Differential gravitational coupling between cylindrically-symmetric, concentric test masses and an arbitrary gravitational source: relevance to the STEP experiment

N.A. Lockerbie, A.V. Veryaskin, X. Xu

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The gravitational interaction between a point mass and a finite, hollow, thick-walled cylinder is calculated, the axial force is derived, and the parametric form of the coupling coefficients k2p is presented. This theory is applied to the test-masses for the Satellite Test of the Equivalence Principle (STEP) experiment, and an equation is derived for the differential gravitational coupling to these masses which is more than 105 times faster to compute than a Monte-Carlo integration of similar accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2419-2430
Number of pages11
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1993


  • differential gravitational coupling
  • test masses
  • gravitational source
  • STEP experiment

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