Harvard University

Physicist proves wormhole travel is possible, but it's not what you think

A Harvard physicist has likely ruined the dreams of many a science fiction fan by claiming a real wormhole would be useless for deep space travel.

Films such as Stargate and Interstellar have used the concept of a wormhole – tunnels in curved spacetime that connect two places – as a core tenet of travel to distant worlds.

However, new research has come to spoil the party for science fiction fans by claiming that while wormholes exist and travel would be possible through them, they would be a waste of time.

However, rather than this research being for nothing, he believes that finding a way to construct a wormhole through which light could travel could help physicists in their efforts to create a theory of quantum gravity.

“The real import of this work is in its relation to the black hole information problem and the connections between gravity and quantum mechanics,” he added.

Inspiration for the research came about after Jafferis began thinking about the concept of two black holes entangled on a quantum level, as proposed by the ER=EPR conjecture, which suggests both would be connected by a wormhole.

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