Flipping through the re-purposed tree version of WIRED, I pick up some new jargon: NanoFET Thrusters.
Plain language explanation:
Imagine a solid state CMOS device that emits nanoparticle's of propellant; sort of an ion thruster without the high voltage, electrode arcing and grids that can short out from a misplaced dust mote.
Now imagine millions or billions of them in a megawatt flat panel array used as a space craft propulsion module.
It's called NanoFET: Nanoparticle Field Emission Thruster
The eye bleeding version can be found here.
Sweet. The core a a future "Bad Physics Engine."