Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3164-3178

Defense Date

2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Physics and Applied Physics

First Advisor

Robert H. Gowdy

Abstract

The concept of faster than light travel in general relativity is examined, starting with a review of the Alcubierre metric. This spacetime, although incredible in its implications, has certain unavoidable problems which are discussed in detail. It is demonstrated that in order to describe faster than light travel without any ambiguities, a coordinate independent description is much more convenient. An alternative method of describing superluminal travel is then proposed, which has similarities to the Krasnikov tube.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-7-2018

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