Foundations of Physics Letters

, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp 497-506

First online:

A new experimental approach to Mach's principle and relativistic graviation

  • James F. WoodwardAffiliated withDepartments of History and Physics, California State University

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As noted many years ago by Sciama, and more recently by Nordtvedt, Lorentz invariant (relativistic) gravitation at linear order involves a vector potential that is required to properly account for large inertial effects as well as the correct prediction of the classical tests of general relativity theory (GRT). It is pointed out that the linear-order vector aspect of the gravitational potential makes possible a simple, powerful and inexpensive technique for testing the predictions of GRT and associated issues. An experiment using this technique gives preliminary results that, to order of magnitude, corroborate GRT.

Key words

general relativity Mach's principle experimental gravitation