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I was looking at the diagram for a wormhole: A 2D plane is bent and then its ends are pinched together, creating a kind of 3D tunnel representation of what a 2D wormhole would be:
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This has made me think about how to visualize a wormhole in 3 dimensions, and I thought long and hard about the "tunnel" that connects the two points in spacetime.

From a 2D standpoint, if you are inside the tunnel, then you could theoretically turn to the left or right, and then keep going straight forever. From a 3D standpoint, you would just going around the tunnel in circles, but from your own 2D perspective, you would be walking continuously in the same direction with the world looping forever. In other words, until you turn again, you're stuck in there.

Could this be possible in a 3D representation and be used as a plot point in my story?

Is it possible to get trapped inside a wormhole?

Maybe this could be achieved by blocking off the "entrances" to the wormholes (by surrounding the wormhole on all sides at each point) while someone is traversing it?

Or (and this is what I believe to be the answer) are the two points in spacetime blended together seamlessly, where there isn't really a "space" between them? Basically, is the diagram a false representation simply used to help us visualize it? Is there no "tunnel" at all?

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    $\begingroup$ Do you mean something like what Doctor Strange does to Loki in (IIRC) Thor: Ragnarok? "I have been falling... for thirty minutes!" $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Nov 25 '19 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ @F1Krazy Well Doctor Strange is a magic user... so probably not. But ignoring the cause, I suppose the effect might be similar. $\endgroup$ – overlord Nov 25 '19 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ I was originally going to cite Portal, which is probably a better example, now that you mention it. $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Nov 25 '19 at 15:03
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Not obviously.

There is a neck of the wormhole, a narrow (relatively, if not absolutely) volume that all traffic has to pass through. I don't think anyone has really described the geometry of this space, but the long tunnel-like structures you see in diagrams are almost certainly not what it will be like. Space is likely to be extremely warped around the neck, but it will be very obvious from within that space where the exits are because the stars in those directions won't look crazily warped and stretched. More importantly, unless the neck of the wormhole has an absolutely vast diameter, I think you'll be able to look around and see yourself, so it'll be obvious that you're going the wrong way.

I'm not sure how you can practically obstruct the entrance to a wormhole, beyond completely englobing it, and quickly and subtly conjuring up enough mass to practically hole up an interplanetary spacecraft with an interesting drive (remember the Kzinti lesson!). You may as well just shoot them, or (worst case) collapse the wormhole on them, which will probably turn them into a short-lived black hole. Crude, but undeniably effective.

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  • $\begingroup$ Undoubtedly that would be effective, but as you've mentioned no there is no way anybody would survive being inside a collapsed wormhole. $\endgroup$ – overlord Nov 25 '19 at 16:27
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Maybe open entry to another wormhole just in front of first one, then place exit of second one in front of entry on first? But remember to make it tight, so no one could escape.

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    $\begingroup$ With a 3d wormhole, the "mouths" are effectively spherical volumes. They don't really have the notion of "in front", just inside and outside, like a black hole. That's not to say that all wormhole metrics could be like that, but the least implausible ones are. $\endgroup$ – Starfish Prime Nov 25 '19 at 15:15
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Place one end of the wormhole below the unlucky recipient and the other end immediately above. The recipient will fall into the floor and out of the ceiling, then back into the floor indefinitely.

If you haven't figured that out, you've never played Portal.

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  • $\begingroup$ This question assumes that you can't simply place wormholes wherever you want, but you can utilize ones that already exist. $\endgroup$ – overlord Nov 26 '19 at 14:55
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It may happen that once you enter the wormhole, the exit collapses and it is not possible to turn back, thus causing you to get trapped inside the tunnel.

As of the reason why the exit collapsed, there could be a variety of reasons, for instance,

  1. There was a supernova explosion near the exit, causing it to collapse.

  2. The ship being used to traverse the wormhole hole was sabotaged and ran out of the required power to open the exit portal itself.

  3. On the other hand, it is also possible, that the traversal algorithm used by the ship's system has an unforeseen bug, due to which for this specific scenario and corner case, it is trying to open an exit to coordinates that simply don't exist in space, causing the ship to get trapped.

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