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{| class="wikitable" style="float: right;"! Values of {{mvar|G}}! Units
Gmetre>m3⋅kilogram−1⋅second>s−2
4.30091e=-3}} parsec⋅Solar mass>M⊙−1⋅(kilometre/second>s)2
File:NewtonsLawOfUniversalGravitation.svg|thumb|right|300px|The gravitational constant {{math|G}} is a key quantity in Newton's law of universal gravitationNewton's law of universal gravitationThe gravitational constant (also known as the "universal gravitational constant", the "Newtonian constant of gravitation", or the "Cavendish gravitational constant"),{{efn|"Newtonian constant of gravitation" is the name introduced for G by Boys (1894). Use of the term by T.E. Stern (1928) was misquoted as "Newton's constant of gravitation" in Pure Science Reviewed for Profound and Unsophisticated Students (1930), in what is apparently the first use of that term. Use of "Newton's constant" (without specifying "gravitation" or "gravity") is more recent, as "Newton's constant" was alsoused for the heat transfer coefficient in Newton's law of cooling, but has by now become quite common, e.g.Calmet et al, Quantum Black Holes (2013), p. 93; P. de Aquino, Beyond Standard Model Phenomenology at the LHC (2013), p. 3.The name "Cavendish gravitational constant", sometimes "Newton–Cavendish gravitational constant", appears to have been common in the 1970s to 1980s, especially in (translations from) Soviet-era Russian literature, e.g. Sagitov (1970 [1969]), Soviet Physics: Uspekhi 30 (1987), Issues 1–6, p. 342 [etc.]."Cavendish constant" and "Cavendish gravitational constant" is also used in Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, John Archibald Wheeler, "Gravitation", (1973), 1126f.Colloquial use of "Big G", as opposed to "little g" for gravitational acceleration dates to the 1960s (R.W. Fairbridge, The encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences and astrogeology, 1967, p. 436; note use of "Big G's" vs. "little g's" as early as the 1940s of the Einstein tensor G'μν vs. the metric tensor g'μν,Scientific, medical, and technical books published in the United States of America: a selected list of titles in print with annotations: supplement of books published 1945–1948, Committee on American Scientific and Technical Bibliography National Research Council, 1950, p. 26).}} denoted by the letter {{math|G}}, is an empirical physical constant involved in the calculation of gravitational effects in Sir Isaac Newton's law of universal gravitation and in Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.In Newton's law, it is the proportionality constant connecting the gravitational force between two bodies with the product of their masses and the inverse square of their distance. In the Einstein field equations, it quantifies the relation between the geometry of spacetime and the energy–momentum tensor.The measured value of the constant is known with some certainty to four significant digits. In SI units its value is approximately {{physconst|G|after=.|round=3}}The modern notation of Newton's law involving {{math|G}} was introduced in the 1890s by C. V. Boys.The first implicit measurement with an accuracy within about 1% is attributed to Henry Cavendish in a 1798 experiment.Cavendish determined the value of G indirectly, by reporting a value for the Earth's mass, or the average density of Earth, as {{val|5.448|u=g.cm-3}}

