Warp drives, wavefronts and superluminality
ABSTRACT Coule's primary objection to the Alcubierre "warpdrive" is that the material producing the warp field needs to be superluminal. This difficulty is solved by placing the drive material inside its own warp field (making the drive system part of the payload), but we then have to deal with Low's related objection, that there is then a restricted rate at which this "naked" warp-field can propagate through the background metric. We argue that the propagation of this sort of gravitational wave is not a trivial problem, and that the possibility of ultrafast warpfield propagation should not be dismissed without further research.
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ABSTRACT: Einstein's goal of producing an advanced gravitational model that was independent of special relativity's "non-gravitational" derivations has arguably still not been achieved. The author produced a paper in 1998 outlining a possible method of attack on the problem based on shift equivalence principles ("Doppler mass shift"). Some problems with this paper have since come to light. We list some further developments, some papers not cited in gr-qc/9807084, some experimental results missed by the author, and identify a problem with the paper's approach to aberration effects.