Foundations of Physics

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 927–943

Polarizable-Vacuum (PV) Approach to General Relativity

  • H. E. Puthoff

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016011413407

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Puthoff, H.E. Foundations of Physics (2002) 32: 927. doi:10.1023/A:1016011413407


Standard pedagogy treats topics in general relativity (GR) in terms of tensor formulations in curved space-time. An alternative approach based on treating the vacuum as a polarizable medium is presented here. The polarizable vacuum (PV) approach to GR, derived from a model by Dicke and related to the “THεμ” formalism used in comparative studies of gravitational theories, provides additional insight into what is meant by a curved metric. While reproducing the results predicted by GR for standard (weak-field) astrophysical conditions, for strong fields a divergence of predictions in the two formalisms (GR vs. PV) provides fertile ground for both laboratory and astrophysical tests to compare the two approaches.

gravitation general relativity vacuum velocity of light vacuum polarization 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. E. Puthoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Studies at AustinAustin

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