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Experimental Tests of General Relativity
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

This paper treats Einstein's theory of General Relativity (GR), in particular three of the

earliest experiments testing its validity. It covers the de ection of, and the redshift of

light in a gravity eld, two new phenomena predicted by GR. The perihelion precession

of the planet Mercury and how GR matches observations of it more correctly than classic

physics is also covered. In addition to the three older tests above, the more modern

application in the GPS system is discussed, and how it can be regarded as a test of GR.

Some theoretical questions are also discussed, including comparing classic physics to GR

and the classical limit of GR.

Abstract [sv]

Denna rapport handlar om Einsteins allmäna relativitetstori (GR), och mer specikt

om tre tidiga experiment som kan testa dess giltlighet. Här behandlas avböjning av,

och rödförskjutning av ljus i gravitationsfält, två nya fenomen som förutsägs av GR.

Planeten merkurius periheliumprecession och hur GR bättre matchar observationer av

den täcks också upp. Förutom dessa tre experiment, diskuteras också tillämpningen av

GR i GPS-systemet, och hur det kan betraktas som ett test av GR. Några teoretiska

frågor diskuteras också; bland annat jämförs klassisk fysik med GR och den klassiska

gränsen till GR tas upp.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 25 p.
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-127006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-127006DiVA: diva2:643192
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Available from: 2013-08-26 Created: 2013-08-26 Last updated: 2013-08-26Bibliographically approved

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