Effect of the solar eclipse on the period of a torsion pendulum

Phys. Rev. D 43, 2041 – Published 15 March 1991
T. Kuusela


During the solar eclipse of 22 July 1990 in Finland the period of a torsion pendulum was measured. In previous experiments of this kind [Phys. Rev. D 3, 823 (1971)] a considerable increase was found in the period of the pendulum during the solar eclipse. In our experiment, however, no significant change in the period was observed. The relative change in the pendulum's period associated with the eclipse was found to be less than 4.3×10-6 (90% confidence).

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.43.2041

  • Received 17 August 1990
  • Published in the issue dated 15 March 1991

© 1991 The American Physical Society

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T. Kuusela

  • Wihuri Physical Laboratory and Department of Physical Sciences, University of Turku, 20500 Turku, Finland

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