Matti Pitkanen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 8 Jul 1999 08:09:16 +0300 (EET DST)
On Wed, 7 Jul 1999 WDEshleman@aol.com wrote:
> > On Wed, 7 Jul 1999 WDEshleman@aol.com wrote:
> > > Time Group,
> > >
> > > This, my first post, was inspired by the discussion of "dissipation". I
> > > enjoyed reading a great many posts after being away from my computer for
> > > time.
> > >
> > > My question is: Since Einstein tells us that all of the orbits around
> > > Sun loose about 28 kilometers (6*pi*G*M/c^2) of orbit per orbit due to
> > > then could this loss of length be interpreted as "dissipation" of
> > > angular momentum.
> > I am not sure what you mean with the effect the loss of
> > orbit... Mass point in Schwartscildt metric has stationary orbit. (Mati)
> The loss to which I refer causes Mercury's perihelion to advance, but is
> present in all of the orbits around our Sun. I don't fully grasp why the
> entire orbit does not decay except that it is relativistic and makes the
> orbit itself orbit. Thus my question.
OK. I think that the orbit does not shrink. One can say the the
approximately ellipse shaped orbit rotates. Therefore dissipation
is not in question: for instance, one can assign conserved energy
and angular momentum to the orbit in the approximation that motion occurs
in spherically symmetric stationary metric.
I thought that the dissipation you were referring to might be from
gravitational radiation and indeed cause gradual decrease of the orbit
radius but this effect must be extremely small.
> Calculations have indicated to me that near a black hole, the advance can be
> the entire orbit.
> Bill Eshleman
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