Can a macroscopic gyroscope feel torsion? Academic Article uri icon


  • We demonstrate that for a large class of Lagrangian-based torsion theories a macroscopic gyroscope is insensitive to the torsion field: There can be no coupling of the torsion to the gyroscope's angular momentum of rotation. To detect torsion a polarized system with a net elementary particle spin is needed. These conclusions are evident from the conservation laws, which form the basis for deriving the equations of motion. 1980 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

published proceedings

  • General Relativity and Gravitation

author list (cited authors)

  • William, R., Stoeger, S. J., & Yasskin, P. B.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • William, R||Stoeger, SJ||Yasskin, Philip B

publication date

  • December 1979