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


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.


Radiation Plane Wave Differential Geometry Gravity Wave Doppler Shift 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Callahan, P.S. (1974). Interpretation of Columnar Content Measurements of the Solar-Wind Turbulence,Astrophys. J.,187, 185–190.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Press, W. and Thorne, K.S. (1972).Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys.,10, 335.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Braginsky, V. (Private communication), (Moscow State University); Kovács, S.J. and Thorne, K.S. (1975).Bull. Amer. Phys. Soc., II,20, No.1, p. 99.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Burke, W.L. (1975). Large-Scale Random Gravitational Waves,Astrophys. J.,196, 329–334.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Misner, C.W., Thorne, K.S. and Wheeler, J.A. (1973).Gravitation, (Freeman, San Francisco), p. 945.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Kaufmann, W.J. (1970).Nature,227, 157.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Davies, R.W. (1974). Issues in Gravitational Wave Detection with Space Missions, inTransactions of the International Conference on Gravitational Waves and Radiations, Paris, 1973, (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris), pp. 33–45.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Curkendall, D.W. (1971).Problems in Estimation Theory with Applications to Orbit Determination, (Ph.D. Thesis), (School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California at Los Angeles).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations