Capturing Light with a Theoretical Mirror Sphere: Observable? Possible?

In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility of using a theoretical perfectly reflective one-way-mirror sphere to capture and accumulate light inside it. The concept is compared to a proposed nuclear explosion powered spacecraft using a one-way mirror "sail". However, the practicality of this idea is questioned due to the potential for the reverse side of a one-way mirror to be opaque. Previous discussions on this topic have yielded insightful answers.
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What would happen if: I had a sphere produced from a theoretical perfectly reflective one-way-mirror(reflective on the inside) and a shone a light into it?

Would the light accumulate inside the sphere for a noticeable period of time? Would it be observable? Could light be captured this way?

Don't be too harsh if this sounds totally ridiculous.
 
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How do you intend shining a light into a solid sphere from the outside?? surely the reverse of a perfectly reflective mirror must be opaque?
 
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I think he means a literal one way mirror, much like the "sail" on the proposed nuclear explosion powered spacecraft that passes gamma radiation one way, but not the other. So a perfect one way mirror would be perfectly transparent in one direction and perfectly reflective in the other.
 

What is a theoretical mirror sphere?

A theoretical mirror sphere is a hypothetical object that is able to reflect and capture all light that comes into contact with it. It is a theoretical concept that has not yet been created or observed in reality.

How does a theoretical mirror sphere work?

A theoretical mirror sphere would work by utilizing the principles of reflection and refraction. It would consist of a perfectly smooth and reflective surface, allowing it to reflect all light that comes into contact with it.

Is a theoretical mirror sphere observable?

No, a theoretical mirror sphere is not currently observable in reality. It is a theoretical concept that has not yet been created or observed.

Is it possible to create a theoretical mirror sphere?

The creation of a theoretical mirror sphere is currently not possible with our current technology and understanding of physics. It may be possible in the future as technology and scientific knowledge advances.

What are the potential applications of a theoretical mirror sphere?

A theoretical mirror sphere could potentially have many applications in fields such as astronomy, optics, and energy production. It could also have practical uses in creating more efficient and powerful telescopes or solar panels.

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