Fundamental Theories of Physics

Relativistic Geodesy

Foundations and Applications

Editors: Pützfeld, Dirk, Lämmerzahl, Claus (Eds.)

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Due to steadily improving experimental accuracy, relativistic concepts – based on Einstein’s theory of Special and General Relativity – are playing an increasingly important role in modern geodesy. This book offers an introduction to the emerging field of relativistic geodesy, and covers topics ranging from the description of clocks and test bodies, to time and frequency measurements, to current and future observations.

Emphasis is placed on geodetically relevant definitions and fundamental methods in the context of Einstein’s theory (e.g. the role of observers, use of clocks, definition of reference systems and the geoid, use of relativistic approximation schemes). Further, the applications discussed range from chronometric and gradiometric determinations of the gravitational field, to the latest (satellite) experiments. The impact of choices made at a fundamental theoretical level on the interpretation of measurements and the planning of future experiments is also highlighted. Providing an up-to-the-minute status report on the respective topics discussed, the book will not only benefit experts, but will also serve as a guide for students with a background in either geodesy or gravitational physics who are interested in entering and exploring this emerging field.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Time and Frequency Metrology in the Context of Relativistic Geodesy

    Bauch, Andreas

    Pages 1-24

  • Chronometric Geodesy: Methods and Applications

    Delva, Pacome (et al.)

    Pages 25-85

  • Measuring the Gravitational Field in General Relativity: From Deviation Equations and the Gravitational Compass to Relativistic Clock Gradiometry

    Obukhov, Yuri N. (et al.)

    Pages 87-130

  • A Snapshot of J. L. Synge

    Hogan, Peter A.

    Pages 131-142

  • General Relativistic Gravity Gradiometry

    Mashhoon, Bahram

    Pages 143-157

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relativistic Geodesy
Book Subtitle
Foundations and Applications
Editors
  • Dirk Pützfeld
  • Claus Lämmerzahl
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
196
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11500-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11500-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11499-2
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 479
Number of Illustrations
64 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
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