Physics research area is comprised of three tech trees: Computing, Field Manipulation and Particles. The area provides access to several key points, including: additional research capabilities, strategic resources reveal, point-defense & energy weapons, improved FTL capabilities, improved energy production & storage, and more.
A Scientist with an expertise trait in one of the tech trees increases the weight for that tech tree's technologies by 25%.
The following technologies can only be unlocked following certain events but will always remain available to research.
Mining Drone Lasers
Mining Drone Laser component
Using strong-focus lenses in combination with an oscillating firing frequence help create lasers strong enough to mine asteroids, or shoot down hostiles.
Cloud Lightning Conduits
Cloud Lightning component
Void Clouds use the electrical charges generated by the dense gases that make up most of their core to release bolts of burning plasma. Using the same gas composition together with a specialized conduit allows for powerful lightning weaponry.
Matter Disintegrator component
Applying 5th-dimensional energy manipulation principles on lower dimensional planes allows for the creation of powerful energy weapons.
Omega Theory research option
The universe tends irresistibly onwards and downwards. That tendency cannot be reversed...but it can be subverted, for a price.
Omega Alignment building
When a temporal paradox becomes tangled, a kind of consciousness arises, with its own needs, its own desires. This is what has occurred with the consciousness that some call the Worm-in-Waiting. If we can align ourselves with that consciousness, we might just achieve a kind of immortality.
Enigmatic Decoder component
While producing average results in standard tests, the accuracy of Enigmatic Decoder's prediction algorithms seemingly increases as the target's flight path grows more erratic.
Enigmatic Encoder component
The Enigmatic Encoder scrambles flight path data according to some indeterminable design before feeding it back to fleet command.