Hypervelocity Macron Accelerator
A typical macron is a micrometre in diameter and has a very simple structure. Due to the small size, it exhibits an interesting feature: a very high surface area to mass ratio. A useful number of electrical charges can be placed on a macron’s exterior compared to how much they mass. This feature can be exploited by an electrostatic accelerator.
Tiny particles are too small to survive the heating and friction in a railgun, and cannot support large magnetic fields in a coilgun. However, an electrostatic accelerator can bring particles up to high velocities by using a voltage gradient between an anode and a cathode. Charged particles feel a force when placed in between electrodes, proportional to the voltage gradient multiplied by the particle’s charge. When we divide that force by the mass of the particle, we get force divided by mass, which is an acceleration. A macron, with its high charge to mass ratio, will experience a strong acceleration even under small voltages.
This lead to the development of the Hypervelocity Macron Accelerator, whcih utilizes a 100m diameter ring of 10 Tesla field strength in combination with 10 nanometre diameter spheres of carbon nanolattice with 200 MPa strength and 300 kg/m^3 density. When fired the 10nm Macrons can reach speeds of up to 20.000km/s. When directed at a target, it is blasted by a stream of dust-like particles at 6% of light speed, leading to heavy damage on armor plate, which can lead to a characteristig pattern of 'slash marks' on targets hit by a Macron Accelerator.