SETI via Leakage from Light Sails in Exoplanetary Systems

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Guillochon, James F.; Loeb, Abraham;
(2015)
  • Publisher: IOP Publishing
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1088/2041-8205/811/2/L20, doi: 10.1088/2041-8205/811/2/l20.
  • Subject: Physics - Space Physics | extraterrestrial intelligence | Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics | space vehicles
    arxiv: Astrophysics::Earth and Planetary Astrophysics | Physics::Space Physics

The primary challenge of rocket propulsion is the burden of needing to accelerate the spacecraft's own fuel, resulting in only a logarithmic gain in maximum speed as propellant is added to the spacecraft. Light sails offer an attractive alternative in which fuel is not ... View more
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