from the ship should such a danger be possible and the crew decide it cannot be avoided.
 
The actual [[matter-antimatter reaction]] is in a [[magnetic field]], to prevent uncontrolled contact with matter which cause a massive explosion that would severely damage, often destroy, the ship. As a safety precaution, the core can be physically [[Warp core ejection system|ejected]] from the ship should such a danger be possible and the crew decide it cannot be avoided.
   
The [[antimatter containment]], also protected by magnetic fields, funnels the substance to [[antimatter injector|injector]] coils, which precisely compress and stream the antimatter into the form which enters the [[dilithium articulation frame]]. Deuterium, stored by the ship or attracted by the [[Bussard collector]]s, is funneled in a stream from the opposite [[deuterium injector]]. The molecules enter the lattice matrix of the crystallized dilithium, reacting within it and releaseding a tuned energy stream, which is carried by additional magnetic fields in the form of [[electro-plasma]], a highly energetic [[plasma]] which is carried, by magnetic [[plasma conduit]]s, throughout the [[power transfer]] system. In Federation [[power transfer grids]], this is the electro-plasma distribution network, or [[EPS]], utilizing [[EPS conduit]]s. The most energized stream created is the [[warp plasma]], which exits in twin [[power transfer conduit]]s connected to the warp [[nacelle]]s.
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The [[antimatter containment]], also protected by magnetic fields, funnels the substance to [[antimatter injector|injector]] coils, which precisely compress and stream the antimatter into the form which enters the [[dilithium articulation frame]]. Deuterium, stored by the ship or attracted by the [[Bussard collector]]s, is funneled in a stream from the opposite [[deuterium injector]]. The molecules enter the lattice matrix of the crystallized dilithium, reacting within it and releaseding a tuned energy stream, which is carried by additional magnetic fields in the form of [[electro-plasma]], a highly energetic [[plasma]] which is carried, by magnetic [[plasma conduit]]s, throughout the [[power transfer]] system. In Federation [[power transfer grids]], this is the electro-plasma distribution network, or [[EPS]], utilizing [[EPS conduit]]s. The most energized stream created is the [[warp plasma]], which exits in twin [[power transfer conduit]]s connected to the warp [[nacelle]]s.
   
During the [[23rd century]], dilithium crystals were also used in [[Klingon]] warp reactions to generate energy at sufficient levels to enable warp flight. A difference noticed in the [[24th century]] was that Klingon engines use a [[tritium intermix]] ([[tritium]]/[[antitritium]]) rather than a [[deuterium intermix]].
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Warp Cores on starships leave [[resonance trace]]s, allowing for the ability to track vessels.
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During the [[23rd century]], dilithium crystals were also used in [[Klingon]] warp reactions to generate energy at sufficient levels to enable warp flight. A difference noticed in the [[24th century]] was that Klingon engines use a [[tritium intermix]] ([[tritium]]/[[antitritium]]) rather than a [[deuterium intermix]].
   
 
On [[Romulan]] starships, a different approach is used; an [[artificial quantum singularity]] in the warp core is used to harness the energy necessary to power warp flight.
 
On [[Romulan]] starships, a different approach is used; an [[artificial quantum singularity]] in the warp core is used to harness the energy necessary to power warp flight.
 
Warp Cores on starships leave [[resonance trace]]s, allowing for the ability to track vessels.
 
   
 
In [[2369]], [[Quark]] and [[Barbo]] sold defective warp cores to the [[Tarahongian]]s. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Nagus]]")
 
In [[2369]], [[Quark]] and [[Barbo]] sold defective warp cores to the [[Tarahongian]]s. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Nagus]]")
 
In case of emergency like a possible [[warp core breach]] the warp core can be removed with the [[warp core ejection system|ejection system]]. ([[VOY]]: "[[Cathexis]]"; ''[[Star Trek: Insurrection]]'')
 
   
 
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| align="center" | [[Image:NXWarpCore.jpg|180px|center|The warp core of an NX class starship]]
 
| align="center" | [[Image:NXWarpCore.jpg|180px|center|The warp core of an NX class starship]]
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| align="center" | [[Image:Warp core TAS.jpg|210px|center|The warp core of a Constitution class starship]]
 
| align="center" | [[Image:Constitution Engineering.jpg|245px|center|The warp core of a Constitution class refit starship]]
 
| align="center" | [[Image:Constitution Engineering.jpg|245px|center|The warp core of a Constitution class refit starship]]
| align="center" | [[Image:Forceofnature242 -Geordi realises the effects of warp drive.jpg|150px|center|The warp core of a Galaxy class starship]]
 
