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Gravitomagnetism and the Clock Effect

  • Bahram Mashhoon
  • Frank Gronwald
  • Herbert I.M. Lichtenegger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 562)

Abstract

The main theoretical aspects of gravitomagnetism are reviewed. It is shown that the gravitomagnetic precession of a gyroscope is intimately connected with the special temporal structure around a rotating mass that is revealed by the gravitomagnetic clock effect. This remarkable effect, which involves the difference in the proper periods of a standard clock in prograde and retrograde circular geodesic orbits around a rotating mass, is discussed in detail. The implications of this effect for the notion of “inertial dragging” in the general theory of relativity are presented. The theory of the clock effect is developed within the PPN framework and the possibility of measuring it via spaceborne clocks is examined.

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Black Hole Test Particle Absolute Space Thomas Precession Clock Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahram Mashhoon
    • 1
  • Frank Gronwald
    • 2
  • Herbert I.M. Lichtenegger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Institut GETUniversität MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  3. 3.Institut für WeltraumforschungÖsterreichische Akademie der WissenschaftenGrazAustria

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