Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Obstacles from interstellar matters and distortion in warp drive superluminal travel scenario
Department of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
2 Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
Accepted: 23 September 2022
Published online: 2 October 2022
We investigate obstacles of superluminal “warp drive” travels from interactions with interstellar matter and from curvature effects. The effect of collision of interstellar dust particles and photons with the spacecraft will all lead to a pressure proportional to the apparent velocity of the spaceship . The force exerted on the spacecraft from the curvature effect has two non-trivial components. The radial and longitudinal components scales as and respectively. The above obstacles become increasingly important when the spaceship travels at high superluminal speeds.
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