Lasers, Clocks and Drag-Free Control

Exploration of Relativistic Gravity in Space

  • Hansjorg Dittus
  • Claus Lammerzahl
  • Slava G. Turyshev

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 349)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Surveys

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Claus Lammerzahl, Hansjorg Dittus
      Pages 3-25
    3. Orfeu Bertolami, Jorge Páramos, Slava G. Turyshev
      Pages 27-74
    4. Claus Lammerzahl, Oliver Preuss, Hansjorg Dittus
      Pages 75-101
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Pierre Teyssandier, Christophe Le Poncin-Lafitte, Bernard Linet
      Pages 153-180
    3. Chongming Xu, Xuejun Wu, Erwin Brüning
      Pages 181-192
    4. Marc-Thierry Jaekel, Serge Reynaud
      Pages 193-208
    5. Sergei M. Kopeikin, Wei-Tou Ni
      Pages 209-216
  4. Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Neil Ashby, Peter L. Bender
      Pages 219-230
    3. Robert D. Reasenberg, James D. Phillips
      Pages 263-284
    4. Lute Maleki, James M. Kohel, Nathan E. Lundblad, John D. Prestage, Robert J. Thompson, Nan Yu
      Pages 285-296
    5. Philippe Bouyer, Franck Pereira dos Santos, Arnaud Landragin, Christian J. Bordé
      Pages 297-339
    6. Stephan Theil
      Pages 341-359
    7. Walter Fichter, Alexander Schleicher, Stefano Vitale
      Pages 361-378
    8. Bernd Dachwald, Wolfgang Seboldt, Claus Lammerzahl
      Pages 379-395
  5. Missions and Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. Sergei A. Klioner
      Pages 399-426
    3. Jürgen Müller, James G. Williams, Slava G. Turyshev
      Pages 457-472
    4. Slava G. Turyshev, Michael Shao, Kenneth L. Nordtvedt Jr
      Pages 473-543
    5. Claus Lammerzahl, Hansjorg Dittus, Achim Peters, Silvia Scheithauer, Stephan Schiller
      Pages 553-569
    6. Wei-Tou Ni, Antonio Pulido Patón, Yan Xia
      Pages 571-576
    7. Denis Defrère, Andreas Rathke
      Pages 605-629
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 631-639

About this book


Over the next decade the gravitational physics community will benefit from dramatic improvements in many technologies critical to testing gravity. Highly accurate deep space navigation, interplanetary laser communication, interferometry and metrology, high precision frequency standards, precise pointing and attitude control, together with drag-free technologies, will revolutionize the field of experimental gravitational physics. The centennial of the general theory of relativity in 2015 will motivate a significant number of experiments designed to test this theory with unprecedented accuracy.

The purpose of the contributions in this book, written by international experts, is to explore the possibilities for the next 20 years for conducting gravitational experiments in space that would utilize both entirely new and highly improved existing capabilities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hansjorg Dittus
    • 1
  • Claus Lammerzahl
    • 1
  • Slava G. Turyshev
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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