Gravity Fields

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Gravity Fields

Postby achillain » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:55 pm

Heya guys, some of you might know me from the E+R&D Guild. I got a bit bored so I wrote this article up. Note: It is partially based on some scientific principles, theories and what-not, but it is mostly how I personally believe it works within our current scientific understanding. I just wrote it up fro you science officers out there to quote at people. I hope you like it as my token offering for wanting to join this guild...




Gravity Theory is a topic that eluded scientists for many generations. There were many theories at to how it worked and what forces applied to it. One of the most plausible theories that grew in popularity during the early and mid 21st century was the Graviton Particle. Other theories developed around this including the Higgs Boson Particle, the Hyneman-Savage Model and more theories besides. Central to all of these theories was the idea that there was a particle or similar that was affected by, or caused the affect of mass within objects. In part, these theories were correct. It was proved during the late 21st Century that there were subatomic elements within atoms that were affected by and caused Mass to be observed within objects.

Experiments run during the late 21st century stared to notice effects in the surrounding vicinity to the particles being searched for the find the source of mass and the key to Gravity. It was the result of these experiments that led to the formulation of the Unified Gravitational Plane Model (UGPM), which was confirmed by Zefram Cochrane during his development of the Warp Drive.

The UGPM states that all mass and gravity in the universe is due to the affecting by massed objects on the Gravitational Plane. All objects that have a mass exert a force on the gravitational plane in direct correlation to their mass. This alteration of the Gravitational Plane then in turn affects massed objects, causing the effect known as Gravity.

Whilst described as a Plane, the Gravitational Plane is in fact an all encompassing 3 Dimensional volume that is distorted by the mass of objects. However, it is often easier to explain he principles behind the UGPM by simplifying the model down to a 2 dimensional plane.

To take examples from 21st century text books, imagine the Gravitational Plane as a large flat rubber sheet. When you place an object with a mass on the plane (for this example, we will use a Ball as the object), it bends the sheet downwards. This effect is known as the Massed Distortion Effect. If you then were to place a smaller ball on the sheet, it will roll towards the larger ball due to the fact that the larger ball distorts the sheet more than the smaller ball does. This effect is known as the gravitational distortion Effect. These two effects are the core of the UGPM and underline all subsequent theories and effects that are included within the UGPM.

The standard model and mapping principle for observing the Gravitational plane is based upon the above example. However, instead of observing the objects ability to cause the sheet to bend downwards from its original flat state, Gravitational mapping principles use a series of Gravitational Contours to map the distortions in the Gravitational Plane. This is known as Standard Plane Mapping. It is the base principle that Starfleet uses to observe the mass of objects. This is done by observing the relative distortion of the Gravitational Plane and extrapolating the relevant data.

Starfleet ships are all equipped with Gravitational Contour sensors that monitor distortions in the local Gravitational Plane, allowing the ship to detect objects in space at great distances, by observing minor changes in the gravitational Plane. However, like most scientific principles, there is more to UGPM than just the Standard Model.

The Gravitational Plane is also affected by the passage of massed objects through the gravitational contours. These distortions between the Object and the Gravitational Plane affect the local Subspace field, often manifesting as eddies and waves. These eddies and waves do not last very long, but they can be observed by properly attuned Subspace and Gravitational sensors. These are caused by shifting in the local subspace field in relation to it’s relaxed state.

Imagine that the Subspace field is made is up of a series of balls floating on water. All of these balls are anchored down and when there is no external force, they all are all equally spread out and stationary. As a wave or eddy moves through the water, the balls moved around, shifting in relation to their anchored position and the direction and strength of the disturbance. Once the disturbances have dissipated, the balls slowly return to their resting positions. This is similar in principle to the Subspace field distortions caused by Gravitational waves and eddies formed by massed objects moving through the gravitational Plane. By observing these disturbances in the Subspace field, ships are able to observe the passage of massed objects.

A properly configured sensor suite is able to extrapolate a lot of data from observing these distortions. Information such as the mass, speed, direction and much more can be found in the wakes of passing objects. Also, it is possible to distinguish the gravitational wakes of certain vessels from these disturbances due to odd or unnatural disturbances caused by Subspace fields and Gravitational fields on-board starships.
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