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Quantum bumps will help speed warp drive
Technology warp movement, a form of “travel faster than light,” was popularized by great “Star Trek” and science fiction’s Golden Age of science fiction. Not so long ago we wrote about the fact that NASA seriously considering the creation of a working prototype of the engine and the conclusion of mankind literally beyond the solar system. Now let’s see whether the warp engine to help quantum boosters – another sci-fi idea that has become true thanks to modern science.
Take, for example, Barnard’s star. She is on our cosmic backyard, to her six light years. This is a very long way to go by the standards of relativistic velocities. You’ll need a big, big spaceship.
NASA scientists are conducting experiments that could help to make the warp drive feasible in the laboratory of the future, built of such a promising program “Apollo” at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Spaceship with warp engine will look like a ball for American football, surrounded by two thick rings. They will use an exotic form of matter, causing space-time to expand behind the ship and contract in front of him. Harold White, a physicist at NASA is experimenting with these theories on a small scale, using the light-measuring device in the laboratory.
“We expect a change in the length of a photon in the interferometer, because it will be the proof that we have created an effect that is being sought,” – said in an interview with White Space.com. – “We have seen a few different experiments with different techniques of analysis of the change in optical path length. But that does not mean that we have come to success. ”
Yes, these results are intriguing, but in no way are the ultimate proof that the warp drive will work again says White. Experiments in miniature is just the first step to understanding whether these concepts derived from the theory of limits, and to put into practice.
Physics of Quantum aftershocks, another technology that examines White in NASA, could be the key to the creation of fuel needed warp engine.
Q-Electric motors work like submarine out under water, except for the fact that they do so in the vacuum of space. This was said at the White Starship Congress on August 17. The spacecraft will theoretically move through space, shaking cosmic soup and causing disturbances at the quantum level. Push in the space-time would be similar to a submarine moving through the water.
This technology produces negative energy in a vacuum, a key ingredient for the warp engines on a fuel made of exotic matter.
“Physical model that tells us how to collect q-engine is the same as the one that we use to create a negative vacuum generator”, – says White. – “Quantum tremors could be derived from physics movement as a large ring around the spacecraft. If you look at them, there will be at least 10,000 small generators of negative vacuum. ”
White wants to try to apply a physical model of quantum pushes against a warp engine.
“We measured the force pushes in a few test trials of devices that angered the state of the quantum vacuum,” – says White. The effect was small, but significant for the experiment. Looking ahead, White hopes to increase the strength of aftershocks.
By itself, a ship with a warp engine will never go faster than the speed of light, but the curved space-time around it would help the spacecraft reach the effective rate is 10 times greater than light.
Being offered for the first time a Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre in 1994, warp drive would require a huge amount of energy meaningless. The work of Wight managed to significantly reduce these numbers. Older studies have shown that such an engine will need an energy equivalent to the mass of Jupiter.
“In the beginning there was a small period of time, known as inflation,” – said Richard burden, president of Icarus Interstellar. – “We believe that during this period of inflationary space-time itself expanded many times faster than the speed of light, so you may experience a tantalizing questions if nature will act as a teacher. Can you repeat this process around the spaceship? “.
White believes that the engine can be started using the power of the exotic mass equal to the mass “Voyager 1”, if the rings are made in the shape of a donut, and will vary over time.
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