Interstellar communication. VII. Benchmarking inscribed matter probes

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Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Michael Hippke, Paul Leyland, John G. Learned
(Submitted on 29 Dec 2017)

We have explored the optimal frequency of interstellar photon communications (arXiv:1711.05761) and benchmarked other particles as information carriers (arXiv:1711.07962) in previous papers of this series. We now compare the latency and bandwidth of sending probes with inscribed matter. Durability requirements such as shields against dust and radiation, as well as data duplication, add negligible weight overhead at velocities v<0.2 c. Probes may arrive in full, while most of a photon beam is lost to diffraction. Probes can be more energy efficient per bit, and can have higher bandwidth, compared to classical communication, unless a photon receiver is placed in a stellar gravitational lens. The probe's advantage dominates by order of magnitude for long distances (kpc) and low velocities (<0.1 c) at the cost of higher latency.

Comments:    6 pages, comments welcome
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as:    arXiv:1712.10262 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1712.10262v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Michael Hippke
[v1] Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:46:38 GMT (39kb)

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