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Solar system Eotvos experiments

Authors
Journal
Icarus
0019-1035
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0019-1035(70)90035-7

Abstract

Abstract If the gravitational-to-inertial mass ratio of Solar System bodies differ from 1 by order (body's gravitational potential energy/body's total rest energy), nonclassical perturbations, both secular and oscillatory, will be present in the orbits of the bodies. Several types of experiments to measure celestial body m g m i ratios are proposed and analyzed. It is pointed out that measurements of the m g m i ratio of celestial bodies have the significance of being new and more extensive than past tests of Einstein's gravitational theory even if the experiments result in m g m i = 1 .

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