Soviet Physics Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 258–262 | Cite as

Relativistic precession of a gyroscope. I. Circular orbits

  • V. I. Antonov


The relativistic precession of the rotation axis of a spherical gyroscope is treated in the framework of monadic specification of the frame of reference. It is found that the precession in the comoving frame compensates the rotation of the frame of reference itself. An exact expression is derived for the angular velocity of precession for motion of a gyroscope in circular epiequatorial orbits in the Kerr field. The results are compared with the approximate expression obtained by Schiff. Numerical examples are considered.


Angular Velocity Schiff Rotation Axis Circular Orbit Exact Expression 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. I. Antonov
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  1. 1.M. V. Lomonosov State UniversityMoscow

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