SC17: Tiffany Frierson

Tiffany Frierson is an active member of Icarus Interstellar, working on breakthrough propulsion research and advanced propulsion concepts track chair at Starship Congress 2013. Tiffany is currently a senior physics major at North Georgia College and plans to go on to earn a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and study breakthrough propulsion physics, especially the more exotic concepts including wormholes and warp drives. 

Tiffany has a life-long interest in space travel and has participated in many space research-related conferences since 2007, when she attended the “Future of Space Exploration: Solutions to Earthly Problems?” conference at Boston University. Her attendance was sponsored by the Space Generation Advisory Council after she conducted a survey, asking 17-29 year-olds what they would like to see in the next 50 years in the field of space exploration.

Tiffany has been hearing impaired all her life, started using a hearing aid when she was 15, and went fully deaf about a year and a half ago. Before she lost her hearing completely Tiffany was able to follow conference proceedings via a combination of reading lips and reading speakers' slides, which reaffirms our commitment to serve the hard-of-hearing audiences at SC17 through multiple means. 

Tiffany's Space Generation Advisory Council speech can be viewed here (@~25min in)...

The Case for a Breakthrough Physics Experiment Lab on a Moon Base


The Ultimate goal for interstellar travel is superluminal flight, a few examples of which are warp drives and wormhole travel. Warp drives (aka Alcubierre drives) and wormholes are solutions to Albert Einstein's relativistic field equations that require negative energy densities. Negative energy densities are allowed by Quantum Field Theory, and experiments can be designed to generate and test negative energy densities to pave the way for eventual superluminal flight. 

This talk will make the case for why constructing an experimental lab on a future moon base would be very beneficial to progress towards superluminal flight, and will suggest some experimental apparatuses to help achieve this goal.