A fictional device in the Star Trek Universe that is used to beam or "transport" persons or objects from one place to another by dematerializing them and then rematerializing them at their destination.

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In the Star Trek universe, how do we know that the transporter didn't kill you and create a replicant? [duplicate]

One of the reasons I would personally never get in a transporter is that there is no evidence that the Real Me isn't just vaporized and a Copy Me created at the other location. The Copy Me might have ...
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Is transportation through a force shield possible? [duplicate]

In TNG episode called Relics, Enterprise is caught inside a Dyson sphere. Scotty and Geordi wedge their small ship, Jenolan, between the doors, with the force shield activated (so that the ship is not ...
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What produces the sound of transportation? (Non-Canon)

This question asks what in-universe phenomena produces a sound when transportation occurs. This is interesting, but it brings up another interesting question - what produces the sound, ...
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What produces the sound of transportation?

Whenever people transport in Star Trek, we hear a distinctive sound which seems to be unique for each Trek series. In-universe, where does this sound come from, what produces it and why is ...
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Why is the pattern buffer in Star Trek not routinely used to revive people? [duplicate]

Seeing as Commander Riker was restored using the transporter pattern buffer, when assumed dead, why is this not always used when someone dies? I guess for dramatic purposes it wouldn't be very ...
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How much energy does the transporting of one person consume?

I don't know if a technical manual for TOS or TNG states this, but is there any reference to how much energy is consumed in transporting a person (I expect this would vary from person to person, so ...
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Have any crimes been committed using a Transporter?

By their very nature, Transporters could be used for a variety of criminal means, such as: distorting a person's appearance (for fraudulent or malicious acts) or even destroying a person. Is ...
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Why does warp drive impact transporter?

I recall in the ST:TNG episode The Schzoid Man that they perform a warp-transport-warp transport. Counselor Troi notes that it felt like she was in the wall for a minute, which Worf replies: "That's ...
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Capacity of transporter (Galaxy/Constitution class)

As far as I've seen (TOS and first seasons of TNG), only six people can beam elsewhere from the ship (as there are six pads). It seems that this limit doesn't apply vice versa: (TOS: Day of Dove, TNG ...
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Will a transporter fuse two lifeforms together?

In the movie The Fly, a human and a fly are fused together when they are both in a teleport pod during it's activation. Would the same thing happen in Star Trek if two lifeforms were to be transported ...
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Does Star Trek solve the Mind-Body problem?

For those of you who are unaware of the mind-body problem, it is basically trying to determine how the mind connects with the body, and can lead on to 'what is the mind' and whether it is a physical ...
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How do transporters re materialize the energy/matter stream into the subject?

So they have a big stream of sub atomic particles, how do they actually bring it altogether perfectly? I mean their is zillions of particles, what do they use to put all the particles into atoms, then ...
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Why aren't transporters used for medical purposes?

If a Star Trek Transporter can remember the physical state of a person it transports from point A to point B, then why couldn't it heal an injured person it has transported back to their uninjured ...
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Why don't Starfleet ships transport injured crew members to sick bay automatically?

There have been countless times when a Starfleet ship is not in battle and a crewmember has been injured and rendered unconscious. When someone says "Computer, locate X", the computer says where they ...
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Do personnel get sterilized (body and clothes) before using the transporter?

In TOS (for example) you see Kirk, Spock & co. appear to go straight to the transporter, say from the bridge. Should we assume that they go through some sterilization process before being ...
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Can a transport in progress be blocked or stopped by the bridge?

In The Next Generation and Voyager (and maybe Deep Space Nine) it will semi-frequently happen that someone will use the transporter to escape the ship, and when the bridge detects this, someone will ...
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Can latinum be transporter beamed?

Latinum cannot be replicated via a replicator because < hand waving >. Replicators and transporters are based on the same underlying technology. Therefore, it seems reasonable that latinum also ...
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What happens to the air in the area, when things are transported or replicated?

A fundamental law of physics is, in short, that two things cannot exist in the same space at the same time. This is easily demonstrated by dropping a relatively large mass, such as pasta noodles, ...
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Why do people step to positions to be transported, even if there isn't a transporter pad?

After watching (I'm sure quite too) many Star Trek episodes, I've noticed a number of occasions where the characters seem to step away or onto a more specific location to get transported, even if they ...
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How Common is Same-Planet Transporter Use?

I remember in an episode or two of Star Trek: Deep space Nine, either Benjamin Sisco or his Father used the transporter to travel from city to city, rather casually, while on Earth. How common is ...
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Why did Federation starships need transporter rooms? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In Star Trek - What's the Point of the Transporter Room? If transporters can beam people directly from site-to-site (i.e.: straight from the surface of a planet to ...
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Why can't Transporter technology be used as a weapon?

Seems like this is the most powerful weapon of all: transport your enemy into a bulkhead, planet, etc. Transport your enemy's ship inside a planet, etc. Is there some technical reason that it can not ...
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Why transporters are not used during evacuation?

I was watching "The Reckoning" episode and I started to wonder why the transporters were not used during emergency. It looked like routine 1 Scan for life scans 2 Lock on them 3 Beam them out to ...
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In Star Trek canon, what's the range of operation of Transporters?

By "range of operation" of the transporter, I mean "distance up to which it could transport" or "distance from which it could transport something to its own location". The range of operation would ...
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What is the difference between the transporter and the replicator?

What (if anything) is the difference between how the replicator creates objects from a stored pattern and the way a transporter rematerializes a transported object? Put a different way, why can the ...
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In Star Trek - What's the Point of the Transporter Room?

I hope this isn't a silly question but I've been watching TNG and this bothers me. The transporter 'pad' area is relatively small. As a guess, maybe 12 people can fit on it. But the vast majority ...