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Laser cannon

Starfleet laser cannon (2254)

Noahs Laser

Hippocrates Noah's laser

A laser is a directed-energy technology utilizing a beam of light in which all wavelengths are equal and all particles are in phase with one another. Due to this, the photon's motion is almost parallel, which allows the beam to travel over a great distance with very little increase of the beam's square area, and therefore with little loss of energy per area. Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers have a variety of uses in medicine, computers, mining and power generation, such as fusion reactors.

In 1996, both Rain Robinson and Porter mistook phaser weapons for lasers. (VOY: "Future's End", "Future's End, Part II")

Some of the first lasers constructed operated by passing light through natural crystals. These "ancient lasers" then achieved a necessary excitation and emitted a laser beam. Rubindium crystals were capable of producing a laser beam, even with only a low source of light. (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

An industrial laser cannon was used by the laborers of the Orpheus Mining Colony on Luna in 2155. (ENT: "Demons")

A laser beacon was part of the Starfleet equipment issued aboard the USS Enterprise. Lieutenant DeSalle used the laser beacon to attempt to signal the ship visually from the surface of Gothos. (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")

A nanopulse laser was an exotic piece of equipment owned by Andromedan androids who aided Harry Mudd in capturing the Enterprise. (TOS: "I, Mudd")

A tri-laser connector was a type of Eymorg tool used by Doctor McCoy when he reconnected Spock's brain in 2269. (TOS: "Spock's Brain")

Laser weapons also exist, such as the advanced laser pistols and laser cannons used by Starfleet in the 2250s, and the high-energy X-ray lasers mounted aboard Talarian warships. (TOS: "The Cage"; TNG: "Suddenly Human")

According to Lt. Sulu in 2269, the laser weapons the Federation possessed were a more advanced model then the laser setting of the Slaver weapon, and that their laser was more powerful for the last century. (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")

The Altec used laser weapons on their ships and once targeted them on the Enterprise-D in an attempt to acquire the Straleb Jewel of Thesia and Thadiun Okona. Picard noted that such lasers would not even penetrate their navigation shields. (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

When Doctor Julian Bashir introduced the game of darts at Quark's Bar, Grill, Gaming House and Holosuite Arcade, Quark didn't understand its appeal because it didn't include anything like lasers or holograms. (DS9: "Visionary")

In the Julian Bashir, Secret Agent holoprogram, Hippocrates Noah deploys earthquake-causing lasers around the Earth. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

Pulse lasers were used as weapons by the Lysian Central Command. Like other laser devices, pulse lasers were not considered very powerful by 24th century Federation standards. (TNG: "Conundrum")

Zefram Cochrane told Commander Riker that he had a hangover either of the whiskey he drunk or because of Riker's laser beam, talking about Riker's phaser. (Star Trek: First Contact)

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The McDonald's video communicator comic "Votec's Freedom" suggests that Starfleet continued to refine laser technology into the 2270s, as Spock cuts a prisoner's chains with his "new ultra laser".

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