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Warp drive basics

By SpaceRef Editor
March 10, 2021
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Miguel Alcubierre, Francisco S. N. Lobo

“Warp drive” spacetimes and wormhole geometries are useful as “gedanken-experiments” that force us to confront the foundations of general relativity, and among other issues, to precisely formulate the notion of “superluminal” travel and communication. Here we will consider the basic definition and properties of warp drive spacetimes. In particular, we will discuss the violation of the energy conditions associated with these spacetimes, as well as some other interesting properties such as the appearance of horizons for the superluminal case, and the possibility of using a warp drive to create closed timelike curves. Furthermore, due to the horizon problem, an observer in a spaceship cannot create nor control on demand a warp bubble. To contour this difficulty, we discuss a metric introduced by Krasnikov, which also possesses the interesting property in that the time for a round trip, as measured by clocks at the starting point, can be made arbitrarily short.

Comments: 17 pages, 5 figures. Contributed chapter to the book “Wormholes, Warp Drives and Energy Conditions,” Fundam. Theor. Phys. 189 (2017) (Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series, Springer Nature). arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:0710.4474; text overlap with arXiv:1008.1127, arXiv:gr-qc/0406083, arXiv:gr-qc/0204038

Subjects: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); High Energy Physics – Theory (hep-th)

Journal reference: Fundam.Theor.Phys. 189 (2017) 257-279

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55182-1\_11

Cite as: arXiv:2103.05610 [gr-qc] (or arXiv:2103.05610v1 [gr-qc] for this version)

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