Il Nuovo Cimento B (1971-1996)

, Volume 105, Issue 5, pp 573–588 | Cite as

Effect of particle drag on the LAGEOS node and measurement of the gravitomagnetic field

  • I. Ciufolini
  • M. Dobrowolny
  • L. Iess


Neutral-and charged-particle drag explains part of the semimajor axis decay of LAGEOS of approximately 1.1 mm/d, which corresponds to an acceleration of about 3·10−10 cm/s2. We study the effect of particle drag on the node of LAGEOS in relation to the proposed measurement of the Lense-Thirring or gravitomagnetic effect, using two laser-ranged satellites, of LAGEOS type, with supplementary inclinations. The conclusion is that the nodal precession due to particle drag is negligible with respect to the Lense-Thirring gravitomagnetic drag.


PACS 04.80 Experimental tests of general relativity and observations of gravitational radiation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Ciufolini
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Dobrowolny
    • 1
  • L. Iess
    • 1
  1. 1.I.F.S.I.-C.N.R.Frascati (Roma)Italia
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica dell’UniversitàPovo (Trento)Italia

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