Definition

According to Newton's law of universal gravitation, the attractive force ({{math|F}}) between two point-like bodies is directly proportional to the product of their masses ({{math|m1}} and {{math|m2}}), and inversely proportional to the square of the distance, {{math|r}}, (inverse-square law) between them:
F = Gfrac{m_1m_2}{r^2} ,.
The constant of proportionality, {{math|G}}, is the gravitational constant.Colloquially, the gravitational constant is also called "Big G", for disambiguation with "small g" ({{math|g}}), which is the local gravitational field of Earth (equivalent to the free-fall acceleration).WEB, Jens H., Gundlach, Stephen M., Merkowitz, University of Washington Big G Measurement, Astrophysics Science Division, Goddard Space Flight Center, 2002-12-23,weblink Since Cavendish first measured Newton's Gravitational constant 200 years ago, "Big G" remains one of the most elusive constants in physics, BOOK, Fundamentals of Physics, 8th, Halliday, David, Resnick, Robert, Walker, Jearl, 978-0-470-04618-0, 336, Fundamentals of Physics, September 2007, Where {{math|M⊕}} is the mass of the Earth and {{math|r⊕}} is the radius of the Earth, the two quantities are related by:
{{math|g {{=}} {{sfrac|GM⊕|r{{sub|⊕}}{{sup|2}}}}}}.
In the Einstein field equations of general relativity,BOOK, Einstein's General Theory of Relativity: With Modern Applications in Cosmology, illustrated, Øyvind, Grøn, Sigbjorn, Hervik, Springer Science & Business Media, 2007, 978-0-387-69200-5, 180,weblink JOURNAL, Einstein, Albert, The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity, Annalen der Physik, 354, 7, 769–822, 1916,weblink 10.1002/andp.19163540702, PDF, 1916AnP...354..769E,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120206225139weblink">weblink 2012-02-06,
R_{mu nu} - tfrac{1}{2}R , g_{mu nu} = frac{8 pi G }{c^4} T_{mu nu} ,,
Newton's constant appears in the proportionality between the spacetime curvature and the energy density component of the stress–energy tensor. The scaled gravitational constant, or Einstein's constant, is:BOOK, Introduction to General Relativity, Ronald, Adler, Maurice, Bazin, Menahem, Schiffer, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1975, 2nd, 978-0-07-000423-8, 345, {{efn|Depending on the choice of definition of the stress–energy tensor it can also be normalized as {{nowrap|{{math|κ {{=}} {{sfrac|8π|c2}}G}} ≈ {{val|1.866|e=-26|u=m⋅kg−1}}}}.}}
{{nowrap|{{math|κ {{=}} {{sfrac|8π|c4}}G}} ≈ {{val|2.071|e=-43|u=s2⋅m−1⋅kg−1}}}}.

Value and dimensions

The gravitational constant is a physical constant that is difficult to measure with high accuracy.JOURNAL, George T., Gillies, The Newtonian gravitational constant: recent measurements and related studies, Reports on Progress in Physics, 1997, 60, 2, 151–225,weblink 10.1088/0034-4885/60/2/001, 1997RPPh...60..151G, . A lengthy, detailed review. See Figure 1 and Table 2 in particular. This is because the gravitational force is extremely weak as compared to other fundamental forces.{{efn|For example, the gravitational force between an electron and proton one meter apart is approximately {{val|e=−67|ul=N}}, whereas the electromagnetic force between the same two particles is approximately {{val|e=−28|u=N}}. The electromagnetic force in this example is some 39 orders of magnitude (i.e. 1039) greater than the force of gravity—roughly the same ratio as the mass of the Sun to a microgram.}}In SI units, the 2014 CODATA-recommended value of the gravitational constant (with standard uncertainty in parentheses) is:JOURNAL, Mohr, Peter J., Newell, David B., Taylor, Barry N., 1507.07956, CODATA Recommended Values of the Fundamental Physical Constants: 2014, 2015-07-21, 10.1103/RevModPhys.88.035009, 88, 3, 035009, Reviews of Modern Physics, 2016RvMP...88c5009M, WEB, Newtonian constant of gravitation G,weblink CODATA, NIST,
G = 6.67408(31) times 10^{-11} {rm m^3 {cdot} kg^{-1} {cdot} s^{-2} }
This corresponds to a relative standard uncertainty of {{val|4.6|e=-5}} (46 ppm).The dimensions assigned to the gravitational constant are force times length squared divided by mass squared; this is equivalent to length cubed, divided by mass and by time squared:
[G] = frac{[F][L]^2}{[M]^{2}} = frac{[L]^3 }{[M][T]^{2}}
In SI base units, this amounts to meters cubed per kilogram per second squared:
{rm N {cdot} m^{2} {cdot} kg^{-2} } = {rm m^3 {cdot} kg^{-1} {cdot} s^{-2} } .
In cgs, {{math|G}} can be written as {{math|G}} ≈ {{val|6.674|e=-8|u=cm3⋅g−1⋅s−2}}.

