"I'm following, pretty much the protocols set by Mallett," Marshall remarked. Where I will deviate is how electrons or photons will be determined to have traveled to the past, which in this case means that they'll be disappearing inexplicably into the device when they should pass through to the other side. Mallett has been somewhat unclear except to say that the first stage is to have a neutron rotating inside his ring laser contraption to show that space is warping. After that, the neutron should disappear, is my guess, after his device actually begins to create the conditions for time travel."
In the movie, Looper, time travel has been outlawed and only organized crime uses it. They send victims, that they want killed, back to the past where they are assassinated by hit men called "loopers" who then dispose of the bodies. Bruce Willis plays the role of the older version of the character played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is surprised to find that Willis has been sent back to be executed by his younger self. When Willis escapes, the chase is on - for Gordon-Levitt to kill Willis before hit men from the future come back and kill Gordon-Levitt for failing to do the job.
Audiences watching the film will now know that the subject of time travel is no longer a sci-fi thrill set 30 years in the future or further. The race between Mallett and Marshall could make it a reality, at least on a small scale, in as little as 30 months.
By that time Marshall expects to be able to show particles vanishing into his device's vortex, called the Verdrehung Fan(TM), at the minimum. He has set no maximum expectation aside from a designation he calls, "science fiction conditions". This is due to the fact that at 50 watts output, he is already getting significant effects, but he could easily scale the power output up to 28,000 watts or more. This leads to speculation of serious distortions of space-time being possible, with the results being unimaginable except in the realm of science fiction.
Then again, that's what time travel was always thought to be - science fiction, until around 1988, when Cal Tech's Kip Thorne speculated on using wormholes for time travel. Since then, an ever growing number of physicists have weighed in with their own theories, both for and against time travel, until 2000 when Ronald Mallett began to talk about his ideas for a rotating ring laser that could twist time and space to create closed time-like curves going to the past. Twelve years later, with a internationally acclaimed book, TV special and Spike Lee buying the film rights to his story, Mallett still has no time machine and needs $250,000 to get to the first step to see if his design will even work. That's why Marshall has made it a race. He knows Mallett and in fact helped promote his book in 2007. However, Marshall was already doing time manipulation research in 2000, the same year he created his STDTS technology which now powers the Verdrehung Fan(TM). His approach is reminiscent of theories of the Russian scientist N.A. Kozyrev, and plasma physicist, John Brandenberg, has stated that Marshall's space warping STDTS field matches what he would expect to see from his own GEM theory of gravity and electromagnetism. A number of engineers and physicists told Marshall that he should try out his idea, sensing that it might get good results. As recently as at the Mars Society conference, held last month in Pasadena, he was told not only should he build it, but if it demonstrated interesting effects, he would get help in scaling it up in size and power. That's what prompted him to finally set the time aside to build the machine and test it.
Just September 5th, Marshall was discussing the "science fiction" implications of Tesla's Wall of Light, which he has created as well, when he called into the Coast to Coast AM radio show with guest, researcher Tim Swartz http://www.prlog.org/
"This is about not speculating on impractical applications, like Stephen Hawking does", he states of the renowned cosmologist who lost a bet over the Higgs Boson to Marshall last July. "This is about hard research and getting your hands dirty and trying to make something happen. Just like in any other race. Just like the Wright Brothers did. Just like the Indy guys do."