General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 45, Issue 9, pp 1723–1731 | Cite as

Constraints on Kaluza–Klein gravity from Gravity Probe B

  • J. M. OverduinEmail author
  • R. D. Everett
  • P. S. Wesson
Research Article


Using measurements of geodetic precession from Gravity Probe B, we constrain possible departures from Einstein’s General Relativity for a spinning test body in Kaluza–Klein gravity with one additional space dimension. We consider the two known static and spherically symmetric solutions of the 5D field equations (the soliton and canonical metrics) and obtain new limits on the free parameters associated with each. The theory is consistent with observation but must be “close to 4D” in both cases.


Higher-dimensional gravity Experimental tests of gravitational theories 



J. M. O. thanks C. W. F. Everitt, R. J. Adler, A. Silbergleit and the other members of the Gravity Probe B theory group for discussions. R. D. E. acknowledges the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University for travel support to present these results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Overduin
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. D. Everett
    • 1
  • P. S. Wesson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Astronomy and GeosciencesTowson UniversityTowsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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