Warp Drive Propulsion within Maxwell’s Equations

Todd J. Desiato & Ricardo C. Storti

Abstract

 

The possibility of engineering an electromagnetic propulsion system that propels its own mass and
4-current density to an arbitrary superluminal velocity, while experiencing no time dilation or length
contraction is discussed. The Alcubierre “warp drive” metric space-time is compared to an electromagnetic
field, superimposed onto an array of time varying 4-current density sources. From the Relativistic
Lagrangian densities, an electromagnetic version of the Alcubierre metric is derived. It is shown that the
energy condition violation required by the metric, is provided by the interaction term of the Lagrangian
density. Negative energy density exists as the relative potential energy between the sources. This
interaction results in a macroscopic quantum phase shift, as is found in the Bohm-Aharonov Effect,
manifested as the Lorentz force. The energy density of the vacuum field is positive and derived from the
free electromagnetic field. Using a polarizable vacuum approach, this energy density may also be
interpreted as negative resulting from a negative, relative permittivity. Conservation laws then lead to the
interpretation of the free electromagnetic field as the reaction force of the propulsion system, radiated away
behind the sources. The metric components and the Lorentz force are shown to be independent of the
forward group velocity “ vs ”. Therefore, velocities vs > c may be permitted.

 

Reference: Desiato, T. J. & Storti, R. C. (2003 January 27). Warp Drive Propulsion within Maxwell’s Equations. PACS numbers: 03.03.+p, 03.50.De, 04.20.Cv, 04.25.Dm, 04.40.Nr, 04.50.+h.     © Todd J. Desiato & Ricardo C. Storti. Reproduced with permission.
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