Natural units

{{further|Natural units|Gravitational coupling constant}}The gravitational constant is taken as the basis of the Planck units: it is equal to the cube of the Planck length divided by the product of the Planck mass and the square of Planck time:
G= frac{l_{rm P}^3}{m_{rm P} t_{rm P}^2}.
In other words, in Planck units, {{math|G}} has the numerical value of {{val|1}}.Thus, in Planck units, and other natural units taking {{math|G}} as their basis, the value of the gravitational constant cannot be measured as this is set by definition. Depending on the choice of units, uncertainty in the value of a physical constant as expressed in one system of units shows up as uncertainty of the value of another constant in another system of units. Where there is variation in dimensionless physical constants, no matter which choice of physical "constants" is used to define the units, this variation is preserved independently of the choice of units; in the case of the gravitational constant, such a dimensionless value is the gravitational coupling constant of the electron,
alpha_text{G} = frac{G m_text{e}^2}{hbar c} = left( frac{m_text{e}}{m_text{P}} right)^2 approx 1.7518 times 10^{-45} ,
a measure for the gravitational attraction between a pair of electrons, proportional to the square of the electron rest mass.

Orbital mechanics

{{see|Standard gravitational parameter|orbital mechanics|celestial mechanics|Gaussian gravitational constant|Earth mass|Solar mass}}In astrophysics, it is convenient to measure distances in parsecs (pc), velocities in kilometers per second (km/s) and masses in solar units {{math|M{{sub|⊙}}}}. In these units, the gravitational constant is:
G approx 4.302 times 10^{-3} {rm pc} M_odot^{-1} {rm (km/s)^2 }. ,
For situations where tides are important, the relevant length scales are solar radii rather than parsecs. In these units, the gravitational constant is:
G approx 1.90809times 10^{5} R_odot M_odot^{-1} {rm (km/s)^2 }. ,
In orbital mechanics, the period {{math|P}} of an object in circular orbit around a spherical object obeys
GM=frac{3pi V}{P^2}
where {{math|V}} is the volume inside the radius of the orbit.It follows that
P^2=frac{3pi}{G}frac{V}{M}approx 10.896 {rm hr^2 {cdot} g {cdot} cm^{-3} }frac{V}{M}.
This way of expressing {{math|G}} shows the relationship between the average density of a planet and the period of a satellite orbiting just above its surface.For elliptical orbits, applying Kepler's 3rd law, expressed in units characteristic of Earth's orbit:
G = 4 pi^2 {rm AU^3 {cdot} yr^{-2}} M^{-1} approx 39.478 {rm AU^3 {cdot} yr^{-2}} M_odot^{-1} ,