 
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| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of an [[NX class]] starship
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of an [[NX class]] starship
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| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Constitution class|''Constitution''-class]] starship
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Constitution class|''Constitution''-class]] refit starship
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Constitution class|''Constitution''-class]] refit starship
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| align="center" | [[Image:USS Hathaway warp core.jpg|150px|center|The warp core of a Constellation class starship]]
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| align="center" | [[Image:Forceofnature242 -Geordi realises the effects of warp drive.jpg|195px|center|The warp core of a Galaxy class starship]]
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| align="center" | [[Image:NovaEngineering.jpg|220px|center|The enhanced warp core of the USS Equinox]]
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| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Constellation class|''Constellation''-class]] starship
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Galaxy class|''Galaxy''-class]] starship
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Galaxy class|''Galaxy''-class]] starship
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| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The enhanced warp core of the [[USS Equinox|USS ''Equinox'']]
 
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| align="center" | [[Image:VoyagerWarpCore.jpg|150px|center|The warp core of an Intrepid class starship]]
 
| align="center" | [[Image:VoyagerWarpCore.jpg|150px|center|The warp core of an Intrepid class starship]]
| align="center" | [[Image:Sovereign Engineering.jpg|250px|center|The warp core of a Sovereign class starship, protected by a [[force field]]]]
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| align="center" | [[Image:Sovereign Warp Core.jpg|250px|center|The warp core of a Sovereign class starship]]
 
| align="center" | [[Image:ArtificialQuantumSingularity.jpg|150px|center|The warp core of a D'deridex class warbird]]
 
| align="center" | [[Image:ArtificialQuantumSingularity.jpg|150px|center|The warp core of a D'deridex class warbird]]
 
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| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of an [[Intrepid class|''Intrpeid''-class]] starship
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of an [[Intrepid class|''Intrpeid''-class]] starship
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Sovereign class|''Sovereign''-class]] starship, protected by a [[force field]]
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| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[Sovereign class|''Sovereign''-class]] starship
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[D'deridex class|''D'deridex''-class]] warbird
 
| class="even" style="text-align: center" | The warp core of a [[D'deridex class|''D'deridex''-class]] warbird
 
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[[de:Warpkern]]
 
[[Category:Starship components]]
 
[[Category:Starship components]]

Revision as of 21:52, January 3, 2006

Warp core is the common designation for the main energy reactor powering the propulsion system on warp-capable starships. During the 22nd century, warp reactors aboard NX-class starships were technically known as the "Gravimetric Field Displacement Manifold". (ENT: "Cold Front")

On Federation starships, the warp core usually consists of a matter/antimatter reaction assembly (MARA) utilizing deuterium and antideuterium reacting in a crystal matrix. Lithium crystals were used until sometime between 2265 and 2266 when they were replaced with dilithium crystals.

The actual matter-antimatter reaction is in a magnetic field, to prevent uncontrolled contact with matter which cause a massive explosion that would severely damage, often destroy, the ship. As a safety precaution, the core can be physically ejected from the ship should such a danger be possible and the crew decide it cannot be avoided.

The antimatter containment, also protected by magnetic fields, funnels the substance to injector coils, which precisely compress and stream the antimatter into the form which enters the dilithium articulation frame. Deuterium, stored by the ship or attracted by the Bussard collectors, is funneled in a stream from the opposite deuterium injector. The molecules enter the lattice matrix of the crystallized dilithium, reacting within it and releaseding a tuned energy stream, which is carried by additional magnetic fields in the form of electro-plasma, a highly energetic plasma which is carried, by magnetic plasma conduits, throughout the power transfer system. In Federation power transfer grids, this is the electro-plasma distribution network, or EPS, utilizing EPS conduits. The most energized stream created is the warp plasma, which exits in twin power transfer conduits connected to the warp nacelles.

Warp Cores on starships leave resonance traces, allowing for the ability to track vessels.

During the 23rd century, dilithium crystals were also used in Klingon warp reactions to generate energy at sufficient levels to enable warp flight. A difference noticed in the 24th century was that Klingon engines use a tritium intermix (tritium/antitritium) rather than a deuterium intermix.

On Romulan starships, a different approach is used; an artificial quantum singularity in the warp core is used to harness the energy necessary to power warp flight.

In 2369, Quark and Barbo sold defective warp cores to the Tarahongians. (DS9: "The Nagus")

Starship warp cores
Constitution Engineering
The warp core of an NX class starship The warp core of a Constitution-class starship The warp core of a Constitution-class refit starship
USS Hathaway warp core
The warp core of a Constellation-class starship The warp core of a Galaxy-class starship The enhanced warp core of the USS Equinox
VoyagerWarpCore
Sovereign Warp Core
The warp core of an Intrpeid-class starship The warp core of a Sovereign-class starship The warp core of a D'deridex-class warbird
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