The gravitational field of light

@article{Bonnor1969TheGF,
  title={The gravitational field of light},
  author={W. Bonnor},
  journal={Communications in Mathematical Physics},
  year={1969},
  volume={13},
  pages={163-174}
}
  • W. Bonnor
  • Published 1969
  • Physics
  • Communications in Mathematical Physics
I obtain an exact solution of Einstein's equations representing the gravitational field of a steady beam of light. Another exact solution representing two parallel beams shining in the same sense is also given; they do not interact. From a study of null geodesics I conclude that a uniform beam of light is gravitationally stable.The exact solutions are plane-fronted gravitational waves. It seems that a large class of these waves have as their sources pulses and beams of light. 
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