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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 37, Issue 4–5, pp 723–733 | Cite as

Gravitational Faraday Effect Produced by a Ring Laser

  • David Eric Cox
  • James G. O’Brien
  • Ronald L. Mallett
  • Chandra Roychoudhuri
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Using the linearized Einstein gravitational field equations and the Maxwell field equations it is shown that the plane of polarization of an electromagnetic wave is rotated by the gravitational field created by the electromagnetic radiation of a ring laser. It is further shown that this gravitational Faraday effect shares many of the properties of the standard electromagnetic Faraday effect. An experimental arrangement is then suggested for the observation of this gravitational Faraday effect induced by the ring laser.

Keywords

general relativity gravitation lasers Maxwell’s equations Faraday effect 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Eric Cox
    • 1
  • James G. O’Brien
    • 1
  • Ronald L. Mallett
    • 1
  • Chandra Roychoudhuri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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