posted on Jun, 30 2007 @ 09:24 PM
I have been digging around a bit and looking into this project, headed by a man named Ronald Mallett, and funded by the University of Connecticut
Foundation. Its is extremely interesting, and makes me look at the concept of time, and indeed time travel in a new light.
Mr Mallett proposes that time travel is possible by creating closed time loops in space time. Often, when theorising on the subject, the main problem
is that of polluting the time line, creating multiple timelines, dimensions, etc, and thus dicing with the end of the universe! However, the STL
project theory is a simple and new way of addressing the question.
The model is based on creating closed loops in time. A good way to think of it is imagining a square, with a mirror at each corner. In the middle of
this square, neutrons, or other subatomic particles will be residing. By projecting a laser from mirror A to mirror B, it has a knock on effect,
reflecting onto mirror C, mirror D, and thus onward infinately in a closed loop. The effect they are looking for is for the subatomic particles to be
dragged around, similar to a petal on some water being moved because someone is circling a paddle around it. This is called Frame Dragging. The hope
is that by using lasers in this fashion, a sort of Helix is created, stacking up and up within the closed loop, a little like a coiling spring, within
the fabric of space time. Thus, by creating this loop, it should be possible that a user can pick a spot on the helix/spring, meaning they can pick a
spot within the loop, witing time itself.
For me, this is very exciting, but also very scary. It may go toward eliminating the problem of time line pollution, but I think raises even more
problems and questions. I am not the most scientifically minded person. I am looking for your views on this, especially the bright sparks who
specialise in this sort of field. Is this possible? Would these closed time loops allow exits back to 'real' time? Could this be disasterous? Any
thoughts/discussion would be greatly appreciated. I am so intrigued by this.