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Is The Alcubierre Warp Drive Possible? | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

Is mankind capable of achieving warp speed?

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Inspired by Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, physicist Miguel Alcubierre set out to transform one of the cornerstones of science fiction iconography, the Warp Drive, into reality. But is it even possible? Can we “warp” the fabric of reality so that we can break the speed of light? And why is NASA actually exploring this potentiality? Join Matt on this week’s episode to learn the physics of what’s physically possible!

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REFERENCES:

Alcubierre 1994
http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0009013

Krasnikov 1995
http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9511068

Van Den Broeck 1999
http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9906050

Krasnikov 2002
http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0207057

Harold White, Warp Field Mechanics 101
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20110015936.pdf

Harold White, Warp Field Mechanics 102
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20130011213.pdf

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