Nanophotonic light sails for relativistic spaceflight by high-power laser beams

Ognjen Ilic, Cora M. Went, Harry A. Atwater

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Abstract

We show that designed nanophotonic structures could become multi-band building-block elements of a relativistic light sail, due to their ability to achieve substantial reflectivity and low absorption in the near-IR, significant emissivity in the mid-IR, and a very low mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2018 - Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationQELS_Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781557528209
ISBN (Print)9781943580422
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 6 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2018 - San Jose, United States
Duration: May 13 2018May 18 2018

Publication series

Name2018 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2018 - Proceedings

Other

Other2018 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period5/13/185/18/18

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