Superluminal Travel from Quantised InertiaAuthor(s): Michael Edward McCulloch
Special relativity predicts that the inertial mass of an object is infinite at the speed of light (c) causing zero acceleration and producing a cosmic speed limit. Here, a new model for inertia is presented that challenges this. The model (quantised inertia) assumes that inertia is caused by Unruh radiation made inhomogeneous in space by relativistic horizons. Quantised inertia is consistent with standard physics at normal accelerations, but predicts a new loss of inertia at very low accelerations, predicting galaxy rotation without dark matter and a minimum acceleration of 2c2/θ ~ 2 × 10-10 m/s2 (where θ is the co-moving Hubble diameter) which is equal to the cosmic acceleration and that persists even at the speed of light. This implies that the speed of light limit can be broken, albeit with this tiny acceleration and that this relativity- proof acceleration could be boosted by setting up a causal horizon around the ship.