Hyper-fast interstellar travel via a modification of spacetime geometry (Conference) | SciTech Connect
You are accessing a document from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SciTech Connect. This site is a product of DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) and is provided as a public service. Visit OSTI to utilize additional information resources in energy science and technology. A paper copy of this document is also available for sale to the public from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA at We analyze difficulties with proposals for hyper-fast interstellar travel via modifying the spacetime geometry, using as illustrations the Alcubierre warp drive and the Krasnikov tube. As it is easy to see, no violations of local causality or any other known physical principles are involved as far as motion of spacecrafts is concerned. However, the generation and support of the appropriate spacetime geometry configurations does create problems, the most significant of which are a violation of the weak energy condition, a violation of local causality, and a violation of the global causality protection. The violation of the chronology protection is the most serious of them as it opens a possibility of time travel. We trace the origin of the difficulties to the classical nature of the gravity field. This strongly indicates that hyper-fast interstellar travel should be transferred to the realm of a fully quantized gravitational theory. We outline an approach to further the research in this direction. Conference: NASA Lewis Research Center meeting on breakthrough propulsion physics, Cleveland, OH (United States), 12-14 Aug 1997, Other Information: PBD: Aug 1997 Type in a name, or the first few letters of a name, in one or both of appropriate search boxes above and select the search button. An attempt will be made to match authors that most closely relate to the text you typed. No authors are currently selected. Choosing ‘Select These Authors’ will enter a blank value for author search in the parent form. Source.