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Warp_drive_2 It is possible to travel faster than light; the catch is that you just wouldn't travel faster than light and the total mass/energy contained in the planet Jupiter would be needed to propel a starship the size of the Enterprise to beyond the speed of light. That's a lot of dilithium crystals!

Two Baylor University physicists believe that if the 11th dimension could be shrunk behind a spaceship it would create a bubble of dark energy, the same dark energy that is causing the universe to speed up as time goes on. Expanding the 11th dimension in front of the ship would eventually cause it to decrease, although two separate steps are required. One slight problem though is exactly how the 11th dimension would be expanded and shrunk is still unknown.

We think we can create an effective warp drive, based on general relatively and string theory," said Gerald Cleaver.The next question is how do you expand space behind the ship and contract it in front of the ship?

Cleaver and Richard Obousy, the other coauthor, propose manipulating the 11th dimension, a special theoretical construct of m-theory (the offspring of string theory), to create the bubble the ship would surf down.

"These calculations are based on some arbitrary advance in technology or some alien technology that would let us manipulate the extra dimension," said Cleaver.

The warp engine is based on a design first proposed in1994 by Michael Alcubierre. The Alcubierre drive, as it's known, involves expanding the fabric of space behind a ship into a bubble and shrinking space-time in front of the ship. The ship would rest in between the expanding and shrinking space-time, essentially surfing down the side of the bubble.

The tricky part is that the ship wouldn't actually move; space itself would move underneath the stationary spacecraft. A beam of light next to the ship would still zoom away, same as it always does, but a beam of light far from the ship would be left behind.

That means that the ship would arrive at its destination faster than a beam of light traveling the same distance, but without violating Einstein's relativity, which says that it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object with mass to the speed of light, since the ship itself isn't actually moving.

The fabric of space has moved faster than light before, says Cleaver, right after the Big Bang, when the universe expanded faster than the speed of light.

"We're recreating the inflationary period of the universe behind the ship," said Cleaver.

What the scientists were able to estimate was the amount of energy necessary, if the technology was available, to change these dimensions: about 10^45 joules. "That's about the amount of energy you'd get if you converted the entire mass of Jupiter into pure energy via E = mc^2," said Cleaver, an energy far beyond anything humanity can currently envision creating.

If there are extra dimensions and we could manipulate them, that would open up all sorts of exciting possibilities.

"Warp drive isn't doable now, and probably won't be for the next several millenia," said Cleaver.

Posted by Casey Kazan.

Source link: http://arxiv.org/abs/0807.1957
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/07/28/warp-speed-engine-02.html

Comments

Can you scientist dudes hurry up and get this made already?

Gas is $4 a gallon and I am late for work.

Thanks.

I am disappointed. Being a STAR TREK fan, I thought I would hear about a real warp-drive in the next couple of decades! Oh! I still have hopes. I am sure the scientists will find some way of getting there.

It is possible to travel faster than light; the catch is that you just wouldn't travel faster than light and the total mass/energy contained in the planet Jupiter would be needed to propel a starship the size of the Enterprise to beyond the speed of light. That's a lot of dilithium crystals!

HA HA Ha, nice cartoon !

But on a more serious and practical concept.

Look up NLSpropulsion (near light speed propulsion) using a linear accelerator something like the ones at SLAC, FERMI, USC, Berkeley, CERN, etc.


the greatest of floods start with but a single drop ! i have seen tomorrow and it is now ! to achieve this we must not continue to think in complex questions which brings complex answers but in the trueist of simplicity , how much energy does the sun generate ? how would that energy be contained, and what would it take to properly dispurse such energy ? think of it like a lightbulb with a filter inside ,once the power switch is turned on the filter send out a controlled energy burst which causes the light to brighten , the can be repeated over and over until the filter goes and then we just change the bulb , figure it out from their we already have what we need we just need to learn how to use it

"200billion stars in one galaxy?125billion galaxies that make up the UNIVERSE?
I bet god is having hard time keeping track of his creations.LOL.How do we travel the stars or galaxies?One simple answer : As spirit particles(soul) or molecules. However, the earth's gravity is prohibits spirit particles from leaving.So, we are all reborn,recycled as different species on this planet. I am 99.9% wrong or 99.9% correct. Whatever is your beliefs, I totally respect it as a human in the Milky Way." <<< I always wanted to post this on youtube but that darn comment icon is not working***@!432!62

So we can creat a warp drive which can travel faster than light, really?

wouldn't work, you would still be travelling faster than light relative to the starting point

and "spirit particles" what drugs are you taking

How sad!!! Next time when there is a large gathering, have more than one way out.

I do not want to make any negative comments, because it was really nice

I thought I would hear about a real warp-drive in the next couple of decades! Oh! I still have hopes. I am sure the scientists will find some way of getting there. mulberry outlets

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