The LARES Mission: An Opportunity to Teach General Relativity - Frame Dragging and Lense-Thirring Effect

A. Paolozzi, C. Paris, G. Sindoni, A. Tartaglia

Abstract

LARES is an Italian Space Agency mission devoted to test frame-dragging, a prediction of general relativity. On February 2012 the satellite has been successfully put in orbit with the qualification flight of VEGA, the new European Space Agency launcher. Basic concepts of general relativity are becoming more and more familiar because of the part they play in science fiction movies. But frame-dragging (more formally known as the Lense-Thirring effect), is so peculiar that it is a relatively unknown effect. The idea of this paper is to start from the description of the experiment and then to push some parameters of the experiment to extreme values in order to magnify the effects of relativity. This approach will provide not only the students and general people but also professionals not strictly specialized in general relativity, with increased interest in gravitational theories.

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Paolozzi A., Paris C., Sindoni G. and Tartaglia A. (2015). The LARES Mission: An Opportunity to Teach General Relativity - Frame Dragging and Lense-Thirring Effect . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-108-3, pages 343-348. DOI: 10.5220/0005498503430348


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@conference{csedu15,
author={A. Paolozzi and C. Paris and G. Sindoni and A. Tartaglia},
title={The LARES Mission: An Opportunity to Teach General Relativity - Frame Dragging and Lense-Thirring Effect},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},
year={2015},
pages={343-348},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005498503430348},
isbn={978-989-758-108-3},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - The LARES Mission: An Opportunity to Teach General Relativity - Frame Dragging and Lense-Thirring Effect
SN - 978-989-758-108-3
AU - Paolozzi A.
AU - Paris C.
AU - Sindoni G.
AU - Tartaglia A.
PY - 2015
SP - 343
EP - 348
DO - 10.5220/0005498503430348