The Magnus Effect and the Dynamics of a Rough Disc

  • Alexander Plakhov
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Abstract

In this chapter we are concerned with the Magnus effect: the phenomenon governing the deflection of the trajectory of a spinning body (for example, a golf ball or a soccer ball). Surprisingly enough, in highly rarefied media (on Mars or in the thin atmosphere at a height corresponding to low Earth orbits: between 100 and 1,000 km) the inverse effect takes place; this means that the trajectory deflection has opposite signs in sparse and in dense media.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Plakhov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Institute for Information Transmission ProblemsMoscowRussia

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