Orbital effects due to gravitational induction

  • Donato Bini
  • Lorenzo Iorio
  • Domenico Giordano
Research Article


We study the motion of test particles in the metric of a localized and slowly rotating astronomical source, within the framework of linear gravitoelectromagnetism, grounded on a Post-Minkowskian approximation of general relativity. Special attention is paid to gravitational inductive effects due to time-varying gravitomagnetic fields. We show that, within the limits of the approximation mentioned above, there are cumulative effects on the orbit of the particles either for planetary sources or for binary systems. They turn out to be negligible.


Post-Minkowskian approximation Experimental tests of gravitational theories 



We are indebted with Prof. B. Mashhoon for useful discussion. DB thanks the ICRANet and the INFN (section of Naples) for partial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo “M. Picone”CNRRomeItaly
  2. 2.Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della RicercaBariItaly
  3. 3.Aerothermodynamics SectionESA - ESTECNoordwijkThe Netherlands

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