[ExI] [Extropolis] DARPA researchers accidently create nanoscale warp bubble using Casimir force

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 14:42:04 UTC 2021

Cool! I don't know the source ("The Debrief') and can't say if it's
real or fake (you never know these days), but they link to a paper
published in a physics journal:

On Tue, Dec 7, 2021 at 3:07 PM Stuart LaForge <avant at sollegro.com> wrote:
> I haven't had time to properly read this yet because I am rushing out
> the door to work, but I damn near spit out my morning coffee when I
> read this. :)
> https://thedebrief.org/darpa-funded-researchers-accidentally-create-the-worlds-first-warp-bubble/
> https://epjc.epj.org/articles/epjc/abs/2021/07/10052_2021_Article_9484/10052_2021_Article_9484.html
> Abstract
> While conducting analysis related to a DARPA-funded project to
> evaluate possible structure of the energy density present in a Casimir
> cavity as predicted by the dynamic vacuum model, a micro/nano-scale
> structure has been discovered that predicts negative energy density
> distribution that closely matches requirements for the Alcubierre
> metric. The simplest notional geometry being analyzed as part of the
> DARPA-funded work consists of a standard parallel plate Casimir cavity
> equipped with pillars arrayed along the cavity mid-plane with the
> purpose of detecting a transient electric field arising from vacuum
> polarization conjectured to occur along the midplane of the cavity. An
> analytic technique called worldline numerics was adapted to
> numerically assess vacuum response to the custom Casimir cavity, and
> these numerical analysis results were observed to be qualitatively
> quite similar to a two-dimensional representation of energy density
> requirements for the Alcubierre warp metric. Subsequently, a toy model
> consisting of a 1 m diameter sphere centrally located in a 4 m
> diameter cylinder was analyzed to show a three-dimensional Casimir
> energy density that correlates well with the Alcubierre warp metric
> requirements. This qualitative correlation would suggest that
> chip-scale experiments might be explored to attempt to measure tiny
> signatures illustrative of the presence of the conjectured phenomenon:
> a real, albeit humble, warp bubble.
> Stuart LaForge
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