Foundations of Physics

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 259–265 | Cite as

Test of the gravitomagnetic field via laser-ranged satellites

  • Ignazio Ciufolini
Part II. Invited Papers Dedicated To John Archibald Wheeler


We describe a new experiment to measure the gravitomagnetic field of the Earth. This field, a consequence of the general relativistic formulation of Mach's principle (WEM—Wheeler-Einstein-Mach principle), has never been detected. The idea is to measure the Lense-Thirring precession of the nodal lines of two laser-ranged satellites with supplementary inclinations. In this way it is possible to separate the relativistic nodal precession from the classical nodal precession due to the multipole moments of the Earth.


Relativistic Formulation Nodal Line Multipole Moment Nodal Precession Gravitomagnetic Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignazio Ciufolini
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  1. 1.Center for Theoretical Physics, Center for Relativity, and Physics DepartmentThe University of TexasAustin

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