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Disambig.png This article is about the Infra-Knife Accelerator technology. For the Photon Cannon technology, see Nonlinear Optics.
The subject of this article is from the Synthesis update.
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The subject of this article is from a previous version of No Man's Sky and is now considered obsolete.
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Nonlinear Optics
Nonlinear Optics
Category Starship - Weapons
Type Photon Cannon Upgrade
Stats Total Cannon Count: 3
Updated Beyond

Nonlinear Optics (Infra-Knife Accelerator) is a starship upgrade.


Nonlinear Optics (Infra-Knife Accelerator) is a technology that uses the Infra-Knife Accelerator icon and has different crafting recipes, but is otherwise identical in appearance to the Photon Cannon upgrade Nonlinear Optics. It adds a third shot to each volley of Infra-Knife Accelerator, effectively increasing its base damage output by 50%.

Game description[]

Replaces the conventional Photon Cannon optics with an experimental glass array, boosting combat performance.

Significantly improves heat sink capacity.


Nonlinear Optics (Infra-Knife Accelerator) cannot be crafted.

Original formula:

PRODUCT.DESTABILISEDSODIUM.png Destablised Sodium x3 + PRODUCT.TECHMODULE.png Wiring Loom x2 → RENDER.PHOTONACCELMOD.png Nonlinear Optics (Infra-Knife Accelerator)

Additional information[]

  • The third shot added by Nonlinear Optics overlaps one of the two existing shots. Since damage numbers from Infra-Knife Accelerator shots in a volley do not visually combine to show volley damage (rather, damage numbers from individual shots tend to overlap), this makes it very difficult to confirm in-game that the upgrade is working as intended.
  • One way to force the shots to have non-overlapping damage numbers is to shoot a fauna in a specific spot near its critical-damage area. If done correctly, only one of the two overlapping shots will land a critical hit (the other two shots will land non-critical hits, either directly or via splash damage), causing all damage numbers to become visually distinct.

Release history[]

  • NEXT - Added as a technology.
  • NEXT - Bug (1.50): The game description and type incorrectly refers to the Photon Cannon, instead of Infra-Knife Accelerator. Please report this bug here.
  • Beyond - Blueprint changed, Technology Module was renamed to Wiring Loom.
  • Synthesis - Obsolete, replaced by the Q-Resonator