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Added more info. Pictures?Edit

I have added some more information to this page, I hope it helps make it less of a stub and more complete. Apart from that, this page has, in my opinion, enough references to episodes and situations to describe most force field applications. I'm sure there are more somewhere... lol. zsingaya 13:42, 27 Jan 2005 (CET)

Should this page have some pictures on it? zsingaya 02:25, 1 Apr 2005 (EST)

Personnel force fieldsEdit

In DS9's "Homefront", Leyton mentioned the use of personnel force fields, presumably similar to the one Worf made in TNG, but apparently it was in production by 2372. I didn't see it mentioned in the article.

Featured votesEdit

  • Force field. This article has been expanded extensively over the past few weeks, and by me over the past few days. I believe its got what it takes to become featured. zsingaya 21:15, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Dax reference Edit

In the episode of DS9: "Dax" when Lieutenant Dax is been kidnapped by the Klaestrons, Kira trys to stop using, and I hope this spelled right, Kateran Force fields. Is this a variation of a regular forcefield or a different technology altogether.

KIRA
Isolating with cadderon force fields.
(from the script, i think it might mean a subatomic particle of some type, but who knows?--Captain Mike K. Barteltalk

I removed this passage:

" the crew of the Enteprise-D encountered the Echo Papa 607 weapon, on Minos. One of the weapon's special features is the ability to encase a target in a bubble force field. (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")"

Actually, after re-reading the script, the weapon actually produces a shell of lucinium around Commander Riker, rather than a force-field. Zsingaya Talk 20:14, 26 Nov 2005 (UTC)

  • I re-added this information, because after watching the episode again, the weapon does produce a force field, and there's no mention of lucinium. Zsingaya Talk 21:36, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Get real Edit

"The Inertial dampning systems consist of a network of force fields that continually adapt and compensate for the inertial effects of interstellar travel. They are almost entirely controlled by the ship's computer, which allows for instant fine adjustment of these fields' geometries, and to even anticipate resultant forces from the engines."

This doesn't make even a slight hypothetical fictional sense...I suggest removing it. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 80.230.59.207 (talk).

  • Is/was this even cited from something? --Alan del Beccio 19:10, 2 Jan 2006 (UTC)
    • Yep, I found it in the TNG Tech Manual. The text differs, if not it would be a copyvio, but the content tells about the same. -- Q 19:33, 2 Jan 2006 (UTC)
      • Inertia damper cannot be using a force field simply because The Enterprise NX-01 has already travelling at warp speed while EM force field is still in experimental phase (Vox Sola) The preceding unsigned comment was added by 202.73.114.22 (talk).
        • This is a very good point, and would seem to directly contradict what was stated in the Tech Manual. According to MA:Canon, information from the Tech Manuals should be specifically formatted as background information--especially so in instances such as this where it contradicts canon. Thus, I'd suggest that this section be removed. -Mdettweiler 15:08, 17 August 2009 (UTC)
        • After having forgotten about this for a while, I noticed it again just now, and removed the section on inertial dampers since no objections have been raised to this. -Mdettweiler 04:10, November 24, 2009 (UTC)

Just a thought Edit

The reference on force field doesn't explain why sound can go through the force field but not other energy such as laser emitted by a phaser gun. Can someone give some theory on this?

Forcefields can be configured to selectively deny the passage of only desired forms of matter or energy. Numerous examples of this selective quality exist; the atmospheric containment fields of shuttlebays allow shuttles to leave without decompressing the compartment, Borg drones' shields absorb blasts from most energy weapons, yet allow the drones to interact with solid objects. Configuring shields to permit the passage of sound waves while stopping other things shouldn't be terribly difficult. 67.150.79.64 04:46, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

Forcefields instead of windows on Ent-E?! Edit

I don't remember this at all and it seems damned hard to believe. Is the writer referring to the scene with Lily looking out at Earth? If so, that seemed to have been a cargo/shuttle bay of some sort IIRC, which always have space doors. - Montrealais 07:09, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

Actually, it was in Picard's ready room (or was it his quarters?), and the scene goes: : "There's no window."
(Picard places hand on portal, there is a zap which scares Lily)
Picard: "Force field."
Lily: "I've never seen this kind of technology."
Picard: "That's because it hasn't been invented yet."

