Optimized Trajectories to the Nearest Stars Using Lightweight High-velocity Photon Sails

@article{Heller2017OptimizedTT,
  title={Optimized Trajectories to the Nearest Stars Using Lightweight High-velocity Photon Sails},
  author={Ren{\'e} Heller and Michael Hippke and Pierre Kervella},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2017},
  volume={154}
}
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