We have a model of electricity which says electrons flow from one place to another. We have a model of optics which says that photons go from one place to another. As I understand, there is currently research for a similar model to explain gravity (the hypothetical "graviton").
Is there a similar approach to kinetic energy? That is a theory which is based on small information packages traveling from one atom to another to change it's velocity?
Background: I'm researching material for a hypothetical space drive for aliens in a SciFi story that I'm writing which is based on direct kinetic energy manipulation (DKEM). The idea is that instead of throwing stuff around, they directly manipulate the kinetic energy of the matter that makes up the space ship.