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Zhong-Yue Wang, "Mass or Energy: On Charge of Gravity", Advances in High Energy Physics, vol. 2020, Article ID 8202609, 8 pages, 2020.

Mass or Energy: On Charge of Gravity

Academic Editor: Antonio J. Accioly
Received13 Mar 2020
Revised05 May 2020
Accepted20 May 2020
Published07 Aug 2020


The gravitational charge should be the energy instead of the mass. This modification will lead to some different results, and the experiments to test the new idea are also presented. In particular, we figure out how to achieve the negative energy and repulsive gravitational force in the lab.

1. Introduction

A gauge theory requires the conserved charge. The mass is an invariant in relativity and some alternative theories where is replaced by another constant [14] but not conserved in the creation, annihilation, etc. Consequently, it is impossible to get the charge of gravitation. Indeed, a photon in free space can be pulled towards the star and Earth [5] although is zero. In spite of momentum conservation, the momentum is not the gravitational charge either because the stationary objects in Cavendish’s torsion-balance experiment can attract each other. We tend to regard the gravitational interaction as arising from conservation of energy and predict some novel effects which cannot be explained by traditional theories.

2. New Form

Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that every mass attracts any other mass by a force. It takes the form where  Nm2 kg−2 is the gravitational constant and is the distance. If the charge of the gravitational interaction is energy, the new form of the force should be and the potential is a dimensionless quantity to indicate the deviation from the flat space-time in general relativity (Equation (49)). The Poisson equation is replaced by where is the energy density of the source. It is reduced to once the relation between and the mass density of the source is

At a low speed (),

In comparison to Equation (1), the new gravitational constant is

For instance, the energies of the Earth and a massless photon are and (Planck constant times the frequency ), respectively. The gravitational force

is nonzero. Equation (2) can be rewritten as

Here, plays the role of the so-called gravitational mass . From now on, the concept is redundant, and the physical meaning of the principle of equivalence is just . Einstein claimed that “The calling force of the earth depends on the gravitational mass. The answering motion of the stone depends on the inertial mass.” [6]. It should be revised to “The calling force of the earth depends on the energy. The answering motion of the stone depends on the mass”.

3. Negative Energy and Repulsion

In Newton’s theory, the gravitational force is always attractive. Now, we use the new form to examine a bound system. The rest energy of a deuteron is , and the force between the Earth should be

Nevertheless, the deuteron is composed of one proton and one neutron. Their rest energies are  eV and  eV. The resultant of forces is larger than (11). Actually, the gravitational force between the negative binding energy  eV and the Earth should be repulsive and Equation (11) is equal to

Like the Coulomb force, gravity can be not only pulling but also repelling.

4. Gravitational Effect of a Potential Energy

The total energy in the above example is still positive. Let us consider an object whose total energy can be negative. The wave function of a free particle is

In a Faraday cage, the electrostatic field is absent even though an electric scalar potential is applied. In practice, is usually the voltage relative to ground. The velocity or momentum of a particle electrically charged does not change while the total energy is

Generally speaking, energy is related to the momentum, and the energy shift is accompanied by the change of momentum. However, this is a special state whose momentum and velocity remain unchanged as the electrostatic field strength is zero. The feature is decisive to the success of the experiment to detect an effect caused by the force of gravity which is much weaker than other forces. The wave function is now and the particle gains an extra phase [7]

It is the evidence of Equation (15). In classical mechanics, the gravitational force between the Earth is

Using the new law (Figure 1),

It is against common sense that the gravitational acceleration of a freely falling body is independent of the mass, which has lodged itself in the public mind since the anecdotal Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment. We should measure the gravitational accelerations of electrically charged particles [8, 9] in a region where and . For example, the electric charge of an electron is and the force can be zero on condition that

The critical potential of a slow electron is

It must be said that we get a negative total energy (15), repulsive force of gravity (21), and reversed acceleration (20) of an electron if

5. Influence on the Mass

A hypothesis to avoid a nonconstant acceleration (Equation (20)) is that is changed to simultaneously. Under the circumstances, the gravitational acceleration is as before, and the gravitational interaction is still equivalent to a “geometric effect.” It is difficult to test Equation (20) directly in normal labs [8, 9], and one can reexamine the physical quantities involving or to speculate on the gravitational acceleration. For instance, the specific heat of the electron gas is proportional to the temperature and , i.e.,

In a Faraday cage, the specific heat will be in the event that

Now, we discuss the spectra emitted by hydrogen atoms in a cage. The electric potential energy of an electron in this atom is

The electric force as the gradient of Equation (30) is still


Due to Bohr’s quantization condition, the total energy of an electron is whereby the frequency of the spectrum should be

In my opinion, or is unaffected; otherwise, we shall discover a new effect in spectroscopy

6. Superconducting Interferometry Gravimeter

The electrostatic field within a superconductor vanishes as well. Inspired by the COW experiment of the neutron [10], we design a superconducting circuit (Figure 2) to detect the phase shift caused by the weight of the carrier.

At point 1, the incident supercurrent is split into two parts on a horizontal plane . They follow the path and , and the relative phase at point where they recombine is

is the initial momentum. By rotating the interferometer about the line , the difference between the lower path and upper path is

The height of is and the momentum should be

In the COW experiment,

The phase shift is proportional to the gravitational force . The experiments suggested in Sections 45 are to determine the gravitational acceleration and mass, respectively. This proposal is to weigh a superconducting carrier. It should be multiplied by a factor after an electric scalar potential is applied. In Einstein's elevator, the inertial force is inadequate to compensate for the gravitational force (Equation (42)) and the phase shift is nonzero.

