Gyros, Clocks, Interferometers...: Testing Relativistic Gravity in Space

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C. Lämmerzahl, C.W.F. Everitt, F.W. Hehl
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 4, 2007 - Science - 510 pages
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Many new tests of gravity and, in particular, of Einstein's general relativity theory will be carried out in the near future: The Lense--Thirring effect and the equivalence principle will be tested in space; moreover, gravitational waves will be detected, and new atomic interferometers and clocks will be built for measurements in gravitational and inertial fields. New high-precision devices have made these experiments feasible. They will contribute to a better understanding of gravitational physics. Both experimental developments and the theoretical concepts are collected in this volume. Exhaustive reviews give an overall insight into the subject of experimental gravitation.
 

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Contents

The TheoryExperiment Interface
3
Determination of the Gravitational Constant
15
From the Basic Notions to the Observed Effects
31
Countdown to Launch
52
Gravitomagnetism and the Clock Effect
83
Spinning Relativistic Particles in External Fields
109
The GEO600 Gravitational Wave Detector Status Research Development
131
Gravitational Radiation Theory and Light Propagation
141
Relativistic Effects in the Motion of the Moon
310
Lunar Laser Ranging A Comprehensive Probe of the PostNewtonian Long Range Interaction
317
Testing Relativistic Gravityand Measuring Solar System Parameters via Optical Space Missions
330
Clocks for Length and Time Measurement
344
Clock Test of Relativityat Four Solar Radii
369
Pulsar Timing Strong Gravity Clock Experiments
381
Relativistic Phase Shifts for Dirac Particles Interacting with Weak Gravitational Fields in MatterWave Interferometers
403
Spin in Gravity
439

Relic Gravitational Waves and Their Detection
167
Their Role in Gravitation Physics and Experiments That Test Them
195
A Status Report
213
High Sensitive DC SQUID Based Position Detectors for Application in Gravitational Experiments at the Drop Tower Bremen
248
Present Status
273
Searching for Extra Dimensions and New StringInspired Forces in the Casimir Regime
292
Spin in Special and General Relativity
457
Testing the Dirac Equation
463
How Does the Electromagnetic Field Couple to Gravity in Particular to Metric Nonmetricity Torsion and Curvature?
479
Subject Index
505
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