The disruptor was a common Klingon personal weapon that used a microwave beam to disrupt the structure of living tissue or (at higher power levels) any solid matter. Early models used focused sound waves instead of microwaves, but such "sonic disruptors" were considered outmoded as the Empire expanded into space. (As sound cannot travel through a vacuum, "sonic" disruptors were never used as spacecraft weaponry. Even so, the focused microwave version was sometimes erroneously referred to as a "sonic" disruptor.)
Notes and References
- McLimore, Guy W. Jr., Poehlein, Greg K., and Tepool, David F., with Ippolito, Donna, and Huettel, Todd W. "The Klingons: Star Fleet Intelligence Manual." Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, Supplement 2002, Second Edition. Based on original material by Ford, John M. Illustrations by Todd F. Marsh, Dana Knutson, Jeff Laubenstein, and Mitch O'Connell. FASA Corporation. 1987.