Gravitational lensing and the variability of G

Lawrence M. Krauss, Martin White

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Abstract

The four observables associated with gravitational lensing of distant quasars by intervening galaxies -image splittings, relative amplifications, time delays, and optical depths - provide separate measures of the strength of the gravitational constant G at cosmological distances. These allow one, in principle, to factor out unknown lensing parameters to directly probe the variation of G over cosmological time. We estimate constraints on G which may be derivable by this method both now and in the future. The limits one may obtain can compete or exceed other direct limits on G today, but unfortunately extracting this information is not independent of the effort to fix other cosmological parameters such as Ho and Ωo from lensing observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume397
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

Keywords

  • Cosmology: theory
  • Gravitation
  • Gravitational lensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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