Chris Beilby (cbeilby@earthlink.net)
Sat, 08 May 1999 02:32:18 -0700


> <snip>

> ...an I-field is not available until 0083, on the Neo-Axis and the GP03, so in
>
> the OYW they are non-existent.

I beg to differ. The I-field is seen, in one form or another, throughout the
original Series/ Movies. These include The Big Zam's Beam Barriers, the Beam
Saber
the Minovski Craft system, the Minovski-Ionesco Reactor, even the Minovski
interference effect. They are all developments of the I field, either in it's
naturally occurring form (The interference effect) or the tightly compressed and
highly supercharged version used in all of the other systems mentioned above.

First of all, since I know this is the application that I know you were
referring to, we'll look at the beam barrier. The Big Zam has two of them. In
fact you can see the I-field beam barrier in use very clearly in the anime when
a variety of Fed beam weapons (From a Salamis, the Gundam, Sleggar's G-fighter/
Core Booster, and numerous GMs) fire at the Big Zam at the battle of Solomon,
and the beams essentially bounce off the I-field. (Mobile Suit Gundam III:
Encounters in Space, starting at time index 1 H, 11 M, 09S, and continuing
through most of Amuro's fight with the thing. / Series Episode 36.)

                          MA-08 BIG ZAM
                          Type: prototype anti-warship/anti-fortress mobile
armor
                          Head height: 59.6 meters
                          Base weight: 1021.2 tons
                          Full weight: 1936.0 tons
                          Power generator: 140000kW
                          Rocket thrusters: 560000kg total
                          Acceleration: 0.30 G
                          Sensor radius: 13400 meters
                          Armament: large mega-particle gun x 1, anti-air
mega-particle
                          gun x 28, air-to-air missile x 6, 105mm vulcan gun x
2, I-field
                        barrier generator x 2

(specs courtesy of The Mecha Domain, http://gundam.mechadomain.com )

Next, the beam saber.

     Unlike the beam weapons discussed above (beam rifles and Mega Particle
     cannons), the beam saber doesn't use mega particles. Instead, it emits
     high energy Minovski particles to form a blade shaped I-field, and
     then fills this I-field shell with superheated plasma to produce a
     lethally effective cutting blade. The Minovski particles are stored by
     E-cap in the beam saber's hilt, which is recharged by the mobile
     suit's reactor when the saber is returned to its socket. Thus, once
     activated, beam sabers don't rely on the mobile suit's reactor and can
     be thrown or discarded as decoys (as demonstrated in Gundam 0083).

          As the beam saber's I-field enclosure repels plasma, it not only
     keeps the blade's contents in but also keeps other blades' contents
     out, allowing one beam saber to block another. And, since the I-field
     can be formed into a variety of simple shapes, it's pretty trivial to
     create exotic variants like the beam tomahawk, beam sword, beam sword/
     axe, beam fan, beam mace, beam cutter and beam tonfa - glorified beam
     sabers, all.

This of course shows that even the Beam Shield, and theoretically the V-Gundam's
Minovski Flight system could have been used in the 1YW.

Other uses include:

The fuel compression bottle in the Compact Minovski-Ionesco Reactor...

     In UC 0071, Zeon researchers create the super compact Minovski fusion
     reactor. Instead of the conventional magnetic field, this improved
     version of the Minovski-Ionesco reactor uses an I-field to confine and
     compress the reactor fuel, triggering a fusion reaction. The Minovski
     particles produced as a byproduct of the helium-3 fusion reaction are
     thus recycled to keep that reaction going. The Minovski particles that
     form the I-field lattice also help catalyze the fusion reaction, in a
     process similar to the muon-catalyzed fusion investigated by real
     world scientists during the 1950s. This super efficient design is only
     a fifth as large as an equivalently powerful Minovski-Ionesco reactor.

and the Minovski Craft system used in the White Base.

     Since it's made up of charged particles, the I-field is unable to
     permeate through metal, water, the Earth's surface, or other
     electrically conductive materials. Thus, at low altitudes it's
     possible to generate an I-field cushion between the underside of a
     vessel and the ground, yielding a gravity countering buoyancy. This
     principle is used in the Minovski craft system introduced during the
     One Year War and eventually made standard on all space warships,
     though it's not until decades later that the Minovski craft system is
     miniaturized enough to be installed in mobile suits.

Needless to say, the I-field is a core feature of the physics of the Gundam
Universe.

(All quotes from the Gundam Project, http://gundam.anime.net , although I've
changed the spelling of Minovski from what Mark uses, as the I ending the word
is actually more correct. )



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