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Orbiting Rainbows: Optical Manipulation of Aerosols and the Beginnings of Future Space Construction

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Our objective is to investigate the conditions to manipulate and maintain the shape of an orbiting cloud of dust-like matter so that it can function as an ultra-lightweight surface with useful and adaptable electromagnetic characteristics, for instance, in the optical, RF, or microwave bands.

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