May 23, 2012
-- Internationally noted research and development engineer, Marshall Barnes, is announcing his intention to build and test an alternative apparatus to the one that has made University of Connecticut professor Ronald Mallett http://www.phys.uconn.edu/~
main.htm famous, but has yet to see the light of day - a machine that will effect time on a small scale. If he is successful, Marshall will be able to take all claims of having the world's first time machine from Mallett and UConn.
Ronald Mallett, is the author of the book, Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission To Make Time Travel A Reality, for which the film rights have been purchased by Spike Lee. He won world acclaim with his announcement for having obtained a patent for a "time machine" based on a rotating laser beam apparatus that would use the gravitational field, that could be created by a specific configuration of the laser, to begin to twist space and time into what physicists call, closed time-like curves. These loops would continue as long as the machine was turned on, providing a tunnel to the past from the present. The price tag to build and test this device, which initially would only be able to effect the path of a subatomic particle called a neutron, is rumored to be in excess of $250,000 and little of that amount has been raised by Mallett, leaving the project in limbo for some years now.
Marshall Barnes http://www.informalscience.org/member/show/8498
, however, invented the STDTS technology that produces a special kind of electromagnetic field that creates a gravitic effect on space that results in acceleration in the direction of motion of the object inside the field. As such, it is the first functioning prototype for warp drive and has received much attention in that regard. What is new is Marshall's idea that the STDTS technology can be adapted to a rotating system that will spin the STDTS field at high enough velocities that it will approach or exceed what Mallett had hoped to do with a laser. Instead of experimenting with neutrons, Marshall will look for the paths of photons traveling through the area of rotation to either be changed or eliminated. This will confirm, aside from any dramatic ancillary effects, that space and time have been altered in that vicinity.
Marshall is not predicting that these effects will appear, only planning to conduct the experiment to see if they do. If successful, he will arrange for a TV special that will document his research, for worldwide distribution.