Replicator

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==Unusual Applications==
 
==Unusual Applications==
During the [[Dominion War]], the [[Federation]] deployed a field of mines around the [[Bajoran Wormhole]]. These mines used replicator technology to replace mines lost due to contact with passing [[starship]]s or anti-mine measures employed by the enemy. The mines shared a common pool of feedstock, sharing material in their storage systems with other mines to replace lost units. The range of the replication system isn't clear. Clearly the mines must not have employed any materials known to be impossible to replicate, nor could any of the components be too complex for replicator resolution (which cannot accurately produce some microscopic structures). Since the mines were cloaked, the cloaking technology must not have required any unreplicatable components. Since replicators cannot produce anti-matter, they must have used some other reactant(s) in their warheads that could be synthesized from trace elements floating in space around the minefield.
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During the [[Dominion War]], the [[Federation]] deployed a field of mines around the [[Bajoran Wormhole]]. These mines used replicator technology to replace mines lost due to contact with passing [[starship]]s or anti-mine measures employed by the enemy. The mines shared a common pool of feedstock, sharing material in their storage systems with other mines to replace lost units. The range of the replication system isn't clear. Clearly the mines must not have employed any materials known to be impossible to replicate, nor could any of the components be too complex for replicator resolution (which cannot accurately produce some microscopic structures). Since the mines were cloaked, the cloaking technology must not have required any unreplicatable components. Since replicators cannot produce anti-matter, they must have used some other reactant(s) in their warheads that could be synthesized from trace elements floating in space around the minefield.  It is possible that the mines could make use of materials left by destroyed vessels or left over mine debris.
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

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