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 bubble, how is time measured inside the bubble? If there is no velocity, what is time measured against?

  • $\begingroup$ It's orthogonal to your question, but note that Alcubierre Drive's require an exotic form of matter (with negative energy density) unlike any we have evidence for existing. Such matter leads to other bizarre effects within the framework of general relativity, including some related to closed time-like curves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 18:14
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    $\begingroup$ More on Alcubierre Drive: physics.stackexchange.com/search?q=is%3Aq+alcubierre $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic
    Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ It may be unlikely to get a good answer, because this subject has many questions before. I would encourage you to edit your question, and in doing so, present your logical thought process to the best of your ability. The more specific, the more likely someone can offer quality information. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 21:44

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The passage of time inside the bubble will be the same as outside the bubble; the passengers inside the bubble will be able to transfer between points separated by vast distances as if they were effectively moving faster than the speed of light but locally this is not the case since it is impossible to move faster than the speed of light locally. The bubble itself will have regions of incredible tidal forces and time dilation however the positive and negative curvatures will in a way cancel out around at the bubbles surface making this possible.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes..... "possible" $\endgroup$
    – Jim
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 18:30

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