Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch


a Free Public Lecture presented by the

Australian Institute of Physics - S.A. Branch

Wormholes, Warp Drive, and Negative Energy

Prof. Larry H. Ford
Department of Physics,
Tufts University,
Medford, Massachussetts, U.S.A.

Wednesday, 14th July at 7.30 pm in the
Union Hall,
University of Adelaide

In recent years, it has been realized that Einstein's general theory of relativity appears to allow some bizarre possibilities. These include "wormholes", which would act as tunnels to otherwise distant parts of the universe, and "warp drive" spacetimes, in which faster-than-light travel seems to become possible. Either of these might also become a "time machine", allowing travel into the past or the future. All of these strange effects require "negative energy". This lecture will discuss some of the fundamental physics involved, and address the question; What are the limits of behavior allowed by the known laws of physics?

Members are invited to have dinner prior to the lecture from 6:00pm onwards in the Equinox restaurant in the Union building at the University of Adelaide. Bookings should be made by noon on the day of the lecture with the AIP-SA Secretary or with Ms. Tanya Weir on (08) 8303 5996.

A light supper will be available after the talk.

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