Universal scaling relation for magnetic sails: momentum braking in the limit of dilute interstellar media

  title={Universal scaling relation for magnetic sails: momentum braking in the limit of dilute interstellar media},
  author={Claudius Gros},
  journal={Journal of Physics Communications},
  • C. Gros
  • Published 10 July 2017
  • Physics
  • Journal of Physics Communications
The recent progress in laser propulsion research has advanced substantially the prospects to realize interstellar spaceflight within a few decades. Here we examine passive deceleration via momentum braking from ionized interstellar media. The very large area to mass relations needed as a consequence of the low interstellar densities, of the order of 0.1 particles cm − 3 , or lower, are potentially realizable with magnetic sails generated by superconducting coils. Integrating the equations of… 
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