The likely discovery of the Higgs Boson, which has stirred the blogosphere into a frenzy, has serious ramifications for my areas of interest. Most importantly, it might have an impact on my research into faster-than-light travel.
In recent weeks, I’ve concentrated more of my energy on the practicality of what is known in physics’ circles as the Alcubierre drive. Before I get into the nitty gritty of my research, here’s a brief introduction:
In 1994, a scientist named Miguel Alcubierre proposed a way of changing the geometry of space by creating a wave that would cause the fabric of space ahead of a spacecraft to contract and the space behind it to expand. Such a ship would then ride this wave inside a region of flat space known as a warp bubble and would not move within this bubble. Instead, it would be carried along as the region itself moves as a consequence of the actions of the drive. If this is so, conventional relativistic effects such as time dilation would not apply in the way they would in the case of a ship moving at a very great velocity through flat spacetime, relative to other objects. This method of propulsion would not involve objects in motion at speeds faster than light with respect to the contents of the warp-bubble; that is, a light beam within the warp-bubble would still always move faster than the ship. Thus the mathematical formulation of the Alcubierre metric does not contradict the conventional claim that the laws of relativity do not allow a slower-than-light object to accelerate to faster-than-light speeds.
You can read more about the Alcubierre drive in this Discovery article. As the author points out, scientists have proposed “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. If the 11th dimension could be shrunk behind the ship 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.”
How to actually manipulate the 11th dimension is the specific subject of my current research. Anyone who is working on the same thing, please get in touch with me in the comments below.
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