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I Mimic Gravity

  1. Oct 12, 2017 #1
    Can I mimic gravity with Magnetism or angular momentum?
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  3. Oct 12, 2017 #2


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    Do you mean something like this NASA centrifuge?
  4. Oct 12, 2017 #3
    Yes and no, just curious about something. Light can be bent by gravity right? How fast should a centrifuge spin to have an effect on light?
  5. Oct 12, 2017 #4


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    In a practical sense, no. Even the mass of the sun bends light only a tiny angle. Large galaxies are needed to create gravitational lending where the bending of light is obvious.

    So if you mean man made things and appreciable bending of spacetime, no. On the other hand, you can easily bend light with a lens.

    Edit: typo fixed, bending rather than branding.
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  6. Oct 12, 2017 #5


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    Currently it looks like 0.01 deg/h is the smallest optically detectable rotation.


    As @anorlunda says, that is not from the curvature of spacetime
  7. Oct 12, 2017 #6


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    That 0.01 deg/h figure is far from the best we can achieve. We can do many orders of magnitude better using the same technique.
  8. Oct 12, 2017 #7


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    Excellent, what is the current limit?
  9. Oct 12, 2017 #8

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    The effect a centrifuge has on light is solely due to its motion. You can see the same effect in an elevator, where in an elevator-centered frame, light curves down. Unfortunately the degree of curvature is tiny (why we can still see in elevators), and it won't be much larger in a centrifuge.
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