Compton sailing and strong polarization

David Eichler

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It is noted that a surface layer of matter in contact with a sufficiently super-Eddington radially combed photon flux typically attains a relativistic coasting state whereby the radiation does not accelerate the matter. The final bulk Lorentz factor of this matter is therefore determined by geometry. Radiation that scatters off this layer is most likely to be observed along the velocity vector of the matter, where it would be most strongly polarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L81-L84
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
StatePublished - 20 Jun 2004


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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