A torsion field (also called axion field, spin field, spinor field, and microlepton field) is a theory of energy in which the quantum spin of particles can be used to cause emanations lacking mass and energy to carry information through a vacuum at one billion times the speed of light. The theory, conceived in the Soviet Union by a group of physicists in the 1980s, is loosely based on Einstein-Cartan theory and some variant solutions of Maxwell's equations.

Scientific team, led by Anatoly Akimov and Gennady Shipov, began the research as the state-sponsored Center for Nontraditional Technologies. However, the team disbanded in 1991 when their research was exposed as an appearent fraud and an embezzlement of government funding. Then the Russian Academy of Science took it up and received financing for torsion field research from the Ministry of Science from 1992 to 1995 and from the Ministry of Defense from 1996 to 1997, and continued further secretly, as a private enterprise called The International Institute for Theoretical and Applied Physics (later called UVITOR). Presently championed outside of mainstream scientific research due to its lack of scientific recognition, the theory has been used to proclaim faster-than-light travel (FTL), extra-sensory perception (ESP), homeopathy, telepathy, telekinesis, levitation, clairvoyance, and other paranormal phenomena. It has has been used to provide a rationale for the functioning of cosmic laws which mainstream science can't explain.

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