(UTN/UAS/ATIS) Phasic Matter Array
Mass Disassembly technology using Particle Streams to strip matter to molecular components, primarily used in recycling matter for re-use, for example old starship hulls or standard waste from population centres.
The Phasic Matter Array was developed in the early 25th century by Old Federation scientists using (as is typical of the time period and most advanced technologies of the era) pre-exodus TSRC design schematics. Believed originaly designed by the TSRC at Angel Point some time in the 23rd Century, the PMA utilises a series of high power, inter-linked Particle Accelerators known as a Phasic Array; when these accelerators are charged, the output converges on a single point, creating a Particle Stream. Original Particle Accelerator technology required to create Particle Streams was developed using the unique properties of Polarytic crystals when applied to existing molecular structures - the Phasic Matter Array essentially splits physical mass / objects such as scrap alloys into base elements by blasting energised Polarytic (X-1) crystals at the structure. Since Polarytic crystals energised in a specific phase range do not otherwise interact with the physical properties of the resultant composite / alloyed metal / matter, a radiator or Polarytic Sink can reabsorb the radiated energy without damage to the molecular structure of the component base elements. For example, PMA disassemblers can reduce Tritanium Composite into its base elements of Titanium, Iridium and Nanopolymer Metallic Base.
PMA is incorporated into essentially every modern manufacturing or matter recycling system in Aquarius. It is most often employed in the first stage of mass recycling systems to prepare composite elements into base elements for a micro/macro or nano assembler array.