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The Mass of the Gravitational Field

Sebens, Charles T. (2018) The Mass of the Gravitational Field. . (Unpublished)

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By mass-energy equivalence, the gravitational field has a relativistic mass density proportional to its energy density. I seek to better understand this mass of the gravitational field by asking whether it plays three traditional roles of mass: the role in conservation of mass, the inertial role, and the role as source for gravitation. The difficult case of general relativity is compared to the more straightforward cases of Newtonian gravity and electromagnetism by way of gravitoelectromagnetism, an intermediate theory of gravity that resembles electromagnetism.

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Additional Information:Thank you to Craig Callender, Erik Curiel, Neil Dewar, John Dougherty, Dennis Lehmkuhl, Jim Weatherall, and anonymous referees for helpful feedback and discussion. This project was supported in part by funding from the President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities, University of California (for research conducted while at the University of California, San Diego). I would also like to thank LMU Munich for their hospitality during a visit in the winter of 2018.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:09 Apr 2019 18:30
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