General relativistic laser interferometric observables of the GRACE-Follow-On missionстатья

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[1] General relativistic laser interferometric observables of the grace-follow-on mission / S. G. Turyshev, M. V. Sazhin, , T. T. Viktor // Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology. — 2014. — Vol. 89. — P. 105029. We develop a high-precision model for laser ranging interferometric (LRI) observables of the GRACE Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. For this, we study the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in the gravitational field in the vicinity of an extended body, in the post-Newtonian approximation of the general theory of relativity. We present a general relativistic model for the phase of a plane wave that accounts for contributions of all the multipoles of the gravitating body and its angular momentum, as well as the contribution of tidal fields produced by external sources. We develop a new approach to model a coherent signal transmission in the gravitational field of the Solar System that relies on a relativistic treatment of the phase. We use this approach to describe high-precision interferometric measurements on GRACE-FO and formulate the key LRI observables, namely, the phase and phase rate of a coherent laser link between the two spacecraft. We develop a relativistic model for the LRI-enabled range between the two GRACE-FO spacecraft, accurate to less than 1 nm, and a high-precision model for the corresponding range rate, accurate to better than 0.1 nm/s. We also formulate high-precision relativistic models for the double one-way range (DOWR) and DOWR-enabled range-rate observables originally used on GRACE and now studied for interferometric measurements on GRACE-FO. Our formulation justifies the basic assumptions behind the design of the GRACE-FO mission and highlights the importance of achieving nearly circular and nearly identical orbits for the GRACE-FO spacecraft. [ DOI ]

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