Casimir Energy, Extra Dimensions and Exotic Propulsion

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R. Obousy; A. Saharian (2011), JBIS, 64, 214-223

Refcode: 2011.64.214
Keywords: Casimir effect, warp drive, extra dimensions, false vacuum, modulus stabilization, dark energy, FTL propulsion

Abstract:
It is well known that the Casimir effect is an excellent candidate for the stabilization of the extra dimensions. It has also been suggested that the Casimir effect in higher dimensions may be the underlying phenomenon that is responsible for the dark energy which is currently driving the accelerated expansion of the universe. In this paper we suggest that, in principle, it may be possible to directly manipulate the size of an extra dimension locally using Standard Model fields in the next generation of particle accelerators. This adjustment of the size of the higher dimension could serve as a technological mechanism to locally adjust the dark energy density and change the local expansion of spacetime. This idea holds tantalizing possibilities in the context of exotic spacecraft propulsion.

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