warp drives are generic conceptual space travel mechanisms that try to work around physical limits in the speed of propagation of light imposed by special relativity. Usually they resort to speculative science (exotic matter), or phenomena that are not yet well understood or is hard to make ...

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Looking out from the inside of an Alcubierre bubble

Disregarding the difficulties in achieving a warp "bubble" as per Alcubierre's theoretical warp drive, as far as I understand it the geometry of the spacetime that arises is mathematically sound. ...
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“Warp-drive” thought experiment

Why wouldn't this "warp-drive" work? Assuming we can build a flywheel that can survive near light speed and have an onboard power storage or beamed energy that can spin it up to that speed and back ...
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Einstein field equations and SEM tensor + Alcubierre

I wonder how I can find, using the Einstein field equations, the SEM tensor in a region of space with a function $k(x,y,x)$ that describes the curvature of space in that region at a moment (so it is ...
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What are negative and positive energies? [closed]

So I have a few questions related to the negative and positive energy topic. 1)What do we mean by negative and positive energies in physics? 2)I have seen in a minute physics video that we need ...
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Could an Alcubierre Drive modify a gravitational field? [closed]

I'm a high school student, so I have no clue if warping spacetime has any effect on gravitational fields, but the two seemed to be linked based on what I've watched and read. And if a warp drive is ...
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What do you see if you directly observe your destination while in warp? [closed]

Say you are traveling in a warp bubble towards Earth from 10,000 lightyears away with an ETA of 24 hours. On the front of your ship, you mount a high powered telescope pointed directly at Earth (your ...
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Warp Drive conundrum - Speculative science question [closed]

Let me begin by stating that this question about Warp Engines/Drives, which i understand is a speculative, also I am not a Professional scientist or someone with a degree in physics. The question will ...
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Why is an Alcubierre drive shaped like it is

When I look up the Alcubierre drive I keep seeing that the drive powering the bubble is shaped like a circle - is this necessary for the creating of the "warp bubble" that travels forward? Does the ...
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What is the difference between the expansion of space and the Alcubierre drive?

The Alcubierre drive violates causality. As far as I know the expansion of space does not. The usual explanation for why space is allowed to go FTL is that the matter doesn't move. The Alcubierre ...
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How does a world line of an Alcubierre drive look like?

In my recent question ”Speed of light and warp drives in general relativity” I asked exactly how an Alcubierre drive worked and exactly what "FTL travel" meant. One of the comments I got stated that: ...
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Speed of light and warp drives in general relativity

Velocities can be a tricky thing in general relativity. A cool concept seemly consistent with the Einstein field equations) is an Alcubierre drive, described by the Alcubierre metric. However, I ...
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The effect of multiple Alcubierre rings

In all of the descriptions and visualizations I've ever seen of the Alcubierre drive but one, it takes the form of a single ring or toroid surrounding a spherical volume of flat space. The exception ...
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Exotic matter out of a “squeezed” vacuum?

In the light of the current warp field experiments by NASA I found this paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1005.5682v1.pdf Could this actually lead to the creation of exotic matter or at least strengthen ...
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Is every spacetime metric physically realizable?

Is every spacetime metric physically realizable? I know that given any spacetime metric, you could work out a stress-energy tensor for each position that would result in that metric. However, I also ...
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Would an Alcubierre drive actually allow FTL travel? [duplicate]

If I do not phrase this question right, please forgive me in advance because I am a layman on the subject of physics, but a software engineer, nonetheless. I do understand many technical subjects. ...
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Can the Alcubierre Drive be explained by Gravitoelectromagnetism? [closed]

Even though there is no experimental evidence, that the Alcubierre drive works. The Einstein field equations permit this solution. For Gravitoelectromagnetism there are hints and ongoing efforts to ...
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Does a mass gain inertia against movement in all directions as it approaches the speed of light?

If a mass moves along the x axis at near the speed of light, does it take as much energy to additionally accelerate the mass along the y axis as it does to accelerate it along the x axis by the same ...
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Alcubierre drive and inertia.

What is the inertia or velocity of a vehicle upon exiting or shutting down an Alcubierre bubble? Would the vehicle maintain the velocity it had in the bubble? I'm not sure I asked the question in a ...
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Can an underdensity in space act as a negative matter density powering a warp drive?

Consider a homogeneous isotropic universe filled with a perfect fluid with density $\rho$ and pressure $P = \rho/w$. E.g. for $w=-1$ we get a universe equivalent to one with "vacuum energy" or with ...
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How could we travel to the nearest supermassive Black hole?

I have just watched a trailer for the upcoming movie Interstellar and started to wonder about some physics involved. In the end of the trailer, they are obviously plunging into a Black hole hoping to ...
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The Alcubierre drive and closed timelike curves

Under what conditions would it be possible to create closed timelike curves, assuming an Alcubierre drive could exist? Would it be possible to have the latter without the former? See here for ...
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Space Warps & Frame Invariance

The Alcubierre Warp Drive in Higher Dimensional Spacetime (H. G. White & E. W. Davis), among other sources, proposes that the x-axis symmetry paradox for Alcubierre-style warp drives can be ...
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How does the Alcubierre drive warp space in the vicinity of it's destination?

I don't understand how this could work. So lets say the drive is set to go 30,000,000 meters in a straight line to get to a distant planet. Now lets say the ship size is 20 meters. Now let's make ...
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What happens when some asteroid comes in the way of warp drive?

Recently Harold white, NASA scientist shared his knowledge and the things he is working on. That is Warp drive for interstellar navigation. This spaceship compresses the space in front of it and ...
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How does “warp drive” not violate Special Relativity causality constraints?

