Phaser

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Despite the potential to affect many targets and suppress areas of a battlefield with wide-beam phaser fire, Federation troops invariably use only narrow beams in battle.  This behavior indicates that wide beams have extremely limited utility in combat situations. One obvious reason is that the power intensity of spreading beams will drop rapidly with increasing range, making them ineffective at typical combat ranges.
 
Despite the potential to affect many targets and suppress areas of a battlefield with wide-beam phaser fire, Federation troops invariably use only narrow beams in battle.  This behavior indicates that wide beams have extremely limited utility in combat situations. One obvious reason is that the power intensity of spreading beams will drop rapidly with increasing range, making them ineffective at typical combat ranges.
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===Limitations===
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Environmental conditions can have surprising effects on phaser performance. Certain kinds of ambient radiation (including "hyperonic" radiation) cause phaser beams to scatter rapidly, making the weapons effectively useless in such adverse conditions. Prolonged exposure to low-level radiation from a shielded nuclear fusion reactor (at least several minutes) can also render a hand-phaser inoperative.
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"Energy dampening fields" also affect phaser performance, presumably by design, rending hand-phasers useless. Such fields have only been mentioned, however; specific effects have never been observed.
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The Federation has developed "regenerative" phasers that are less sensitive to adverse environments. It's not clear how they are different from standard phasers, unless the phaser modification performed by Data in TNG "Ensigns of Command" is a direct example.
  
 
==Phaser types==
 
==Phaser types==

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