# Alcubierre warp drive: On the matter of matter

@article{McMonigal2012AlcubierreWD, title={Alcubierre warp drive: On the matter of matter}, author={Brendan McMonigal and Geraint F. Lewis and Philip O'Byrne}, journal={Physical Review D}, year={2012}, volume={85}, pages={064024} }

The Alcubierre warp drive allows a spaceship to travel at an arbitrarily large global velocity by deforming the spacetime in a bubble around the spaceship. Little is known about the interactions between massive particles and the Alcubierre warp drive, or the effects of an accelerating or decelerating warp bubble. We examine geodesics representative of the paths of null and massive particles with a range of initial velocities from $\ensuremath{-}c$ to $c$ interacting with an Alcubierre warp…

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