where distance is measured in terms of the semi-major axis of Earth's orbit (the astronomical unit, AU), time in years, and mass in the total mass of the orbiting system ({{math|1=M = {{solar mass}} + {{earth mass}} + {{lunar mass|sym=yes}}}}{{mvar|M}} ≈ 1.000003040433 {{math|{{solar mass}}}}, so that {{mvar|M}} {{=}} {{math|{{solar mass}}}} can be used for accuracies of five or fewer significant digits.).The above equation is exact only within the approximation of the Earth's orbit around the Sun as a two-body problem in Newtonian mechanics, the measured quantities contain corrections from the perturbations from other bodies in the solar system and from general relativity.From 1964 until 2012, however, it was used as the definition of the astronomical unit and thus held by definition:
1 {rm AU} = left( frac{GM}{4 pi^2} {rm yr}^2 right)^{frac{1}{3}} approx 1.495979 times 10^{11} {rm m}.
Since 2012, the AU is defined as {{val|1.495978707|e=11|u=m}} exactly, and the equation can no longer be taken as holding precisely.The quantity {{math|GM}}—the product of the gravitational constant and the mass of a given astronomical body such as the Sun or Earth—is known as the standard gravitational parameter and (also denoted {{math|μ}}). The standard gravitational parameter {{math|GM}} appears as above in Newton's law of universal gravitation, as well as in formulas for the deflection of light caused by gravitational lensing, in Kepler's laws of planetary motion, and in the formula for escape velocity.This quantity gives a convenient simplification of various gravity-related formulas. The product {{math|GM}} is known much more accurately than either factor is.
{| class=wikitable|+ Values for GM
! Body || {{math|1=μ = GM}} || Value || Precision
Sun >G{{solar mass}}}} {{val(9)u=m3⋅s−2}} WEB, Astrodynamic Constants, 27 February 2009NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory>JPL,weblink 27 July 2009, 10 digits
Earth >G{{earth mass}}}} {{val(8)u=m3⋅s−2}}GEOCENTRIC GRAVITATIONAL CONSTANT >WORK=NUMERICAL STANDARDS FOR FUNDAMENTAL ASTRONOMY VIA=MAIA.USNO.NAVY.MIL ACCESSDATE=31 OCTOBER 2017, Citing
  • JOURNAL, Ries JC, Eanes RJ, Shum CK, Watkins MM,, Progress in the determination of the gravitational coefficient of the Earth, Geophysical Research Letters, 20 March 1992, 19, 6, 10.1029/92GL00259, 1992GeoRL..19..529R, 529–531, || 9 digits
Calculations in celestial mechanics can also be carried out using the units of solar masses, mean solar days and astronomical units rather than standard SI units. For this purpose, the Gaussian gravitational constant was historically in widespread use, {{nowrap|{{mvar|k}} {{=}} {{val|0.01720209895}}}}, expressing the mean angular velocity of the Sun–Earth system measured in radians per day. The use of this constant, and the implied definition of the astronomical unit discussed above, has been deprecated by the IAU in 2012.

