In a recent article published in the Journal Acta Astronautica, a Norwegian professor has argued about the possibility of a photon rocket that can reach the speed of light. While he is aware about the limitation of modern science, he has suggested that such accomplishment might be very possible in future as such rocket doesn’t break any law of physics.
In the paper, Espen Gaarder Haug, a professor of quantitative finance at the Norwegian University School of Life Sciences has argued that math in both quantitative finance and modern physics is quite similar as he suggested one of the most interesting ways to make a rocket that could potentially reach the speed of light.
In the paper, he suggested the mathematical model that can make it possible to attain the speed of light. In order to do that, he suggested to use photons as the main driving mechanism. If such technical innovation is possible, he predicts that it would open up the whole universe to the human race. Although such idea is impossible as of now, it doesn’t shy away from the conventional laws of physics. In a recent interview with Forbes.
he has mentioned that since none of the particles can travel faster than the speed of light, the proposed spacecraft can potentially reach the speed of light. Despite the unconventional approach, it might be possible in future although the proposed technology requires a particle accelerator that is stronger than Europe’s Large Hadron Collider. If in future we make significant progress in the field of particle physics, such unconventional ways of travelling will be possible. Until then, we can only dream of reaching other planets in such speed.