Accession Number : AD0706312

Title :   A RADIO INTERFEROMETRIC TEST OF THE GENERAL RELATIVISTIC LIGHT BENDING NEAR THE SUN,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA OWENS VALLEY RADIO OBSERVATORY

Personal Author(s) : Muhleman,D. O. ; Ekers,R. D. ; Fomalont,E. B.

Report Date : 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Radio interferometry was used to measure the deflection of a radio source as it passed the Sun. This deflection is a separable combination of refraction in the coronal electron plasma and the General Relativistic effect. The observed inverse distance component was 1.04(+0.15/-0.10) of that predicted by Einstein's theory of General Relativity. The observation also yielded a reasonable value for the coronal electron density. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RELATIVITY THEORY, TEST METHODS), (*EXTRATERRESTRIAL RADIO WAVES, DEFLECTION), (*SOLAR CORONA, ELECTRON DENSITY), RADIO ASTRONOMY, GRAVITY, RADIO TRANSMISSION, RADIO INTERFEROMETERS

Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Quantum Theory and Relativity

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE