The Monolithic Christmas Tree Light-Sail.

Volume 2.

by James Essig



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/3/2021

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 449003
ISBN : 9781664146785

About the Book

“The Monolithic Christmas Tree Light-Sail. Volume 2.” provides a detailed mathematically philosophical study of the kinematics, thermodynamics, and topological aspects of light-sail travel at extreme finite and in some cases infinite Lorentz factors. The book further explores many additional modes of travel for light-sails. Ironically, light-sails may even enable infinite acceleration vectors not only in the ship frame but also in the background reference frame. However, the author does not attempt to so much explain how such acceleration values can be obtained but does point out some of the requirements to enable such. Light-sails are somewhere in the exotic between rocket propulsion and warp-drive and wormhole travel. As such, these sails are sort of neither “here nor there” and provide a refreshing sense of optimism especially since light-sails are already the subject of research and development and have been deployed on a few occasions as test beds for more advanced light-sails. This book takes light-sail physics to the extremes on what is mathematically possible.

About the Author

I have been a science author and interstellar propulsion researcher for about 8 years now. I became really hooked on the interstellar travel theme after responding to a thread on a popular website about interstellar travel about 11 years ago and received a very warm welcome from the site administrator . At that time, I knew I was destined to become seriously involved in this exciting field of research. My love of interstellar travel had its genesis in my childhood. Through most of my elementary school age years, I was a shy kid but one who was far from the stereotypical reserved nerdy geek. My grade school report cards where generally good but where far from the straight A cards that the academically focused students would receive. I had a very personal dream, however, that motivated me to get through the often boring school days. This dream is that for an unbounded future of human interstellar space-flight. My infatuation with manned space exploration began early in grade school, fueled by the Apollo Space Program and lunar landings and the promise of manned missions to distant planets in the not-so-distant future. It seemed as though by the 1980s, we would definitely be sending humans on Martian exploratory missions. My interest in manned space travel waned a bit during the late 1970s through the mid-1990s, but picked up again after I had read a book on real world potential interstellar travel methods based mainly on known and well established physics.