The gravitational field of light
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- Bonnor, W.B. Commun.Math. Phys. (1969) 13: 163. doi:10.1007/BF01645484
I obtain an exact solution of Einstein's equations representing the gravitational field of a steady beam of light. Another exact solution representing two parallel beams shining in the same sense is also given; they do not interact. From a study of null geodesics I conclude that a uniform beam of light is gravitationally stable.
The exact solutions are plane-fronted gravitational waves. It seems that a large class of these waves have as their sources pulses and beams of light.