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Old February 21st, 2005, 03:37 PM
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As I understand it, when a starship is outfitted with a nuclear damper, it is immune from the effects of nuclear warheads. To do this, the damper interferes with the nuclear chain reaction on the quantum level. Ok, I can live with this explanation. But, when the damper is active, why does the fusion power plant aboard the ship still work? since the fusion power plant is a self-sustaining nuclear reaction, it should be nullified by the effect of the damper.

Does the damper only interfere with the U235/ Pu238 reaction? Does it stop the neutrons from carrying out the chain reaction?

Or, am I taking this the wrong way and the nuclear damper only interferes with the subsequent radiation and EMP waves generated by the device?

Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions? Depending on how a nuclear damper actually works, it could be converted into a weapon. (More on that thought as replies come in.)
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