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A line of sight directed energy weapon.

Several different types of beam weapon exist:

  • High-energy laser:
    • Chemical laser - powered by energy released by an exothermic chemical reaction.
    • Free-electron laser - the relativistic electron beam energy is converted into optical energy.
    • Nuclear-pumped X-ray laser.
  • Particle beam accelerators which can fire a stream of high velocity particles:
    • Protons.
    • Electrons.
  • Directed microwave-energy - not generally used, although the main sensor array of a starship can be deadly in close proximity.


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