Volume 54, Number 2, April 2001
|Page(s)||135 - 140|
|Published online||01 December 2003|
Gravitational decoherence of planetary motions
Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (Laboratoire ENS, Université Pierre
et Marie Curie, CNRS.) - Campus Jussieu case 74,
F75252 Paris, France
2 Instituto de Física, UFRJ - Caixa Postal 68528, 21945-970 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 Laboratoire de Physique Théorique (Laboratoire CNRS, ENS, Université Paris-Sud.) - 24 rue Lhomond, F75231 Paris, France
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 9 February 2001
We study the effect of the scattering of gravitational waves on planetary motions, say the motion of the Moon around the Earth. Though this effect has a negligible influence on dissipation, it dominates fluctuations and the associated decoherence mechanism, due to the very high effective temperature of the background of gravitational waves in our galactic environment.
PACS: 04.30.-w – Gravitational waves: theory / 03.65.Yz – Decoherence; open systems; quantum statistical methods / 95.10.Ce – Celestial mechanics (including n-body problems)
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