Bohn, W.L. (2004) Propulsion by light: visions of the German pioneer Eugen Saenger. In: XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 5777, pp. 986-992. SPIE. XV International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers & High Power Laser Conference, GCL/HPL 2004 Prague, Czech Republic, 30. August 3. September 2004.. ISBN 0-8194-5760-4.
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Although the laser was not yet invented Eugen Saenger, one of the most prominent German personalities in the early development of hypersonic flight and rocket technology suggested to use photons for the propulsion of spacecrafts in the fifties. In contrast to current schemes which are mostly aimed at laser induced ablation processes, Eugen Saenger started with the idea of using the radiation pressure itself for propulsion purposes. A review of his pioneering work in that area will be supported by numerous historical documents and personal remembrance showing his effort to promote unconventional ideas. The paper also emphasizes how some of the original concepts are being revisited and partly implemented by using today's laser technology.
|Document Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Title:||Propulsion by light: visions of the German pioneer Eugen Saenger|
|Journal or Publication Title:||XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers|
|Page Range:||pp. 986-992|
|Series Name:||Proceedings of SPIE|
|Event Title:||XV International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers & High Power Laser Conference, GCL/HPL 2004 Prague, Czech Republic, 30. August 3. September 2004.|
|Organizer:||Institute of Physics of Academy of Sciences CR|
|HGF - Research field:||Energy|
|HGF - Program:||Aeronautics|
|HGF - Program Themes:||other|
|DLR - Research area:||Energy|
|DLR - Program:||L - no assignement|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||UNSPECIFIED|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Technical Physics|
|Deposited By:||Dr.rer.nat. Hans-Albert Eckel|
|Deposited On:||16 Sep 2005|
|Last Modified:||06 Jan 2010 14:52|
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