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I FRB's as power for light sails

  1. Mar 9, 2017 #1

    jim mcnamara

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    This discusses a speculative question - can FRB's be an extraterrestrial source of radio pulses used for interstellar travel?

    https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.01109
    Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails
    Manasvi Lingam, Abraham Loeb
    Abstract
    This seems pretty far out. Is it common to get something this speculative published? I think arxiv exists, in a small way, as an outlet for this type of paper.
     
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  3. Mar 10, 2017 #2

    phyzguy

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    When you are someone with a reputation like Avi Loeb, you can publish what you please on arXiv. I thought the idea was intriguing, and their analysis seems well thought out. It's probably unlikely, but not impossible.
     
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