I'm talking about this nonsense: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/06/11/this-is-the-amazing-design-for-nasas-star-trek-style-space-ship-the-ixs-enterprise/ Now, I'm aware that ...
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What would be the resulting effect of two ships passing near each other while using a Alcubierre drive

So, I don't have any formal background in physics or space. but I read about the Alcubierre drive, and now I'm curious. If two ships passed one another, what sort of interference would be generated? ...
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Does the Alcubierre drive use negative energy to compress space infront of it?

The contraction in most images looks like a gravity well. Is it that you use negative energy to BOTH contract and expand space or positive and negative to contract (positive energy) and then expand ...
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Why does the alcubierre drive get roasted by hawking radiation?

I read that an alcubierre drive would get destroyed by hawking radiation inside the warp bubble. Where does this hawking radiation come from? And why does it only happen to objects inside the bubble? ...
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'Warp'- type travel; is it possible?

I just re-read an article about space travel, and the same article claimed that Star Trek-type 'warp' nuclear engines ARE theoretically possible, but that it will take around 500 years for humans to ...
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How does someone move space?

I've heard that we've known components of the universe appear to be flying apart faster than $c$, and that this can happen because the space containing these materials are also moving apart. How does ...
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How Would an Alcubierre Drive “ride” a Wave of Spacetime?

The colloquial explanation is that the spacetime in front of a ship contracts and the spacetime behind expands. I see how one could think that this would bring you closer, but I don't see that it ...
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Why does the Alcubierre drive require negative energy?

The Alcubierre drive is an idea for a faster-than-light spaceship. It works by contracting space-time in front of the ship, and expanding it behind the ship. Physicists say that this requires the use ...
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Doesn't Warp theory violate causality?

I have heard many physicists (ex:- Michio Kaku) saying "Warp speed" from Star Trek doesn't violate any known physical laws. But doesn't it violate causality? Say, we make warp drive possible and ...
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How do we derive force/acceleration vectors from Einstein's field equations?

I'm new here and I don't have any formal experience in physics beyond A-level. I've been exploring an idea for a space sim game someone else is developing in which propulsion of a spacecraft is ...
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Quantum Thrusters and Warp Drives [duplicate]

Any reservations about the potential of this (given in the link below/title above)? Does it seem like a helpless attempt or something which might have the potential of developing into something real? ...
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How much Energy to create a 'warp field' according to White?

An Alcubierre Drive is a hypothetical device that can move a place someplace else faster than the speed of light without violating known laws of physics. This paper provides some equations as to the ...
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What's going on along the “sides” of an Alcubierre warp bubble?

The models/depictions I've seen of warp bubbles show space compressed ahead of the bubble and expanded behind, so that the space inside the bubble moves with respect to the space outside. If that is ...
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Interaction of external light or matter and an Alcubierre warp bubble

For a hypothetical vehicle traveling in an Alcubierre bubble at faster-than-light (FTL) velocities, what would happen when the leading edge of the bubble encounters incident particles or photons? ...
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Does the warp drive theorically allows travels between other universes? [closed]

Does the warp drive allow to travel between universes? Even in a level 2 multiverse?
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Alcubierre Drive

I am a layman. I am aware that the Alcubierre Drive has not yet been proven to be possible, but there is something about the concept itself that I am confused about. If there is no movement within the ...
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Why Can We Observe Space Curvature / Warping At All?

I don't understand why we are able to see and measure curvature / warping of space at all. Space as I understand it determines distances between objects, so if space were "compressed" or warped, ...
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Could Space Travel be achieved using a very strong magnetic field to warp space?

An Alcubierre Warp Drive could theoretically achieve faster than light space travel but requires exotic matter or negative energy to compress space in front of the spaceship and expand space behind ...
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Would warp bubbles emit gravitational Cerenkov radiation in general relativity?

Inspired by the gravtiomagnetic analogy, I would expect that just as a charged tachyon would emit normal (electromagetic) Cerenkov radiation, any mass-carrying warp drive would emit gravitational ...
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Alcubierre warp bubble effect on gravity and space

I read the question Faster-than-light communication using Alcubierre warp drive metric around a single qubit?, and these questions came to mind: What kind of impact would an Alcubierre warp bubble ...
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Can we use a warp bubble for nuclear fusion?

I understand NASA is now experimenting with a tweaked Alcubierre drive. Apperantly some physicists predict crazy heat (hotter than the sun) inside the warp bubble caused by Hawking radiation (recent ...
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Could dark energy be heat? Could dark matter be stuff that is not seen because of its refraction limits?

Heat has to go somewhere. Would the light and heat of the stars in the universe amount up to being dark matter ...and dark energy ... Dark matter would just be small pieces of stuff. Dark energy ...
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Relationship between Alcubierre drive space-time evolution and speed of gravity

The top rated answer to this question about the Alcubierre drive asserts, "spacetime can dynamically evolve in a way which apparently violates special relativity," but according to the Wikipedia ...
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Harold White's work on the Alcubierre warp drive

I've read a bit on Harold White's recent work. (A paper on Nasa's site) I haven't been able to find any comments by people claiming to know anything about the physics involved. Is this really serious? ...
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Exotic Matter — What is it?

I have a conceptual understanding of some theoretical physics concepts, so without getting into the math, what is exotic matter? I have read some articles that say it is anything not normal, while ...
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warp drive with gravitational waves in the nonlinear regime

gravitational waves are strictly transversal (in the linear regime at least), also their amplitudes are tiny even for cosmic scale events like supernovas or binary black holes (at least far away, ...