Plasma Injection System

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The plasma injection system is a series of plasma injectors and control systems located at the terminus of each of the Power Transfer Conduits in each of the Warp Nacelles. When operating under normal operating conditions the injectors fire sequentially starting with the forward most injectors moving to the aft most injector. Also, the frequency at which the injectors fire along with the amount of time the injectors remain open allowing plasma to pass through to the Warp Coils is also variable. By varying these factors the warp field can be produced in the most efficient manner for the current operating conditions of the ship and the surrounding interstellar medium.

There is one injector for each of the Warp Field Coils and the injectors may be fired in variable sequences depending on the warp flight function being executed. When operating under normal operating conditions the injectors fire sequentially starting with the forward most injector moving aft to the aft most injector.

The injectors are constructed of arkenium duranide and single-crystal ferrocrbonite, with magnetic constriction toroids of nalgetium serrate. Control inputs and feedback are handled by twelve redundant links to the Optical Data Network. There can be small discrepancies between the computer and injectors exist during any initial startup of the coils or change in warp factors. These discrepancies will be smoothed out by predictive phase-synchronization software routines.

The injector’s open close cycle is variable from 25ns to 50ns. Each firing of an injector exposes its corresponding coil to a burst of energy to be converted into the warp filed. At warp factors 1 through 4, the injectors fire at low frequencies, between 30Hz through 40Hz and remains open for short periods, between 25ns and 30ns. At warp factors 5 through 7 the injectors fire at frequencies between 40Hz through 50Hz, and remain open for longer periods of 30ns through 40ns. At warp factors 8 through 9.9 the injectors fire at frequencies between 40Hz through 50Hz, but there is a tail off of the injector cycle time due to limitations of residual charges in the magnetic valves, potential conflict with energy frequencies form the Warp Core and input and feedback control reliability. The longest safe cycle time for high warp is 53ns.