Volume 86, Number 3, May 2009
Article Number 34001
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 07 May 2009
EPL, 86 (2009) 34001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/86/34001

Classical and statistical mechanics of celestial-scale spinning strings: Rotating space elevators

L. Golubović and S. Knudsen

Physics Department, West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV 26506-6315, USA

received 27 December 2008; accepted in final form 8 April 2009; published May 2009
published online 7 May 2009

We introduce novel and unique class of dynamical systems, Rotating Space Elevators (RSE). The RSEs are multiply rotating systems of strings reaching into outer space. Objects sliding along RSE strings do not require internal engines or propulsion to be transported from the Earth's surface into outer space. The RSEs exhibit interesting nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics phenomena.

46.70.Hg - Membranes, rods, and strings.
05.70.Ln - Non-equilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics.
05.45.-a - Nonlinear dynamics and chaos.

© EPLA 2009