Star Trek The Original Series, Burnt Dilithium Crystal in Chamber

made from scratch set dressing / pieces

REAL BURNT DILITHIUM CRYSTAL SiO2.  Piezoelectric and Triboluminescent. Post irradiated deep in the earth by mother nature. 1,300 carat +/-.

CUSTOM ALUMINUM CARRIAGE: Set inside a one-of-a-kind hand milled and turned Dilithium Crystal chamber. Artistic license taken as the “Mudd’s Women” crystal holder was never seen on screen. The closest reference was the “Elaan Of Troyius” chamber adaptor seen in that episode and as such this is how the design was developed by Lussier Props & Models.

Fictional Dilithium is depicted as an extremely hard crystalline mineral that occurs naturally on some planets. When placed in a high-frequency electromagnetic field, eddy currents are induced in its structure which keep charged particles away from the crystal lattice. This prevents it from reacting with antimatter when so energized, because the antimatter particles never actually touch it. Therefore, it is used to contain and regulate the annihilation reaction of matter and antimatter in a starship's warp core, which otherwise would explode from the uncontrolled annihilation reaction. Though low-quality artificial crystals can be grown or replicated, they are limited in the power of the reaction they can regulate without fragmenting, and are therefore largely unsuitable for warp drive applications. Due to the need for natural dilithium crystals for interstellar travel, deposits of this material are, much like real-world equivalents such as oil, a highly contested resource, and as such, dilithium crystals have led to more interstellar conflict than all other reasons combined.

Ironically life imitated Star Trek art; In 1962, Robert N. Hall demonstrated the first laser diode device that has become, after 50 years, SiO2   quartz/garnet coated with ytrinium. These YAG lasers are used in fusion, plasma and, research application at the present time (yes, laser pointers and props too).  

Certified Properties of this Prop: REFRACTIVE INDEX=1.544-1.553, Post-Irradiated, Cairngorm Variety Crystal, Trigonal 32, SPECIFIC GRAVITY= 2.66 (+0.03/-0.02).

Run Size: I made just this one example, giant real crystal points (of the right color and size) are both very hard to come by and, very hard to dress on a faceting lap…..

Dimensions Nominal: Overall prop is 4” square x 7-½” high. Aluminum-Carrier measures 3” diameter x 6-¾” overall high. Crystal 3-1/4” x 2-1/4” x 2” sized to approximate the screen prop, Acrylic Base is 4” x 4” x ¾” solid acrylic with acrylic index pins set in epoxy.

item: collector:
category: made from scratch
type: set dressing / pieces
serial number: 9270
coa issued by: J Lussier Props & Models (20)
original (1)  |  replica (19)
celebrity: Roger Carmel (1)
movie: Star Trek The Original Series
original (8)  |  replica (57)
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