So, not only would warp drive -fictionalized in Star Trek- make a great means of transportation, it’s a weapon of mass destruction.
Below is what researchers at the University of Sydney have discovered about a potential warp drive, which they called an “Alcubierre warp drive,” which would “propel a ship at superluminal speeds by creating a bubble of negative energy around it, expanding space (and time) behind the ship while compressing space in front of it.”
They’ve crunched up the numbers and done the math, and, according to a report in Universe Today:
…Space is not just an empty void between point A and point B… rather, it’s full of particles that have mass (as well as some that do not.) What the research team — led by Brendan McMonigal, Geraint Lewis, and Philip O’Byrne — has found is that these particles can get “swept up” into the warp bubble [when traveling faster than light] and focused into regions before and behind the ship, as well as within the warp bubble itself.When the Alcubierre-driven ship decelerates from superluminal speed, the particles its bubble has gathered are released in energetic outbursts. In the case of forward-facing particles the outburst can be very energetic — enough to destroy anyone at the destination directly in front of the ship.
“Any people at the destination,” the team’s paper concludes, “would be gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion due to the extreme blueshifts for [forward] region particles.”
I certainly understand everything these “scientists” are saying, but…. Maybe you don’t stop RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE PLANET YOU ARE GOING TO? Perhaps aim a little to the right?
So, I guess, warp drive is out. Bummer.
What about Star Gate technology?
Source: Nerd Approved
Category: Nerd Culture