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  • Any form of technology used to detect some phenomenon from a distance
  • Divided into active and passive
    • Passive
      • Detection of emissions without direct interaction
    • Active
      • Transmission of some means to detect through interaction with distant phenomena
      • Often involved emission of unspecified signal at particular frequencies (TNG Novel: Available Light)

Technological notes

  • High-density minerals often serve to deflect active sensor efforts and prevent passive detection
  • Certain forms of low-level warp fields can serve to deflect sensors (TNG Novel: A Time to Heal)
  • Natural crystalline structures, such as certain Oort cloud bodies, can serve as natural enhancers for active sensor efforts, expanding effective range immensely (DS9 Novel: Mission Gamma: Cathedral)

Generic components

  • Image translator (TNG Novel: Q & A)
    • Automatically translates raw sensor data into visual-spectrum image (TNG Novel: Q & A)


Dekyon resonance pattern

  • Analyzes local dekyon field for resonances indicating sources of dekyon emissions (TNG: "Cause and Effect"; TNG Novel: A Time to Heal)


  • First developed May 2267 (VAN Novel: Precipice)
  • Subspace penetration scans allow for chemical analysis of wide regions of a planet that could otherwise not be resolved (TNG: "Pen Pals"; SCE Short Story: "Wildfire, Book 1"; TNG Novel: A Time to Heal)
    • Can resolve chemical makeup of both terrestrial strata and gas giant atmospheric composition (TNG: "Pen Pals"; SCE Short Story: "Wildfire, Book 1"; TNG Novel: A Time to Heal)
    • Requires extended time, effort to produce results (TNG: "Pen Pals")
    • Sensor penetration still not limitless (SCE Short Story: "Wildfire, Book 1")


This category has only the following subcategory.


Pages in category "Sensors"

The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total.