Mark III Aetheric Resonance Imager ("Colliculus")
Note: Because of the sensitive nature of this technology, all information regarding the true nature of Aetheric Resonance Imagery (ARI) is classified Level Q by order of GOC High Command. This document will cover only the operation of the Colliculus device by GOC Field Operatives The device itself is classified as "Black Box" technology and should not be repaired by anyone other than an authorized Coalition technician. ARI technology is to be considered +2 Generation technology, and must be outfitted with a self-destruct device to prevent downstream technology from being released to the civilian population.
The "Colliculus" Resonance Imager is a third-generation device based on the principles of Aetheric Resonance Imagery originally discovered by Seymon Kirlian in 1939. This is not to be confused with what is commonly known as "Kirlian Photography," which is a simple corona discharge phenomenon.
The device consists of three components:
- The resonance imager itself: a "black box" device consisting of the aetheric resonator, receiver, data transceiver, and power source. The device can be mounted upon an operator's helmet or weapon, attached to the wall of a target building, or mounted on a tripod or other mounting device, based on the desired deployment configuration. The device is self-powered and can recharge using a standard Micro-USB connection.
- An operating program ("RESONANCE"). Like all proprietary GOC technology, "RESONANCE" will only operate on devices designed to run C/OS. The most recent version of the program (including the operator's manual) can be downloaded from any GOC "dropbox."
- In addition, the Colliclus Resonance Imager can interface with any number of standard GOC data-display technologies, including the latest version of the SFCBDU and any number of personal computing devices.
Like all ARI devices, "Colliculus" functions by detecting the distinctive Aetheric Energy Fields (AEF) given off by living creatures during the course of normal life functions. By measuring the wavelengths and intensity of these energy fields, information regarding the nature of the life form, its mental and physical state, and any paranormal alterations can be determined.
In its simplest configuration, a single "Colliculus" unit can be used to detect the presence of higher life forms, even through a wall or other vision-obstructing obstacle. Depending on the preference of the operator, the device can be attached to the user's helmet and the data transmitted to an eyepiece or visor, or attached to the user's weapon (with the data displayed on a screen attached to the weapon itself). However, the device's true potential is only reached when two or more units function in tandem. By triangulating the position and nature of various AEFs, a three-dimensional map of the area (including the locations of all hostiles) can be provided to a mission commander or overwatch.
The current version of the "Colliculus" device has a maximum range of 100m in linear mode, 500m if used in triangulation mode.