Debates ensue elsewhere, however, whether the popular science fiction trope is indeed close to reality.
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Per an archived July 13, 2021 report from ScientificAmerican.com, “Star Trek’s Warp Drive Leads to New Physics,” the perennial science fiction television series continues to inspire our boldest scientific thinkers.
As excerpted from the article: For Erik Lentz, it all started with Star Trek. Every few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard would raise his hand and order, “Warp one, engage!” Then stars became dashes, and light-years flashed by at impossible speed. And Lentz, still in elementary school, wondered whether warp drive might also work in real life.
We will follow up on Lentz’ ensuing work in the next section, below, but these next words elaborate upon his inspiration: “At some point, I realized that the technology didn’t exist,” Lentz says. He studied physics at the University of Washington, wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on dark matter and generally became far too busy to be concerned with science fiction. But then, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Lentz found himself alone in Göttingen, Germany, where he was doing postdoctoral work. He suddenly had plenty of free time on his hands—and childhood fancies in his head.
Does the technology finally exist, then, nearly a year-and-a-half following the publication of the Scientific American piece?
Let us explore further.
Warp Drive Technology, 2022
According to a December 4th article from TheConversation.com via Yahoo News, entitled “Warp Drives: Physicists Give Chances of Faster-Than-Light Space Travel a Boost,” efforts to realize the science fiction trope have been re-energized by Lentz and two other highly-respected physicists.
From the article: If humanity ever wants to travel easily between stars, people will need to go faster than light. But so far, faster-than-light travel is possible only in science fiction... Two recent papers – one by Alexey Bobrick and Gianni Martire and another by Erik Lentz – provide solutions that seem to bring warp drives closer to reality. Bobrick and Martire realized that by modifying spacetime within the bubble in a certain way, they could remove the need to use negative energy. This solution, though, does not produce a warp drive that can go faster than light.
While television series such as “Star Trek” popularized the mode of travel, and science fiction fantasies such as “Star Wars” implied similar capabilities, to date realizing the mode has been a dream.
That dream, incidentally, is now actively being re-scrutinized worldwide due to the efforts of Bobrick, Martire, and Lentz, per recent reports.
As TheConversation.com article further mentioned: Independently, Lentz also proposed a solution that does not require negative energy. He used a different geometric approach to solve the equations of General Relativity, and by doing so, he found that a warp drive wouldn’t need to use negative energy. Lentz’s solution would allow the bubble to travel faster than the speed of light.
It should be noted the author of the article, Mario Borunda, is himself a physicist who concluded in the piece that the recent developments, though exciting, are mathematical models. “As a physicist,” he said, “I won’t fully trust models until we have experimental proof. Yet, the science of warp drives is coming into view.”
It appears “soon” may be up for debate, as it appears to this layman we are still a long way off from realized warp drives, but if the physicists referenced above have their way this will “soon” be a rectified matter.
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