Eric Linz, an astrophysicist from the University of Göttingen, Germany, proposed a theoretical solution to create so-called warp motors, which could propel spacecraft at speeds faster than the speed of light.
Classical and Quantum Gravity notes that if such engines were created, humans would be able to reach nearby planets and return within a few years, instead of tens of thousands of years.
Warp drives, which are fictional spacecraft engines, are mentioned in many science fiction books. It is believed that spacecraft equipped with such engines will move in space at a speed higher than the speed of light, and thus will cut distances between stars in a time suitable for a generation of people.
Of course, in theory, moving at a speed higher than the speed of light is possible if the dark energy is redistributed in outer space around the craft, so that there is an excess of it behind it, and a region of negative energy in front of it. But firstly – we don’t currently know anything about dark energy. And secondly – based on Einstein’s theory of relativity, to redistribute a large number of hypothetical matter particles, which have strange properties, we need huge amounts of energy.
But the results of the new study at the University of Göttingen allow these problems to be overcome with the help of a new class of solitary, ultra-fast and stable solitary waves (warp bubbles), which can be obtained from positive energy sources, without the need for negative energy.
According to Dr. Eric Linz’s description, the theoretically possible configurations of spacetime bending – merging waves – can retain their shape and move at the desired speed. And the spacecraft placed inside this bubble will move along with the silicon itself.
If we can generate enough power, Linz says, the trip to the star Proxima Centauri inside the warp bubble would take, according to his calculations, only four years, while using current technology it would take more than 50,000 years.
Linz says, “This study presented the issue of traveling at a speed higher than the speed of light another step in the field of basic theoretical studies in physics and engineering. The next step will be to clarify how to reduce the enormous amount of energy needed, to the level of technologies currently used, such as nuclear reactors. On creating prototypes. “