Scientists Accidentally Discover the World’s First ‘WARP BUBBLE’ And Open The Door To Traveling Faster Than Light
For the first time in history, a team of scientists has discovered a warping bubble – or ‘warp bubble,’ in English – that fits with the mathematics of the Alcubierre engine and allows it to travel faster than light without breaking Einstein’s special theory of relativity.
It’s an extraordinary finding that could lead us to other star systems in the not-too-distant future, but it’s a little closer than yesterday. The engine’s hypothesis, proposed in the 1990s by Mexican mathematician Miguel Alcubierre, permits a spacecraft to travel faster than light by curving space, expanding it behind the ship while contracting it at the bow. The effective distance between two places is thereby reduced, and the ship may be able to cover that distance faster than a photon moving through unwarped space.
A nanoscopic bubble
The crew was working on a different project for DARPA, the Pentagon’s advanced technology section, when they accidentally came across the bubble. The initial experiment, which is still ongoing, is looking into the prospect of harvesting energy from a phenomenon known as a Casimir cavity. This effect depicts the attraction between two metallic objects separated by a very short distance. There are fluctuations in the quantum vacuum within that distance, according to quantum field theory, caused by an imbalance of the vibrational modes of these metallic components. This imbalance produces a detectable non-gravitational force, causing the plates to move closer together.
However, the study asserts that the bubble has nothing to do with the Casimir cavity in principle. The Boundless Space Institute team, led by Dr. Harold G. “Sonny” White, discovered a structure that matched the warp bubble during one of the tests to examine the Casimir cavity phenomenon.
“Performing an analysis related to a DARPA-funded project to evaluate the possible structure of the energy density present in a Casimir cavity, as predicted by the dynamical vacuum model, a structure has been discovered to micro/nanoscale that predicts a negative energy density distribution that closely matches the requirements of the Alcubierre metric,” they write.
In an email conversation with The Debrief blog, Dr. White stated that what they have discovered is “a real warp bubble, albeit modest and tiny.” The scientist, who directed the NASA Eagleworks research group for many years, stated that the significance of this discovery is significant and opens up the possibility of hitherto imagined future practical uses.
Eagleworks was NASA’s advanced propulsion research group, where White worked to overcome the massive power consumption issues raised by Alcubierre’s equations. His work was successful in reducing these energy requirements, suggesting for the first time a feasible solution that would allow mankind to travel to other star systems, something that is now only possible in science fiction series such as Star Trek.
If we can ever develop theory and technology to the point where energy requirements are manageable and materials are strong enough. For the time being, that is still centuries away.
As a result, the significance of this unintentional discovery, which Dr. White discussed in a talk at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ propulsion energy forum last August, but whose results and conclusions have been reviewed and published in the scientific journal ‘European Physical Journal. Their next step will not be to look into the curvature bubble any further. As tempting as it may appear, she insists that they first complete the DARPA-funded research on Casimir cavities.
Dr. White says the next step is to build a nanoscopic spacecraft, “a 1-micron-diameter sphere model located in the center of a four-micron-diameter cylinder.” to examine this bubble of curvature further. According to The Debrief, the investigator did not elaborate since the probe could be classified as confidential by the Pentagon.