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Volume 15: Pages 246-250, 2002
On the Feasibility of Detecting the Effects of Artificially Generated Gravitational Radiation
Wayne S. Dodakian 1, Zoran Pazameta 2
1Department of Physics & Earth Sciences, Copernicus Hall, Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, Connecticut 06050 U.S.A.
2Physical Sciences Department, Goddard Hall, Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226 U.S.A.
An artificial rotating mass dipole in a specially prepared experimental environment should exhibit a measurable rotational energy loss as it emits quadrupole gravitational radiation. It is proposed to observe this through comparison with an identical rotating, but nonradiating, mass immersed in the same environment, thereby nullifying any extraneous influences so that deceleration due to gravitational radiation can be measured. Analysis of practical considerations indicates that, given the status of materials science and necessary ancillary technologies available now or in the very near future, the experiment would be most feasible if conducted in the vacuum of space.
Keywords: gravitational radiation, radiating mass dipole, experimental gravitation, experimental general relativity
Received: April 18, 2002; Published online: December 15, 2008