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Holographic Sails for Project Starshot? — Homage to Bob Forward

20 Apr 2018, 13:21 UTC
Holographic Sails for Project Starshot? — Homage to Bob Forward
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One of the reasons I described Greg Matloff as the ‘renaissance man of interstellar studies’ in my Centauri Dreams book is the continuing stream of ingenious ideas that he develops and delivers through papers and conference presentations. I found the holographic sail concept below fascinating, and would have referenced Bob Forward myself if Greg hadn’t already done it in the text. These two must have been great to hear in conversation! Read on to learn how Greg, a physicist at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) came up with the idea, a process that deftly blended science and art and may provide solutions to some of the more intractable problems posed by Breakthrough Starshot. The author of The Starflight Handbook among many other books (volumes whose pages have often been graced by the artwork of the gifted C Bangs), Greg has been inspiring this writer since 1989.
By Greg Matloff

It was perhaps inevitable that I would be asked to serve on the Advisor’s Board of Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Starshot, because of my long experience in the analysis of interstellar travel techniques. According to Phil Lubin’s paper on this technology development project, a 50-70 GW laser array mounted atop ...

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