Test of gravitomagnetism with satellites around the Earth

  • Matteo Luca RuggieroEmail author
  • Angelo Tartaglia
Regular Article


We focus on the possibility of measuring the gravitomagnetic effects due to the rotation of the Earth, by means of a space-based experiment that exploits satellites in geostationary orbits. Due to the rotation of the Earth, there is an asymmetry in the propagation of electromagnetic signals in opposite directions along a closed path around the Earth. We work out the delays between the two counter-propagating beams for a simple configuration, and suggest that accurate time measurements could allow, in principle, to detect the gravitomagnetic effect of the Earth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.INFNSezione di TorinoTorinoItaly

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