Wave/particle diverter

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The General Atomics International wave/particle diverter is an integral part of modern laser weapons, converting energy from micro fusion cells or integrated batteries into light, which is then focused via precision-cut lenses. The diverter is an integral part part of the weapon and is typically protected by reinforced housing, to prevent malfunctions. If a diverter fails, the weapon becomes little more than scrap metal. The key flaw of the item is the fact that it's very difficult to repair and replacing it with a functional one requires a high degree of skill.[1]

References

  1. Fort Independence terminals; Research Terminal (Laser Rifle/Pistol): "Subject -> Laser Rifle/Pistol
    Researcher -> J. T. Benning
    Analysis
    Analysis ->
    Further research regarding Laser Weaponry has not revealed much we didn't already know. Small production run of prototype weapons developed by US Military, most of these weapons were recovered from military armories where the weapons were being tested by live-fire groups of active duty personnel.
    Critical Components
    Critical Components ->
    Power drawn from Micro fusion Cell is processed through a Wave/Particle Diverter (manuf:Gen Atomics Intnl). Diverters are protected by carbon-fiber housing, preventing frequent malfunction, but when a diverter fails the weapon becomes unusable, and this part is extremely difficult to replace or repair.
    Precision-cut lenses focus optic energy. Lenses are prone to damage and can grossly affect precision of the firing weapon's firing mechanism. Lenses are easily replaced with any clear glass, but require a great deal of skill to fabricate.
    Field Operation
    Field Operation ->
    A fully charged cell will discharge 20 bolts from a pistol, and 12 shots from the rifle model. Recoil is negligible compared to ballistic weapons, so long range combat requires less marksmanship ability of the soldier.
    Maintenance
    Maintenance ->
    The chassis are easily opened, allowing the weapon to be serviced in the field. Purified water and a clean cloth can be used to wash mirrored and glass components, slowing wear on the weapon. The weapon can also overheat after a period of intense use. This can be counteracted by submerging the barrel of the weapon in water, which helps cool heat sinks located beneath the chassis shell in that area."