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Gravitational Experiments in the Laboratory - Ying Tian Chen

Gravitational Experiments in the Laboratory

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Published: 28th May 1993
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This book provides an up-to-date account of the precise experiments used to explore the nature of universal gravitation that can be performed in a terrestrial laboratory. The experiments required are at the limits of sensitivity of mechanical measurements. The problems of experiment design are discussed, and critical accounts given of the principal experiments testing the inverse square law and the principle of equivalence, and measuring the constant of gravitation. An analysis of the effects of noise and other disturbances is also provided, further highlighting the care that is needed in experimental design and performance. The motivation for undertaking such experiments is also discussed. The book will be of value to graduate students, researchers and teachers who are engaged in either theoretical or experimental studies of gravitation, and who wish to understand the nature and problems of laboratory experiments in this field.

' ... much useful material in this book. The authors give a good account of the history of the field.' Nature 'A concise but very readable introductory chapter gives a critical review of the history of gravitational theories ...' Asilib Book Guide

Introduction
The linear oscillator driven by thermal noise and with electrical damping
External sources of noise, and design of experiments
The weak principle of equivalence
Verification of the weak principle of equivalence for free particles
Newtonian attractors of extended bodies
Experimental tests of the inverse square law
The constant of gravitation
Conclusion
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521391719
ISBN-10: 0521391717
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 28th May 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.58