>I expect so. New Avalon University has an entire department devoted
>to sphere studies, similar to the quarian research institute dedicated
>to trying to figure out what the hell Halo is for. (And no, before
>anyone asks, there does not appear to be any commonality whatever
>between the materials or technological idioms present in the two.)
I would humbly submit that there is likely to be one: both of them probably have frustrating amounts of carbon neutronium as part of their superstructures, making replicating the engineering principles used in their construction elsewhere a frustrating at best endeavor.
(Or maybe not.)
> Theories range from
>"enormous odic flux accumulator" (n.b. these people are not highly
>esteemed by their colleagues) to "some sort of stellar regulator for
>the star that was originally in it", but no one has come up with any
>really compelling evidence for any of them as yet.
These guys must team up with the people who are still trying to figure out what the fuck happened to Atlantis at conferences and run up some truly impressive bar tabs.
The thing about any Dyson sphere is that building it would involve the utter demolishing of literally thousands, if not tens of thousands, of solar systems in order to gather the required mass. (You could use every speck of dust available in our solar system and it wouldn't even construct a ringworld around the sun, to say nothing of a Dyson sphere.)
This means that any civilization that builds one either considered the reason for the building to be so monumentally important that it justifies doing that, control such vast amounts of territory that the materiel investment into it is actually not that large by their standards, or have attained such mastery over the physical world they can do things like convert raw energy into solid matter for whatever purpose they see fit.