P2_10 Laser Powered Elevator

Benjamin Jordan, Thomas Morris, Oliver Youle, Katie Raymer



The aim of this paper is to analyse how powerful a laser would have to be in order to lift a standard passenger elevator. The lifting force in this case is provided by the radiation pressure alone. We found that the laser beam would need a power of 3.8×1012 W to provide sufficient lifting force to accelerate the elevator car upwards at a rate of 1.7ms-2. 

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