Passive Tachyon Sensors: A 100 Piece of Sci-Fi Minutia
The term Sensors refers to a broad range of devices on a space ship that are used to observe the environment outside the spacecraft. Under the broad umbrella of this concept are scores of devices ranging from a simple alignment of magnets to devices that pull at the fabric of space itself.
The term Tachyon particle refers to a short-lived vectored phenomenon produced by EM radiation in a vacuum. The Tachyon particle moves faster than light, and as it moves it gives off energy before winking out of existence. The Tachyon particle itself cannot be detected, but the energy trail it leaves is measurable. The lifespan of a Tachyon particle is dependent on the power of the EM radiation that created it. Passive Tachyon sensors allow a ship to detect EM events before encountering the EM radiation. With regard to combat, ships with Tachyon sensors have an immeasurable advantage over ships without.
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Tachyons always put me in mind of long-range communication in Battletech. Good memories.
There's a goodly amount of information compressed into the 100 word format, which is nice. It also provides some good flavor to throw in if I ever need some technobabble. So, nice and usable but not really inspiring.
Tachyons, is that how hyper pulse generators are supposed to work? I have read at least seven battletech novels and have at least a battalion in minis and never knew that.
Well, now you've made me dig up my highly taped-up copy of Mechwarrior. And... I can't find the reference I've been so positive was in there. Only some vague mention of operating on the same principles as the Kearney-Fuchida drive. Hmm, maybe I mixed it up from some other system I was playing at the time. Silly me :P
well I still believe you