Take the 2-minute tour ×
Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question already has an answer here:

An electromagnetic field can be diluted in a volume by using a dielectric. The polarization of the dielectric material results in the field decreasing in magnitude.

Can a gravitational field be similarly "diluted"?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Waffle's Crazy Peanut, Brandon Enright, Kyle Kanos, John Rennie, Qmechanic Mar 25 at 22:39

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Possible duplicate: physics.stackexchange.com/q/2767/2451 and links therein. –  Qmechanic Mar 25 at 17:18
add comment

1 Answer 1

To quote the Wikipedia article on gravitational shielding, "gravitational shielding is considered to be a violation of the equivalence principle and therefore inconsistent with both Newtonian theory and general relativity." You can also think of this as being due to the fact that mass only comes in one flavor, positive.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.