Doing some back-of-google calculations, the 500Kg exotic matter
requirement (presuming exotic matter also follows E=Mc^2) comes in at
12,492,764,000,000kW-h. So that's about twelve and a half trillion
kilowatt hours worth of mass/energy.
Apparently the 2008 worldwide energy consumption was 132,000TWh. So the
human race as a whole is roughly inside the needed energy bracket.
That's some encouragement.
And strictly speaking I don't think you actually need 500Kg of the
actual exotic matter, do you? I mean if the Higgs boson idea plays out,
then you'd really only need it's counterpart to create the effect of
negative mass and not the rest of the atom, right?
Now I may be rambling here as I only have the softest grasp on the
physics involved, but bosons can be forced into a shared quantum state
such as bose-einstein condensate, right?
Could a captured particle of anti-matter be cooled to low enough
temperate along with a matter particle of differing type within the same
condensate without annihilating? Would it be possible to switch the
quantum state of the mass boson in the matter component to match that in
the anti-matter component? Sort of create a hybrid atom, the same as
regular matter but with it's mass component reversed?
I suspect I'm grossly over-simplifying the concept of the quantum-state.
I can't see anything online relating to an "anti-higgs" though, so can
only presume a negative mass would be a state of the particle rather
than a separate one. And it sounds like states can be shared across
particles entering superfluids.
I don't actually expect an explanation of how I'm wrong, since I doubt
I'd understand it. :P
On 29/09/2012 02:54, Alex Cureton-Griffiths wrote:
> Wow, that's an in-depth document. I'll try to catch up with it later
> after a few coffees!
> Re: Interstellar probes, there are people working on it now (large
> theoretical), like Project Icarus, 100 Year Starship. The 'interstellar'
> in our name is more of a long, long, long-term goal than anything we can
> achieve within our initial 2 year grant period. If only warp drive would
> be developed sooner...
> On Friday, September 28, 2012 10:34:05 PM UTC+8, jasper wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Sep 2012, Alex Cureton-Griffiths wrote:
> > Hi Colin,
> > Could you share your contact for the BBC? I'm the UK Project Lead
> of SpaceGAMBIT (www.spacegambit.org <http://www.spacegambit.org>)
> and we're
> > officially launching soon (writing the press release now). In
> short we're a global alliance of hackerspaces building
> > technologies to get humanity to the stars. We got a 500,000 USD
> grant from DARPA to do so. I'm currently in Shanghai
> > but will relocate back to the UK soon. Having someone at the beeb
> who's sympathetic to hackerspaces would kick all
> > kinds of ass.
> $500k? wow!
> I've been interested in trying to pass the fertility test, see:
> diagram 5.29 which is whithin the spaces capabilities (just about!)
> you'll need a solar system scale economy before trying to build an
> intersteller probe :)
> > Cheers,
> > Alex C-G
> > On Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:58:10 PM UTC+8, Colin Wright
> > Hi there,
> > I have been commissioned to make a video of the Hackspace
> for BBC News. Who is the best person to chat to
> > about this? Could someone show me around? Also we are
> interested in having a demonstration of the
> > Makerbot.
> > Regards,
> > Colin Wright
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