History of measurement

{{see|Earth mass|Schiehallion experiment|Cavendish experiment}}

Early history

Between 1640 and 1650, Grimaldi and Riccioli had discovered that the distance covered by objects in free fall was proportional to the square of the time taken, which led them to attempt a calculation of the gravitational constant by recording the oscillations of a pendulum.J.L. Heilbron, Electricity in the 17th and 18th Centuries: A Study of Early Modern Physics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979), 180.The existence of the constant is implied in Newton's law of universal gravitation as published in the 1680s (although its notation as {{math|G}} dates to the 1890s), but is not calculated in his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica where it postulates the inverse-square law of gravitation. In the Principia, Newton considered the possibility of measuring gravity's strength by measuring the deflection of a pendulum in the vicinity of a large hill, but thought that the effect would be too small to be measurable.JOURNAL, Davies, R.D., A Commemoration of Maskelyne at Schiehallion, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 26, 3, 289–294, 1985QJRAS..26..289D, 1985, Nevertheless, he estimated the order of magnitude of the constant when he surmised that "the mean density of the earth might be five or six times as great as the density of water", which is equivalent to a gravitational constant of the order:"Sir Isaac Newton thought it probable, that the mean density of the earth might be five or six times as great as the density of water; and we have now found, by experiment, that it is very little less than what he had thought it to be: so much justness was even in the surmises of this wonderful man!" Hutton (1778), p. 783
{{math|G}} ≈ {{val|7|1|e=-11|u=m3⋅kg–1⋅s−2}}
A measurement was attempted in 1738 by Pierre Bouguer and Charles Marie de La Condamine, in their "Peruvian expedition". Bouguer downplayed the significance of their results in 1740, suggesting that the experiment had at least proved that the Earth could not be a hollow shell, as some thinkers of the day, including Edmond Halley, had suggested.BOOK, Poynting, J.H., The Earth: its shape, size, weight and spin, Cambridge, 1913, 50–56,weblink The Schiehallion experiment, proposed in 1772 and completed in 1776, was the first successful measurement of the mean density of the Earth, andthus indirectly of the gravitational constant. The result reported by Charles Hutton (1778) suggested a density of {{val|4.5|u=g/cm3}} (4{{frac|1|2}} times the density of water), about 20% below the modern value.JOURNAL, Hutton, C., 1778, An Account of the Calculations Made from the Survey and Measures Taken at Schehallien, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 68, 689–788, 10.1098/rstl.1778.0034,weblink This immediately led to estimates on the densities and masses of the Sun, Moon and planets, sent by Hutton to Jérôme Lalande for inclusion in his planetary tables.As discussed above, establishing the average density of Earth is equivalent to measuring the gravitational constant, given Earth's mean radius and the mean gravitational acceleration at Earth's surface, by setting
G = gfrac{R_oplus^2}{M_oplus} = frac{3g}{4pi R_oplusrho_oplus}.Boys 1894, p.330 In this lecture before the Royal Society, Boys introduces G and argues for its acceptance. See:
Poynting 1894, p. 4, MacKenzie 1900, p.viBased on this, Hutton's 1778 result is equivalent to {{math|G}} ≈ {{val|8|e=-11|u=m3â‹…kg–1â‹…s−2}}.File:Cavendish Torsion Balance Diagram.svg|thumb|Diagram of torsion balance used in the Cavendish experiment performed by Henry CavendishHenry CavendishThe first direct measurement of gravitational attraction between two bodies in the laboratory was performed in 1798, seventy-one years after Newton's death, by Henry Cavendish.Published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1798); reprint: Cavendish, Henry (1798). "Experiments to Determine the Density of the Earth". In MacKenzie, A. S., Scientific Memoirs Vol. 9: The Laws of Gravitation. American Book Co. (1900), pp. 59–105.He determined a value for {{math|G}} implicitly, using a torsion balance invented by the geologist Rev. John Michell (1753). He used a horizontal torsion beam with lead balls whose inertia (in relation to the torsion constant) he could tell by timing the beam's oscillation. Their faint attraction to other balls placed alongside the beam was detectable by the deflection it caused. In spite of the experimental design being due to Michell, the experiment is now known as the Cavendish experiment for its first successful execution by Cavendish.Cavendish's stated aim was the "weighing of Earth", that is, determining the average density of Earth and the Earth's mass. His result, ρ⊕ = {{val|5.448|(33)|u=g·cm−3}}, corresponds to value of {{math|G}} = {{val|6.74|(4)|e=-11|u=m3â‹…kg–1â‹…s−2}}. It is surprisingly accurate, about 1% above the modern value (comparable to the claimed standard uncertainty of 0.6%).2014 CODATA value {{nowrap|{{val|6.674|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg−1â‹…s−2}}}}.

