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Re: starship-design: More Specific about FTL/ZPE


You wrote:
>Maybe It would be possible to travel to Tau Ceti at relativistic
>velocity, and later on construct some sort of rapid transit/FTL passage
>between here and tc. There's that nagging problem: Where do we get exotic
>matter? Oh, well...

That "exotic matter" is just a terminology, what the writer (Miguel
Alcubierre) probably means is that he doesn't want to speculate about how we
might transform space-time.
It is likely that the presence of energy/matter will do the transformation.
My guess though is that the energy densities needed are far beyond what we
like it too be.
It are these energy densities that this group may be interested in. How can
they be accomplished?

>When I said "We have done plenty of it (estimating)", I meant scientists
>in general, but mostly the groups I work with on FTL, ZPE, and DST. Most
>of their claims don't hold up: Once they were excited about the fact
>that superconducting coils twitch when current is applied. I told them to try
>it in a vacuum. No twitching then. I guess they hadn't heard of transient
>electro-magnetic effects. But there have been some of their ideas that have
>worked out.

(What does DST stand for?)

What "twitching" are you talking about, you don't mean the "Josephson
effect", don't you?
Why do you say "Most of their claims don't hold up"? It doesn't strengthen
your case...

>I have tried some, but so far the results are inconclusive. And to build
>superconductors I need to find a parts to build a liquid nitrogen bath, as
>well as other things.

You've tried *some*? (What exactly do you mean?) Are you talking about ZPE?

>I cannot give an exact size for the drive, but I would say that in order
>for it to give enough space so as to prevent tidal disruption of the
>starship, a radius of at least 1.25 ship radii (longest dimension, probably
>As far as the drive weight, it wouldn't have to be exceptionally heavy, but
>it would be big.
>This is just a theory, but I would use a lightweight, superconducting metal
>for its construction. I don't know, maybe it won't work at all, but it is
>The drive segments (probably 2, one in front, other in back) would be placed
>as I said earlier at the very least 1.25 ship radii in front and back of the
>starships non-drive portion. These estimates are the result of long study,
>and "best-guess".

Does this idea have a name, so that we might find more information about it?
Or can you give us (me) more pointers?

>ZPE is theoretically accomplished by placing two charged superconducting
>plates within a nanometer of one another.

When you say "accomplished", what do you mean with that word?
>From what I've read about this "Casimir effect", all that is shown, is that
energy is present, but the same would be true for two electrical energy
present between electrically charged plates.
As result we can't use the Casimir effect to turn it into something useful.

>Negative energy density has been witnessed in the casimir cavity.

Negative *energy* or *particles(wave packets)* with negative energy?
Quantum physics indeed tells us about virtual particles (particles with
negative energy), they are at a lot of places where forces play a role.
Even between two electrically charged plates there are virtual particles
(photons). The trouble is that we cannot turn around the negative energy
into positive energy.

>The most recently published idea is a device that can
>generate up to 100,000 times as much energy as is put into it.

Put into it is a relative term. Normal batteries aren't charged in advance
either, but we don't assume that they get their energy from ZPE.
Keeping ZPE apart from another (yet not fully understood) phenomenon is
essential to not confuse other people.
I'm suggesting that the device(s) you are talking about, may not tap ZPE at
all. All that is known, is that the energy output per mass-unit lies above
that what we can expect from chemical reactions.


BTW. Almost every single line of your message appears with the last word on
a new line. Is there a way that you do something about your linewidth?

P.S. Kyle, I'm sorry sending this message twice to you.