Gravitational waves physics using Fermi coordinates: a new teaching perspective

In this paper published in the American Journal of Physics I show how, using Fermi coordinates, it is possible to emphasize the effects of a plane gravitational wave (GW) on test masses using an analogy with classical electromagnetism. In other words, the gravitational field can be expressed in terms of  gravito-electric and gravito-magnetic fields. In doing so, I also show that there is magnetic-like force acting on moving test masses and on spinning ones. I think this approach can be useful to teach, by analogy, the physical effects of GWs.

Precedente Rotation Effects in Relativity Successivo Physics for the masses: teaching Einsteinian gravity in primary school