The Gravitational Memory Effect

  • Dieter LüstEmail author
  • Ward Vleeshouwers
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)


The gravitational memory effect is a change in spatial separation between two points (on \(\mathcal {I}\)) due to the passing of gravitational radiation, which is characterized by \(N_{zz} \ne 0\). Namely, if we start from two points that are separated by a distance \((s^z, s^{\bar{z}})\) and let gravitational waves pass between them, the change in \(s^z\) in retarded coordinates is given by
$$\Delta s^z = \frac{\gamma ^{z \bar{z}}}{2r} \Delta C_{\bar{z} \bar{z}}s^{\bar{z}} ~.$$

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arnold-Sommerfeld-CenterLudwig-Maximilians-UniversitaetMunichGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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