A Discussion of Space-Time Metric Engineering
- Harold G. White
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The Alcubierre Warp Drive Metric, wherein a spacecraft can appear to vastly exceed the speed of light without locally ever doing so, derived in , is reconsidered. It is shown that the underlying driving physical mechanism (at least in a mathematical sense) is not the expansion/contraction of the space surrounding the spacecraft via the York Time T . Rather, the driving mechanism is a boost that serves as a multiplier of the ship's initial velocity. This effect can in principle be likened to watching a movie in fast-forward. The expansion/contraction of space is merely a side effect of the warp drive's underlying mechanism - that can be viewed as sort of a Doppler effect, or stress/strain on space.
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- A Discussion of Space-Time Metric Engineering
General Relativity and Gravitation
Volume 35, Issue 11 , pp 2025-2033
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- Harold G. White (1)
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- 1. Lockheed Martin Space Operations, 2400 NASA Road 1, C33, Houston, Texas, 77058