On a new method to measure the gravitomagnetic field using two orbiting satellites

  title={On a new method to measure the gravitomagnetic field using two orbiting satellites},
  author={Ignazio Ciufolini},
  journal={Il Nuovo Cimento A (1965-1970)},
  • I. Ciufolini
  • Published 1 December 1996
  • Physics, Geology
  • Il Nuovo Cimento A (1965-1970)
SummaryWe describe a new method to obtain the first direct measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect, or dragging of inertial frames, and the first direct detection of the gravitomagnetic field. This method is based on the observations of the orbits of the laser-ranged satellites LAGEOS and LAGEOS II. By this new approach one achieves a measurement of the gravitomagnetic field with accuracy of about 25%, or less, of the Lense-Thirring effect in general relativity. 

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