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Faster Than The Speed of Light

Faster Than The Speed of Light

It started in 2007 when German scientists announced that they had broken the speed of light barrier.  The pair conducted an experiment in which microwave photons – energetic packets of light – travelled “instantaneously” between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.  The discovery was largely ignored and was dismissed as dubious mathematics considering the extremely short distance of travel which created the likelihood of a larger margin of error in even the most careful calculations.

Then in the 2020’s, the latest generation of circular particle accelerator, known at the Divine Dragon, was built in China to showcase the Chinese full emergence into a world superpower.  Because the Chinese were focused more on headline grabbing news than the tedium of scientific exploration, the Divine Dragon was built for the sole purpose of speeding particles to the limits of light speed.  The result was achieving what had been presumed to be impossible, acceleration of the particles beyond the speed of light.

This was a theoretical impossibility.  A convergence of world scientists on the Devine Dragon analyzed the data and had to conclude that while the existing theories of relativity could be used for the kinds of accuracies needed for the technology of the day, the base tenant to those theories, that the speed of light is a constant, had to be abandoned.

“Our current uses for the formulas developed from the theory of relativity are not unlike our use of calculus to determine volumes of irregular shapes,” Dr. Liangying Xu, Director of the Divine Dragon facility explained. In calculus, formulas are created to mathematically divide an irregular shape into an infinite number of rectangles.  Since the area of a rectangle is easy to determine, all you have to then do is add up the sum of all of the infinite rectangles to get the area of the shape, and then doing the same thing in cross sections will give you a precise volume for the irregular shape. In calculus, the answer is forced from simplified equations.  In our use of the theory of relativity, we have forced answers using an equation that has simplified the speed of light into a constant.  Free of this assumption I am confident we will now find ways to experiment with all forms of light and it will be confirmed that light will be observed at varying speeds.”

Future Science in Faster Than Light

As Dr. Xu had predicted, once free of the assumption that light speed was a constant, new applications quickly followed new theories and new equations.  The first practical application was Signal Acceleration Technology. This is useful for communications inside solar systems or for very close by star systems, but it is not a means for communicating over the far expanses of space. 

Later developments in faster than light technologies focused on the desire to speed spacecraft beyond light speeds.


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