This week, Christopher Altman, a physicist, quantum technologist and a NASA-trained commercial astronaut provided a combination of answers to two submitted questions. The questions were from:
@uap studies italy "What role could metamaterials play in spacetime curvature? And how could one drive while enclosed in a bubble?"
And @KilliK: "If the Nimitz tic-tac is a real solid craft with exotic characteristics which seemingly defy our current understanding of physics, what kind of new physics is missing to make it possible? Does this imply there are many more groundbreaking things to discover about our universe? Why haven't we done so yet?”
The answers from Christopher Altman is below:
A definitive solution calls for the unification of relativity and quantum mechanics—the two are fundamentally incompatible. More specifically, what's needed is a unified theory of electromagnetism and gravity. Aside from not yet possessing the theoretical tools required to create such a device, it's also an extremely complicated engineering problem. Many of the theoretical models call for the requirement of huge masses that would exceed anything that would be possible to test on Earth.
Tentative solutions have come from the direction of strong electromagnetic fields, plasmas, and metamaterials. A warp bubble can be created using an appropriately shaped shell made of extremely dense material—complicated layers of concentric rings and disks of an extremely dense fluid of charged particles, much like the type of matter found in the interior of neutron stars.
Metamaterials can be harnessed as a highly compact and efficient tunable waveguide, enabling the creation of this complex arrangement of high-energy plasmas and magnetic fields that bends spacetime in its immediate vicinity, while the universe through which the bubble moves—and the space within the bubble—remain comparatively undisturbed. Time would move more slowly within the shell, as time is affected by gravity, and spacetime is curved within the bubble.
Another challenge comes from the fact that the occupants of the spaceship itself wouldn't be able to control the warp bubble. They'd lose all contact with the outside world due to the strong curvature of spacetime around them. One possibility is that the two extensions resembling pitot tubes that were observed jutting out of the bottom of the USS Nimitz incident “tic-tac” UAP are sensors employed as a potential workaround to this problem.