Foundations of Physics

, Volume 33, Issue 9, pp 1307–1314

The Gravitational Field of a Circulating Light Beam

  • Ronald L. Mallett

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025689110828

Cite this article as:
Mallett, R.L. Foundations of Physics (2003) 33: 1307. doi:10.1023/A:1025689110828


Exact solutions of the Einstein field equations are found for the exterior and interior gravitational field of an infinitely long circulating cylinder of light. The exterior metric is shown to contain closed timelike lines.

general relativity and gravitationexact solutionsclosed timelike lineslasers

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald L. Mallett
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrs