Gravitational Radiation from Point Masses in a Keplerian Orbit

Phys. Rev. 131, 435 – Published 1 July 1963
P. C. Peters and J. Mathews


The gravitational radiation from two point masses going around each other under their mutual gravitational influence is calculated. Two different methods are outlined; one involves a multipole expansion of the radiation field, while the other uses the inertia tensor of the source. The calculations apply for arbitrary eccentricity of the relative orbit, but assume orbital velocities are small. The total rate, angular distribution, and polarization of the radiated energy are discussed.


  • Received 18 January 1963
  • Published in the issue dated July 1963

© 1963 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

P. C. Peters* and J. Mathews

  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

  • *National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow.

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