Crowdsource question: The only thing I could find in the first edition core book on ranges of various sensing equipment was the Radio and Sensor Range Table on p. 299. It pegs sensor range to the size of the sensor. Does that apply to X-ray emitters, T-ray emitters, lidar, and radar? I would think the more energetic parts of the electromagnetic range (X-rays rather than radar) would have a much shorter range, but that is a very uneducated guess.
If I get an X-ray emitter embedded in my synth, is it going to have a range of 20 km? Am I going to be able to see and interpret the backscatter at that range, even with Enhanced Vision? Or is that just how far a gun can broadcast what it's showing through the gunsight?
I'm also curious about the overlap between different types of sensors. It seems like if you had an X-ray emitter and Enhanced Vision (which includes the ability to see down into X-rays, and up into infrared), you would be mostly covered. Would there be a reason to include radar, ladar, or a t-ray emitter? Do they have advantages over X-rays, which are higher resolution and can see through more stuff?
Current radar appears to be better than lidar at seeing through fog and precipitation. Resolution increases as you go down the electromagnetic spectrum toward gamma rays.
The T-ray emitter says it works for 20 meters in atmosphere/100 meters in vacuum. This contradicts the Sensor Range table, but I couldn't find info for any of the other parts of the spectrum.
Thanks in advance for thoughts.