Weak Gravitational Fields

  • Norbert Straumann
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Most gravitational fields encountered in the physical universe are weak. Exceptions are the strong fields near compact objects (black holes and neutron stars) or in the very early universe. It is remarkable that Einstein investigated weak gravitational fields quite exhaustibly only one month after his first systematic exposition of GR (see [58]). Because of a computational error in his derivation of the so-called quadrupole formula for the power, emitted by a material source in the form of gravitational waves1, he took the subject up again somewhat later and added some important considerations (see [59]).


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  • Norbert Straumann
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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