in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a ship-based weapon in which a destructive force is generated by a collision of matter and antimatter
Originally on Star Trek, and still primarily used in reference to it.
I wanted to bounce a couple of dozen photon torpedoes off them for a starter.
The Enterprise is equipped with a second type of offensive weapon, called photon torpedos, which are energy pods of matter and anti-matter contained and held temporarily separated in a magno-photon force field.
Set photon torpedoes two, four and six for widest possible scatter the three highest intercept probabilities.
What the hell are they doing here? Mr. Chekov, arm photon torpedoes, prepare to lock phasers on for firing. Mr. Sulu, prepare evasive action but do not execute.
Wouldn’t mind spending some time there collecting specimens—if I had a healthy supply of photon torpedoes and a reliable scanner alarm.
Star Empire…carries five dual-mount phaser banks, four banks of photon torpedoes.
Thermal radiation indicates that it came from the explosion of a starship by photon torpedo.
As soon as that area rotated back into view, photon torpedoes flashed out from beneath the Centurion ’s saucer and into the area of weakened M'dok deflector shields.
And our ship’s phaser banks, and the photon torpedoes.
If we had a diversion from the Enterprise. Phasers. Photon torpedoes.
They were low-yield photon torpedoes.
Photon torpedoes loaded and ready to go.
Phasers, disruptors, photon torpedoes…none of those technologies had been invented yet.
S.E. Whitfield, Making of Star Trek
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