Compton sailing and strong polarization Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

publication date

  • January 1, 2004