Let me begin with the fact I am a rube in the field of Quantum Physics. I seem to have an innate grasp of certain concepts but if it comes to proving theory with math, I’m out. That being said, I am completely fascinating with Miguel Alcubierre’s theory on collapsing, or “warping”, space between two points as to move a physical object across an impossible distance nearly instantly. This is stupendous as I have always theorized that speed is NOT the answer when it came to interstellar travel. Let’s face it, even if we could somehow manage to move at even .99c it would take over 4 years at a constant speed to reach Proxima Centauri, let alone “into the beyond”. With the Alcubierre Drive speed, it seems, is no longer a limiting factor.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

However, this raises a question regarding time dilation as the common derivative of the Schwarzschild metric, t = t0/(1-v2/c2)1/2, seems not to really apply at all as v (the speed of the moving object) is no longer a key factor. Everything is now relates to, I would imagine, the gravitational effect on space-time. Different pockets of space are affected by different pulls of gravity which in turn affects the rate of time. So what would the new equation look like?

As an example, let’s say a ship equipped with a functioning Alcubierre Drive travelled a distance of 16.73 LY and back again. The entire (33.46 LY) trip took less than three hours. I can’t imagine the same three hours the crew of the ship experienced would have been experiences back on Earth but the question is, how much time (t0) has passed in relation to the observers own frame of reference (Earth) to the crew of the ship?

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# Schwarzschild vs vs Alcubierre & Time Dilation

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