For the longest time, we’ve been plagued by a single question – is faster-than-light travel a myth, or is it a reality? Now, using the current rocket technology would take us around 6300 years to reach the star nearest to our sun, which is far from what faster than light travel means. However, Dr. Erik Lentz, a physicist, has finally found an answer to this long-standing question. In a recent study, Dr. Erik Lentz traced or rather outlined a way that a rocket could, theoretically, travel faster than light!
The theory of “warp-drives” when talking about faster than light travel have been theorized before, however, they often rely on theories that break the laws of physics. A warp drive technically works by generating warp fields to form a subspace bubble that surrounds and envelopes the spaceship, distorting the spacetime continuum and moving it at velocities greater or equal to that of light. These theories of warp drives, such as that of Alcubierre, mainly rely on concepts of “negative energy”. However, Dr. Lentz has developed a theory of a warp drive that would work within the confines of physics.
A scientist from Göttingen University has theorized “solitons”. These “solitons”, according to Dr. Lentz, can travel at any speed possible while obeying the laws of physics. A “soliton” is a “warp bubble”. It is a compact wave that acts like a particle while maintaining its shape and constant velocity. According to Dr. Lentz, he simply looked over other works regarding the warp drives and discovered gaps, which then resulted in his theory of the warp bubble.
In the words of Dr. Lentz, a soliton can “create a conducting plasma and classical electromagnetic fields”. Both of these concepts adhere to the boundaries of physics and obey Einstein’s theory of relativity. However, there is a catch, this theory is still very much in the “idea” phase right now as the amount of energy it will need isn’t possible to generate using modern, contemporary technology. Dr. Lentz said, “The energy savings would need to be drastic, of approximately 30 orders of magnitude to be in the range of modern nuclear fission reactors”.
Taking all debates into consideration, this does mean that we are one step closer to faster than light travel as the astrophysicist said he would now focus all his efforts on creating a workable version of this technology. Dr. Lentz said, “ this work has moved the problem of faster than light travel one step away from theoretical research in fundamental physics and closer to engineering”. His research is published in the Journal of Classical and Quantum Gravity where you can find even more information regarding space travel. For now, you can just sit back and relish this important victory on our way to make faster than light travel possible.
Reported by: Ehtisham