PY106 pre-class video for session 27 - Radiation pressure

In this video, we discuss the energy and momentum carried by an electromagnetic wave. Regarding [...]energy, we often talk about the intensity (power per unit area) associated with an electromagnetic wave. When we talk about momentum, we often talk about radiation pressure - pressure associated, for instance, with a beam of light shining on an object. The video wraps up with some calculations related to solar sails, which are spacecraft that use radiation pressure for propulsion.

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