Summary #196

Travel through wormholes is possible, but slow

phys.org
  • A team led by Harvard physicist Daniel Jafferis developed a new theory which connects gravity with quantum mechanics.
  • Using quantum field theory tools, the team shows that tunnels in curved space-time connecting two distant places can exist, and be used for travel.
  • The theory is based on a setup created by Einstein and Rosen - a connection between two black holes now known as a wormhole.
  • The problem is the direct connection between black holes is shorter than the wormhole connection, so it wouldn’t be very useful.
  • The main benefits of this study are new insights into quantum mechanics.

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