Aichelburg-Sexl boost of an isolated source in general relativity

C. Barrabès, P. A. Hogan
2001 Physical Review D, Particles and fields  
A study of the Aichelburg--Sexl boost of the Schwarzschild field is described in which the emphasis is placed on the field (curvature tensor) with the metric playing a secondary role. This is motivated by a description of the Coulomb field of a charged particle viewed by an observer whose speed relative to the charge approaches the speed of light. Our approach is exemplified by carrying out an Aichelburg-- Sexl type boost on the Weyl vacuum gravitational field due to an isolated axially
more » ... c source. Detailed calculations of the boosts transverse and parallel to the symmetry axis are given and the results, which differ significantly, are discussed.
doi:10.1103/physrevd.64.044022 fatcat:crnajnd5izdd3a3vrla73rwraa