VIDEO: A thorough look into wormholes for faster than light travel

08/02/2016 - 02:51

Isaac Arthur

In Episode 4 we look at the concept of wormholes, how they derive from General Relativity, the various different types and theories, and some under-considered uses of wormholes. We'll also discuss some myths and misunderstandings of the concept.

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Ref: Matt Visser. "Traversable wormholes: Some simple examples. arXiv - General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (1989) |


Building on the work of Morris, Thorne, and Yurtsever, some particularly simple examples of traversable wormholes are exhibited. These examples are notable both because the analysis is not limited to spherically symmetric cases, and because it is possible to in some sense minimize the use of exotic matter. In particular, it is possible for a traveller to traverse such a wormhole without passing through a region of exotic matter. As in previous analyses, the weak energy condition is violated in these traversable wormholes.