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Spin driven motion in intense spacetime wave geometries

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Journal publication date2002
JournalTheoretical and Applied Mechanics
Number of pages16
Original languageEnglish


The motion of a massive particle with intrinsic spin in a gravitational Einstein vacuum plane wave background is explored using the
pole-dipole approximation to the Dixon multipole expansion for matter with compact support. Motivated by application to astrophysical
processes the dynamical behaviour of the spin and particle motion
is described by numerically solving a system of non-linear first order
ordinary differential equations. Some results are displayed in a reference frame adapted to the transverse nature of a monochromatic
polarised gravitational wave of arbitrary intensity.