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 Be the first pioneers to continue the Astronomy Discussions at our new Astronomy meeting place...The Space and Astronomy Agora Warp Drives? Forum List | Follow Ups | Post Message | Back to Thread TopicsPosted by Fred/">Fred on August 20, 1998 10:01:23 UTC

What I failed to explain in my previous message, "Seeing the Past!", was that a worm hole works a bit like the warp drive in the series Star Trek. This system cannot make you travel faster than the speed of light, but can shorten the distance between the two points of a journey!

My understanding is that enourmous amounts of energy is required to bend or warp space. For example imagine a ball (o) on a flat 2D surface (-) at point A. Let's say that it will take t=10 seconds to travel to point B. This is shown in figure 1. If an unthinkable amount of energy is now expended (the amount of energy our Sun has used up through its life time!), the surface warps into an omega shape, as shown in figure 2 where depending upon the amount of energy, the neck of the omega may even become in contact. If the ball travels from A to B along the warped surface, then it will take t=10s even though the surface is severely distorted. If however, it decides to punch through the energy field, ie. travel through the contact point of the omega, then it would have travelled from A to B in almost t=0s!!!

A B o o ---------

Fig.1 Ball travels from point A to point B in t=10s on surface (-).

/- | | A / B o | | o _/ _

Fig.2 The surface is warped to give an omega shape and the ball can travel through the narrow neck part in much LESS than t=10s.

The question is, can this scale of energy be created by colliding a particle in a future particle accelerator. At the point of collision, where the energy is released, and the space around it is curved. If another particle is injected into this energy field, where will this particle go?

Fred.