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  References for warp drive and wormhole physics

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What are some references on the physics of warp drives and wormholes? To be precise, I am looking for some books or papers that preferably do all of the following:

  • Overview the current understandings of the classical solutions (one or more) to the Einstein equations which may allow superluminal travel to a sufficiently advanced civilization,
  • Discuss quantum field-theoretic roadblocks or advancements to the theory including possible quantum gravitational contributions,
  • Do so at at least a graduate level understanding of physics (no "censoring" of mathematics).

    Or otherwise prepare the reader with the tools to analyze the physics by themself.

I have seen a paper claiming that a semiclassical analysis suggests that warp drives are unstable (https://arxiv.org/pdf/0904.0141.pdf), but had trouble following why the authors were calculating the things they were–if some reference elucidates the arguments to a level assuming no prior experience in the field apart from necessary background, that would be ideal.

asked Aug 16, 2021 in Resources and References by Quantumnessie (90 points) [ no revision ]

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I am not up to date on the literature, but here is a recent "review paper" I remember: https://arxiv.org/abs/2103.05610

Good luck!

answered Aug 16, 2021 by anonymous [ no revision ]
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I have found a couple more references, which I will list here in case anyone else may have interest:

  • https://arxiv.org/abs/2102.06824 Introducing Physical Warp Drives by Alexey Bobrick and Gianni Martire
  • Wormholes, Warp Drives and Energy Conditions (Fundamental Theories of Physics, 189) edited by Francisco Lobo
    • Lobo has a handful of papers on arxiv about wormholes and warp drives as well, one of which was given by the anonymous answerer almost a year ago

I will edit this list in case I find any outstanding literature in the future.

answered Jul 2, 2022 by Quantumnessie (90 points) [ revision history ]

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