- Earth’s gravitational pull gradually decreases with increasing altitude, and researchers have detected the differences even over several vertical feet within a lab, using the extreme sensitivity of cold atoms.
- Now a team has taken the next step by measuring the change in this gravity gradient produced by a large mass, using measurements at three different heights. They say their technique could improve gravity-based mapping of variations in rock density in geology and prospecting, and it could also boost the precision of tests of general relativity and measurements of the gravitational constant.
- Measuring the curvature of a gravitational field could improve the measurement of G, says Tino.
First Direct Measurement of Gravity’s Curvature
1. 7. 15 by Alex Klokus