On the gravitational field of a massless particle
- Cite this article as:
- Aichelburg, P.C. & Sexl, R.U. Gen Relat Gravit (1971) 2: 303. doi:10.1007/BF00758149
- 690 Downloads
The gravitational field of a massless point particle is first calculated using the linearized field equations. The result is identical with the exact solution, obtained from the Schwarzschild metric by means of a singular Lorentz transformation. The gravitational field of the particle is nonvanishing only on a plane containing the particle and orthogonal to the direction of motion. On this plane the Riemann tensor has a δ-like singularity and is exactly of Petrov typeN.