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Name:  David H.
Status:  student
Age:  30s
Location: N/A
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Date: 2000-2001


Question:
If, as it is suspected, that gravitons exist and that gravity is radiated, shouldn't gravity have wave properties? And couldn't this suspected wave property of gravitons be used to show they do exist? Which leads to a more practicle question, If gravity is shown to have wave properties as is suspected then would it be possible to cancel out the wave and nullify gravity? Or am I interpretting my reading wrong?


Replies:
David,

Not all radiation behaves as waves. In fact, beta radiation is just a bunch of electrons being released. Gravitons can behave as particles.

Even if they do have some wave properties, we can only examine them after we learn to detect them. Most waves we work with are electromagnetic: radio, microwaves, visible light, x-rays. Gravitons would be based on gravitational force. They would have no effect of electrical detectors. Once we figure out how to detect them, we will know that they are there anyway.

One of the major reasons to believe in gravitons is the fact that gravity decreases with distance as 1/(distance-squared). If gravitons are radiated out in all directions, the number that reach you from the radiating object will vary as 1/(distance-squared). The explanation works with photons "carrying" electric force between charges. It would make several properties of gravity easier to explain.

Dr. Ken Mellendorf



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