Ok, i got a problem that reads as followed.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Suppose that a perfectly reflecting circular mirror is initially at rest a distance R away from the sun and is oriented so that the solar radiation is incident upon, and perpendicular to, the plane of the mirror. What is the critical value of mass/area for which the radiation pressure exactly cancels out the force due to gravity?

Ok so lets start with the given:, I know mass of the sun is 2.0 x 10^30 kg

intensity of sunlight as a function of the distance R from the sun = 3.2x10^25(1/R^2) (w/m^2)

and the gravitational constant is 6.67x 10^-11

Radiation pressure ecerted on a perfectly reflecting surface is P= 2S/c where C is the speed of light and S is the poynting vector? I know the answer is going ot be mass/area in which the mass is mass of the sun. The answer will also be in kg/m^2. Now i am not sure how to setup this problem.

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