Foundations of Physics

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 455–464 | Cite as

Gravitational radiation reaction on the motion of particles in general relativity

  • P. A. Hogan
  • I. Robinson
Part IV. Invited Papers Dedicated To John Archibald Wheeler


We examine the problem of deducing the geodesic motion of test particles from Einstein's vacuum field equations and its extension to include gravitational radiation reaction. In the latter case we obtain an equation of motion for a particle which incorporates radiation reaction of the electrodynamical type, but due to shearing radiation, together with a mass-loss formula of the Bondi-Sachs type.


Radiation General Relativity Field Equation Test Particle Gravitational Radiation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Hogan
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. Robinson
    • 3
  1. 1.Mathematical Physics DepartmentUniversity CollegeDublin
  2. 2.School of Theoretical PhysicsDublin Institute for Advanced StudiesIreland
  3. 3.Mathematical Sciences ProgramThe University of Texas at DallasRichardson

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