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Offline Chinspinner

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We have read about the probable anomaly at CERN.  I am also aware that there is a discredited theory that Star Trek warp travel is possible, dating back to the 80's.  Would faster than light travel require the standard model to be over turned?
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Offline MikeS

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A 'warp drive' would warp space-time.  Something like a bubble, if you like, with the ship within the bubble.  The ship could theoretically travel in excess of the speed of light within this bubble without violating the light speed barrier.  The other way of warping space time is to 'fold' space time to make two points closer together.  If you could do either of the above then the standard model would probably hold but as of now its all science fiction.
 

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If these particles are traveling faster than the speed of light, the major problem would be that relativity theory would need to be fixed.  One of it's basic postulates is that nothing can move faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.

The standard model was created by joining relativity and quantum mechanics, so if relativity is overturned, the standard model will need to be fixed as well.

But--both relativity and the standard model seem to be very accurate.  Even if we find out that relativity needs to be fixed, both it and the standard model would still be good models in a lot of cases, much in the same way that you can use Newton's laws of motion for a lot of things, even though it doesn't include relativistic or quantum mechanical effects.
 

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