The Physics and Possibilities of Transporters: Broadening Horizons
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The Physics and Possibilities of Transporters: Broadening Horizons

For centuries, mankind has thought about utilizing transportation devices to bring us closer to a utopian future. This notion of instantaneous travel and transportation has been envisioned countless times in literature and has especially risen to prominence with the appearance of television shows and movies sprawling with the idea of transporters. From the star-ships in Star Trek to the transportation chambers of Star Wars, these inventions offer the idea that a man’s physical location could become irrelevant. Science fiction then begs the question: Is an instantaneous transporter really possible? Of course, the laws of physics would need to be obeyed and this alone would seem to be enough to derail the fantasy of these inventions.

Luckily, the answer is – yes! Theoretically, and through a rudimentary perspective, the creation of secure transporters is not as impossible as it may seem. In order for a mass to be transported, energy must be applied to deconstruct the original matter and reconstruct it wherever else it is needed to be. Already, most known forms of transportation, such as planes and trains, employ some form of energy to facilitate our movement. But in order to fully construct a matter transporter rather than just a form of travel, all aspects must be examined.

The first and most obvious requirement is energy. Although the amount required is unknown, at this time, it is estimated that some form of power on the order of subatomic scale would be necessary to deconstruct and reconstruct a body efficiently. Fortunately, energy exists everywhere, which means that the power is already within our reach. The next issue then, is finding a way to collect and store it within a secure transporter.

The second element for the fabrication of a drone transporters is the matter that needs to be energy-converted. In order to safely move a human, human-scale elements, such as proteins and DNA would need to be converted. Through the implementation of the Standard Model, the most accepted theory in science, utilizing the particle-wave duality we can now accurately and quickly convert matter and energy allowing for the construction of the transporters. Utilizing this, one could hypothetically use matter as a storage capacity; scooping up matter and converting it for energy.

The final problem that remains to be solved is the safety issue. Transporters must be secure, not only from the perspective of the user when in use, but from any outside interference during transport. This requires an accurate system to detect any extraterrestrial interferences and quickly manage it if detected. As a further precaution, transporters must also be equipped with an emergency shutoff switch in case anything goes wrong during transport.

Though the idea of constructing working transporters has been a dream for many individuals, current science, the Standard Model in particular, has enabled us to make great progress in turning this dream a reality. With further exploration and better understanding of subatomic matter, transporter technology could be a tangible asset in our near future.

No longer would distance be a factor to keep us from reuniting with loved ones and with a transporter, traveling to distant and distant galaxies, is a novel thought that can be brought closer to reality. By seeking and studying the unknown, we can harness the natural forces of nature, along with our curiosity, to take us beyond borders and explore the depths of the universe.

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