International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Volume 6, Issue 3 (September 2016)

ISSN Print: 2161-4717   ISSN Online: 2161-4725

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A Modified Relativistic Model of Gravitational Propagation

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DOI: 10.4236/ijaa.2016.63026    1,328 Downloads   1,794 Views  Citations


A novel model of gravity is proposed and developed by modifying general relativity through propagating the gravitational field in an entirely analogous way to that of electromagnetic fields. It is therefore not a purely geometric model of gravitation, but is self-consistent, having clear causality and has the benefit of being inherently compatible with unified field theories. This model reproduces the observed almost constant rotational velocities of many galaxies as well as other large scale non-Keplerian motion. This is achieved without assuming the existence of dark matter and is made possible by modelling a rapidly rotating central star which with the inclusion of a velocity induced Doppler shift (of gravity) generates a highly anisotropic and intense, sheet like gravitational field. At extremely high gravitational fields this model remains real and finite i.e. does not generate a black hole, instead it asymptotically approaches a field limit below which light may escape. This is due to the inclusion of self-interaction of gravity in vacuum leading to a non-li nearity in the propagation of gravitational energy i.e. the effects of a gravitational field upon itself. This model is implemented computationally using an iterative finite element model. On the scale of our solar system these corrections are small and are shown not to be in obvious disagreement with high precision solar system tests.

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Merrison, J. (2016) A Modified Relativistic Model of Gravitational Propagation. International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 6, 312-327. doi: 10.4236/ijaa.2016.63026.

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