Discrete Relativistic Positioning Systems
Abstract
We discuss the design for a discrete, immediate, simple relativistic positioning system (rPS) which is potentially able of selfpositioning (up to isometries) and operating without calibration or ground control assistance. The design is discussed in dimension two on spacetime (i.e. one spatial dimension plus one time dimension), in Minkowski and Schwarzschild solutions, as well as in dimension three (i.e. two spatial dimensions plus one time dimension) in Minkowski. The system works without calibration, clock synchronizations, or a priori knowledge about the motion of clocks, it is able to selfdiagnose hypotheses break down (for example, if one clock temporarily becomes notfreely falling, or the gravitational field changes) and it is automatically back and operational when the assumed conditions are restored. In the Schwarzschild case, we show that the system can also best fit the gravitational mass of the source of the gravitational field and stress that no weak field assumptions are made anywhere. In particular, the rPS we propose can work in a region close to the horizon since it does not use approximations or PPN expansions. More generally, the rPS can be adapted as detectors for the gravitational field and we shall briefly discuss their role in testing different theoretical settings for gravity. In fact, rPS is a natural candidate for a canonical method to extract observables out of a gravitational theory, an activity also known as designing experiments to test gravity.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 May 2018
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.1805.04741
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1805.04741
 Bibcode:
 2018arXiv180504741C
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 24 pages, 6 figures