Class of 2025
- "Practical Time Travel via Gravitational Time Dilation" with mentor William (Sept. 10, 2023)
Practical Time Travel via Gravitational Time Dilation
Started Apr. 28, 2023
Abstract or project description
General relativity describes gravity as the curvature of space-time. As a result, large masses (e.g. planets and stars) get distort time around them. They induce what is known as "gravitational time dilation," meaning clocks physically run slower in the vicinity of a massive object. This affords the ability to "time travel" by visiting regions in which clocks run slow with respect to Earth such that upon returning to Earth, a significant amount of time has passed. But how effective is this time travel in a realistic setting? This work will attempt to quantify the maximal amount of time travel that can be performed around known astrophysical bodies.