Miguel Alcubierre – The Alcubierre Warp Drive

Physics says the Star Trek “Warp Drive” is possible, but building one won’t be easy – and creating one involves exotic concepts in physics like negative energy that may not even exist. We’re joined by Dr. Miguel Alcubierre, who proposed the Alcubierre Drive in a 1994 paper as a theoretical solution to the field equations of General Relativity to allow the creation of a Star-Trek type warp.

About Our Guest

Dr. Alcubierre is the Director of the Nuclear Sciences Institute at UNAM, and joins us today to discuss his vision for faster-than-light travel.

Alcubierre’s proposed Warp Drive solution was first published as “The Warp Drive: Hyper-fast travel within general relativity” in the science journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. In this, he describes the Alcubierre drive, a theoretical means of traveling faster than light that does not violate the physical principle that nothing can locally travel faster than light.

In this paper, he constructed a model that might transport a volume of flat space inside a “bubble” of curved space. This bubble, named as Hyper-relativistic local-dynamic space, is driven forward by a local expansion of space-time behind it, and an opposite contraction in front of it, so that theoretically a spaceship would be placed in motion by forces generated in the change made by space-time.