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The Warp Drive : Hyper-fast Travel Within General Relativity

By Alcubierre, Miguel

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Title: The Warp Drive : Hyper-fast Travel Within General Relativity  
Author: Alcubierre, Miguel
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Technology, Spaceships
Collections: Relativity, Mathematics, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Authors Community, Transportion Technology, Technology, Most Popular Books in China, Literature
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It is shown how, within the framework of general relativity and without the introduction of wormholes, it is possible to modify a spacetime in a way that allows a spaceship to travel with an arbitrarily large speed. By a purely local expansion of spacetime behind the spaceship and an opposite contraction in front of it, motion faster than the speed of light as seen by observers outside the disturbed region is possible. The resulting distortion is reminiscent of the "warp drive" of science fiction. However, just as it happens with wormholes, exotic matter will be needed in order to generate a distortion of spacetime like the one discussed here.


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