7. Physical Significance

The gravitational acceleration (20) is at variance with not only Newton’s theory but also Einstein’s general relativity whose motion equation is independent of the mass. Actually, a geometric description holds true for the constant gravitational charge-to-mass ratios. In relativity, it is . We point out that the gravitational charge is and is equivalent to . However, the ratio in the above counterexample is not constant.

8. Geometric Theories of Gravity

To a constant , there are [14] to describe an inertial reference frame. In a gravitational field, Equations (45) and (46) are still tenable, and is given by Einstein’s field equation

For the sake of convenience, we consider the simplest case

In view of of the source, another expression of Equation (49) is familiar to us, and Equation (45) can be written as

Suppose , it is the well-known Schwarzschild solution

As to the gravitational field produced by the electrically charged particle in Section 4, there is an extra term in the Reissner-Nordström solution.

The approximation of the motion equation is and the acceleration should be

On the Earth,

In the age of Newton, the energy-mass equations of all experimental objects satisfy . Thus,

This is just Newton’s law is conducive to construct MOND (modified Newtonian dynamics).

9. Negative Mass and Attraction

A negative mass was inconceivable in Newton’s time, whereas scientists can make anomalous waves in metamaterials now whose wave vectors are reversed. The phenomena imply that the masses of quanta of these waves are less than zero [4]. In the light of Newton’s formula (Equation (1)), the gravitational force between the quanta and Earth should be repulsive. However, the energy of such a quantum is positive and the force is still attractive. The sign of gravity depends on the product of energies rather than masses. Interestingly, the gravitational acceleration should be in the opposite direction. From another angle, it is because [4] in Equation (56). In Section 4, the force is repulsive and mass is positive. Conversely, here are the attractive force and negative mass. Both the accelerations turn towards outer space. They are two types of antigravity propulsion.

10. Metric Tensor and Noninertial Effect

In a rotating frame, is the angular frequency of the rotation. The relation between frequencies and at different distances should be

When ,

It was verified long ago [11]. In fact, there are following similarities between the photon and phonon (quantum of sound) (Table 1):


Speed (constant) (constant)
Energy-momentum relation (linear) (linear)
Mass (massless) (massless)

Space and time are not physical realities. They are tools to reflect nature, and one can attempt different space-time structures to fit the data. For example, the coefficient in Equation (46) should be to describe the flat space-time of sound [1]. In a rotating system,

Neither classical mechanics nor relativity where is fixed as and the factor is can interpret Equation (67) which was predicted in 2000 [1]. Nonetheless, it was observed in 2011 [12]. of light is much greater than of sound, so the noninertial shift of light [11] is much less than that of sound [12].

11. Comparison between the Gravitational Field and Noninertial Frame

in Equation (51) yields the equations of sound in a gravitational field The gravitational frequency shift is as small as that of light. The result can be derived from a nongeometric theory too. Equation (9) is valid no matter whether it is a photon or phonon, and the potential energy should be

In this sense, the photon and phonon behave as if they have the same “gravitational mass” , though the inertial mass of the latter is [1, 12]. The total energy in a gravitational field should be

It is conserved

We have the Mössbauer effect to measure the gravitational frequency shift of light [5] but no technologies to detect such a tiny change of sound so far. In contrast, the gravitational shift of sound ought to be observable by substituting the mass of a phonon determined by the noninertial experiment [12] into Newton’s law. The potential energy and total energy near the surface of the Earth are


Nevertheless, there is no need to test Equation (75) experimentally because it does not agree with the acoustooptic effect [13]. An incident photon can absorb the energy of a phonon, and the relation between the diffracted photon is

Equation (76) does not allow for the gravitational interaction. According to Equation (71) of the photon and Equation (74) of the phonon, their energies in this process are

Owing to ,

A typical speed in the acoustooptic material is , and the total energy of a phonon is

Therefore, Equation (79) is

It is inconsistent with the experimental fact (77). We have to conclude that both the photon and phonon are subject to Equation (71) and the law of energy conservation in a gravitational field is

In a geometric theory, it is

The gravitational shifts of light and sound are the same, but their noninertial shifts (Equations (64) and (67)) are unequal. That is to say, in a geometric description, of the gravitational field only depends on the source and has nothing to do with of the test particle while of a noninertial frame is associated with not only the acceleration but also . A gravitational field cannot be equated with the noninertial system, unless .

12. Conclusions

Newton’s law of universal gravitation is not universal. The charge of gravity should be the energy whose concept became mature in the 19th century, about 100 years after his death. For this reason, the electromagnetic radiation and neutrinos in the cosmos participate in the gravitational interaction no matter if they are massive or not. In general, the mass-energy equation of common objects is , whereby Newton’s law is applicable to most cases. Likewise, Einstein’s general relativity is effective under the same premise of . We came up with some exceptions which can be divided into two types. One is [14] corresponding to a geometric description (Sections 811). The other is [14, 15], and this paper proposes a new counterexample that the energy as the gravitational charge is changed by the potential (Equation (15)) which has no effect on the mass (Section 5) and the gravitational charge-to-mass ratio is no longer (Equation (44)). We hope the experiments in Sections 46 can be carried out as soon as possible.

Data Availability

No data were used to support this study.

Conflicts of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflicts of interest.


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