Originally posted by Toelint
The interesting thing about Star Trek transporters is the writers never actually tell the audience how they work.
But at least they (the writers) give us visual clues...
consider that as the operator in control of the teleporter slides the
teleporter handle forward the subjects become less 'solid'
(note that the person and all the equipment they take with them
become momentarily 'frozen'...I'v never seen motion in the transporter process)
the inference is that the people and objects a relatively quickly disassembled, turned into digital energy, projected at the speed of light
to any point where 'sensor readings' are reliable/available, and are converted back from digital energy and reassembled into the original item or
biological person on the spot.
The transporter 'beam' which is more of a 'carrier' should not be interrupted, or else the 'memory' contained within the 'carrier beam'
will degenerate, and the transported person will become scattered
in that immediate area of space.
i recall in different episodes, when the transporter got interrupted
from ion storms or whatever, the subject was temporarly 'lost' but seemed to remain in a sort of teleporter 'bubble', which the viewer seen as a
very nebulous human form, which became more and more 'solid' as the teleporter lever was slid backward to the starting position.
~all the person caught in a teleporter bubble could do was pantomime
as voice and sound was not possible in the transporters' carrier 'beam'~