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Gravity waves in media

  1. Oct 3, 2013 #1
    Are gravitational waves slowed by media? Electromagnetic waves are slowed when traveling through dielectric media because the electric field polarizes the media. If a gravitational wave travels through matter, then the matter shifts around, much like the dielectric, right?
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013
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  3. Oct 3, 2013 #2
    Technically yes, but that effect will be negligible due to the extremely weak gravitational interaction
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  5. Oct 3, 2013 #4
    oops. I do mean gravitational.
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