Characteristics and history
Tricobalt, in its most stable form, has an atomic mass of 332, and was discovered by Humans and the Federation for the first time on planet Janus VI in the year 2192. This element is part of the trans-uranic series of heavy elements. (ST reference: Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual)
Tricobalt was named as a extrapolation of two simpler elements' names, cobalt and dicobalt. Tricobalt was of note to Federation science because of qualities as an explosive compound, specifically as being able to create energy release on a scale that caused measurable subspace distortion. (VOY episode: "Caretaker", et al.)
In real-life science, element 129 has yet to be discovered. A placeholder name based on its number, "unbiennium", has been suggested to document the possible existence of this substance. Some models of theoretical science have stated that heavy elements on this scale may be impossible to synthesize or reproduce, and cannot exist in nature. Subspace quantities mentioned in Star Trek may account for the contradiction of this being a natural resource on other worlds, as well as any relation to cobalt, which is another aspect of this fictional material that has not been borne out in real-life study.
- TOS episode: "A Taste of Armageddon"
- ST reference: Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual
- DS9 episodes: "Trials and Tribble-ations", "Blaze of Glory"
- VOY episodes: "Caretaker", "The Voyager Conspiracy", "Blink of an Eye"
- ENT episodes: "Minefield", "In a Mirror, Darkly"
- ST video game: Starship Creator
- VOY novel: Full Circle
- TTN novel: Synthesis