Badescu, Viorel (1953–)
Viorel Badescu is a scientist presently affiliated to the Candida Oancea Institute at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, whose mainstream scientific contributions consist of about 200 papers and several books related to statistical physics and thermodynamics, the physics of semiconductors and various aspects of terrestrial and space solar energy applications. Also, he has theorized on present-day Mars meteorology and Mars terraforming and on several macro-engineering projects. Together with Richard Cathcart he defined and analyzed the concept of the "stellar engine" – a hypothetical device able to manage a large amount of a star's energy to generate exergy (thrust and work).1, 2
1. Badescu, V. "On the radius of the Dyson's sphere," Acta Astronautica,
36 (2), 135-138, 1995.
2. Badescu, V., and R. B. Cathcart, "Stellar engines for Kardashev's type II civilisations", J British Interplanetary Soc., 53 (9/10), 297-306, 2000.