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General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 439–447 | Cite as

Response of Doppler spacecraft tracking to gravitational radiation

  • Frank B. Estabrook
  • Hugo D. Wahlquist
Research Articles

Abstract

A calculation is made of the effect of gravity waves on the observed Doppler shift of a sinusoidal electromagnetic signal transmitted to, and transponded from, a distant spacecraft. We find that the effect of plane gravity waves on such observations is not intuitively immediate and in fact can have surprisingly different spectral signatures for different spacecraft directions and distances. We suggest the possibility of detecting such plane waves by simultaneous coherent Doppler tracking of several spacecraft.

Keywords

Radiation Plane Wave Differential Geometry Gravity Wave Doppler Shift 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank B. Estabrook
    • 1
  • Hugo D. Wahlquist
    • 1
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadena

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