A Dark Sun Rising - Its a Solar Wrap

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M. Beech (2010), JBIS, 63, 104-107

Refcode: 2010.63.104
Keywords: Stars, Sun, astroengineering, Dyson sphere, SETI

The structure of a solar mass star artificially induced into an isothermal state is examined. The process is imagined to form part of a possible large-scale, solar engineering project that our distant descendents might attempt to perform in order to stave- off the Sun's future red giant phase. It is found that stable, solar-mass, isothermal configurations having radii between 2 and 10 solar radii with no internal energy generation through nuclear fusion reactions can be constructed. It is suggested that future humanity might choose to inhabit the outer surface of a solar wrap and tap the thermal energy of the isothermal Sun as a long- lived power supply.


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