Wormholes That Transport Humans Through Space, Time 'Could Be Possible': Study
- September, 01, 2020 - 14:39
- Science news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Researchers have used quantum mechanics to theorize conditions that could result in wormholes large enough for humans.
The idea of a wormhole that can transport you through space and time may sound like an idea from a science fiction blockbuster.
But a new study claims that these wormholes ‘could be possible’ in reality, the Mirror reported.
Researchers from Princeton University have used quantum mechanics to theorize conditions that could result in large enough wormholes.
In the study, published on the preprint server arXiv, the researchers, led by Juan Maldacena explained: “From the outside they resemble intermediate mass charged black holes.
“Their big size comes from demanding that a human traveler can survive the tidal forces. They take a very short proper time to traverse, but a long time as seen from the outside.
“The traveler acquires a very large boost factor, γ, as it goes through the center of the wormhole. We have argued this most clearly for the case that the wormhole exists in a cold and flat ambient space.
“We have not given any plausible mechanism for their formation. We have only argued that they are configurations allowed by the equations.”
The researchers suggest that such wormholes could allow time-travelers to travel between distant points in our galaxy within seconds.
They added: “This model allows for large enough wormholes that could be traversed humanely, i.e. surviving the tidal forces.
“Using them, one could travel in less than a second between distant points in our galaxy.
“A second for the observer that goes through the wormhole. It would be tens of thousands of years for somebody looking from the outside.”
While the new study indicates that wormholes could exist, finding them may be a challenge.
Speaking to LiveScience back in 2012, Professor Stephen Hsu from the University of Oregon, said: "You would need some of super-super-advanced technology. Humans won't be doing this any time in the near future."