Naturally, this kinda goes against wht was seen earlier in the film, with Picard's and Riker's reflections seen clearly in Picard's ready room window, so we can just assume that there are some windows that have forcefields to allow for better observation. --From Andoria with Love 11:03, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

actually, it was a hatchway farther down the ship. and picard had to open the hatch to show lily the earth. presumably the windows on the Ent-E are Transparent aluminum like the ones on the Ent-D. makes good sense, if power goes out forcefeild windows would cause the whole ship to decompress as they turned off. - Mithril 07:28, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
I have to agree with Mithril here. This was neither his ready room or his quarters, it was something more akin to a junction in the jefferies tubes. We have seen his ready room in Nemesis, and his quarters in First Contact, and this room did not match. This was not a normal window. Therefore, I am removing the line about Sovereign windows being forcefields and not another material. --OuroborosCobra 07:44, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
  • not to mention, the "window" was on the floor, so again, clearly a jefferies tube--205.188.117.5 16:50, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Getting cut in halfEdit

Does Dax or someone get their hand stuck in a forcefield in an episode, and half to pull it out suffering from burns, but not limb severance? I think the whole "cut in half" speculation should be removed. 24.99.167.17 10:59, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

Yes, burned, no limb severance. From DS9: "Civil Defense", right before the counter-insurgency program goes to level 2. From Chakoteya's transcript DAX: I was reaching toward the ODN conduit and a small forcefield went off and it caught my hands. BASHIR: They're second degree burns but I don't think there's any neural damage. This should relieve the pain. Setacourse 00:18, December 18, 2009 (UTC)
I've added a note about this in the article, replacing the bit of speculation based on Worf's telling his security guys to stand back in "Brothers". -Mdettweiler 03:48, December 21, 2009 (UTC)

Inconsistencies Edit

The following was added under an "inconsistencies" section, but is really just a nitpick. --From Andoria with Love 05:50, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

There are a number of inconsistencies regarding force fields in the Star Trek universe, such as their varying ability to allow atmosphere but not a person or object to travel through. The ability of sound to travel through a force field for instance, including those which are separating one atmospheric condition from another, is conveniently never questioned. If a force field was to exist, and be separating atmospheric conditions, surely sound could not pass through since sound travels through said atmosphere.

- NOTE: Sounds can be heard through walls because the sound vibrations travelling through the air hit the wall and make smaller vibrations in the wall, that then sends the vibrations through air in the other room. I'd guess force fields work in the same way.

Selective Positioning Edit

I added a reference to the ability of the force field to be selectively positioned, as shown in VOY: "Repentance". First of all, would that be the correct term? I wasn't sure how to properly phrase its use. Secondly, I considered adding some background info stating that since Starfleet has done away with crime for the most part, this application is not widely used and could have been jury-rigged either by Tuvok or Nygeans. However, as I consider this speculation and not canon, I refrained from adding it. If somebody could possibly confirm or elaborate on this, that would be swell. --Kahwless 09:06, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

Annular Confinement Beam != Force Field Edit

I see that this has just been added to the article:

In 2369 Jadzia Dax told Chief O'Brien to boost the annular containment field to stabilize the transporter signal and beam the Klingon first officer Hon-Tihl aboard. (DS9: "Dramatis Personae")

However, rather than referring to a force field, this is rather referring to the annular confinement beam, a component of the transporter which, despite Sisko's referring to it as "annular containment field" in the episode, is obviously what was being referenced. An ACB is very, very different from the force field type of containment field. For one, the fact that it was a component of the transporter in Enterprise indicates that the existence of the ACB predates the invention of the force field, and is thus most definitely *not* a force field itself. I was originally going to revert the edit myself, but since I saw it was put there by an admin, I figured I'd post here to avoid risking an edit war. ;-) -Mdettweiler 16:46, September 7, 2009 (UTC)

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