# Gravitational refraction

I recently used another venue to ask about the speed of gravity, specifically if the speed of gravity is constant or if it is subject to refraction when passing through media, akin to light.

The response stated the speed of gravity was constant. Refraction in light occurs because it takes time for light to interact with particles and this interaction doesn't occur with gravity.

My understanding is that gravitational waves interact with each other. Considering particles have mass and mass has gravity, it seems to me that a gravitational wave passing through media containing mass would interact with the gravity field and that interaction would take time - thus one portion of the wave would interact before another, effectively gravitational refraction.

Am I mistaken in my assumption that a gravitational wave interacts with with a gravity field or that an interaction would be in linear time?

• I think you might be confusing diffraction and dispersion. Oct 26, 2018 at 2:32
• Thank you, I was confusing "difraction" with "refraction" but not dispersion. Diffraction being applicable to the follow up question, refraction for the initial. Updating now. Oct 26, 2018 at 2:55