19th century

The accuracy of the measured value of {{math|G}} has increased only modestly since the original Cavendish experiment.BOOK, Brush, Stephen G., Holton, Gerald James, Physics, the human adventure: from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 2001, 137, 978-0-8135-2908-0, WEB, Jennifer Lauren, Lee, Big G Redux: Solving the Mystery of a Perplexing Result, November 16, 2016, NIST,weblink {{math|G}} is quite difficult to measure because gravity is much weaker than other fundamental forces, and an experimental apparatus cannot be separated from the gravitational influence of other bodies. Furthermore, gravity has no established relation to other fundamental forces, so it does not appear possible to calculate it indirectly from other constants that can be measured more accurately, as is done in some other areas of physics.Measurements with pendulums were made by Francesco Carlini (1821, {{val|4.39|u=g/cm3}}), Edward Sabine (1827, {{val|4.77|u=g/cm3}}) Carlo Ignazio Giulio (1841, {{val|4.95|u=g/cm3}}) and George Biddell Airy (1854, {{val|6.6|u=g/cm3}}).BOOK
, Poynting
, John Henry
, The Mean Density of the Earth
, Charles Griffin
, 1894
, London
, 22–24
,weblink
,
,
,
Cavendish's experiment was first repeated by Ferdinand Reich (1838, 1842, 1853), who found a value of {{val|5.5832|(149)|u=g·cm−3}},F. Reich, On the Repetition of the Cavendish Experiments for Determining the mean density of the Earth" Philosophical Magazine 12: 283-284. which is actually worse than Cavendish's result, differing from the modern value by 1.5%.Cornu and Baille (1873), found {{val|5.56|u=g·cm−3}}.Mackenzie (1899), p. 125.Cavendish's experiment proved to result in more reliable measurements than pendulum experiments of the "Schiehallion" (deflection) type or "Peruvian" (period as a function of altitude) type. Pendulum experiments still continued to be performed, by Robert von Sterneck (1883, results between 5.0 and {{val|6.3|u=g/cm3}}) and Thomas Corwin Mendenhall (1880, {{val|5.77|u=g/cm3}}).A.S. Mackenzie , The Laws of Gravitation (1899), 127f.Cavendish's result was first improved upon by John Henry Poynting (1891)BOOK,weblink The mean density of the earth, Poynting, John Henry, 1894, London, Gerstein - University of Toronto, , who published a value of {{val|6.69|(84)|u=g·cm−3}}, differing from the modern value by 0.2%, but compatible with the modern value within the cited standard uncertainty of 0.55%.In addition to Poynting, measurements were made by C. V. Boys (1895)C.V. Boys, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A. Pt. 1. (1895). and Carl Braun (1897),Carl Braun, Denkschriften der k. Akad. d. Wiss. (Wien), math. u. naturwiss. Classe, 64 (1897).Braun (1897) quoted an optimistic standard uncertainty of 0.03%, {{val|6.649|(2)|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg−1â‹…s−2}} but his result was significantly worse than the 0.2% feasible at the time. with compatible results suggesting {{math|G}} = {{val|6.66|(1)|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg−1â‹…s−2}}.The modern notation involving the constant {{math|G}} was introduced by Boys in 1894 and becomes standard by the end of the 1890s, with values usually cited in the cgs system.Richarz and Krigar-Menzel (1898) attempted a repetition of the Cavendish experiment using 100,000 kg of lead for the attracting mass. The precision of their result of {{val|6.683|(11)|e=-11|u=m3â‹…kg−1â‹…s−2}}was, however, of the same order of magnitude as the other results at the time.Sagitov, M. U., "Current Status of Determinations of the Gravitational Constant and the Mass of the Earth", Soviet Astronomy, Vol. 13 (1970), 712-718, translated from Astronomicheskii Zhurnal Vol. 46, No. 4 (July–August 1969), 907-915 (table of historical experiments p. 715).Arthur Stanley Mackenzie in The Laws of Gravitation (1899) reviews the work done in the 19th century.Mackenzie, A. Stanley, The laws of gravitation; memoirs by Newton, Bouguer and Cavendish, together with abstracts of other important memoirs, American Book Company (1900 [1899]).Poynting is the author of the article "Gravitation" in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1911). Here, he cites a value of {{math|G}} = {{val|6.66|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg−1â‹…s−2}} with an uncertainty of 0.2%.

Modern value

Paul R. Heyl (1930) published the value of {{val|6.670|(5)|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg–1â‹…s−2}} (relative uncertainty 0.1%),JOURNAL, P. R., Heyl, Paul R. Heyl,weblink A redetermination of the constant of gravitation, National Bureau of Standards Journal of Research, 5, 6, 1930, 1243–1290, 10.6028/jres.005.074, improved to {{val|6.673|(3)|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg–1â‹…s−2}} (relative uncertainty 0.045% = 450 ppm) in 1942.P. R. Heyl and P. Chrzanowski (1942), cited after Sagitov (1969:715).Published values of {{mvar|G}} derived from high-precision measurements since the 1950s have remained compatible with Heyl (1930), but within the relative uncertainty of about 0.1% (or 1,000 ppm) have varied rather broadly, and it is not entirely clear if the uncertainty has been reduced at all since the 1942 measurement.Some measurements published in the 1980s to 2000s were, in fact, mutually exclusive.JOURNAL, Peter J., Mohr, Barry N., Taylor, CODATA recommended values of the fundamental physical constants: 2002, Reviews of Modern Physics, January 2005, 77, 1, 1–107,weblink 2006-07-01, 10.1103/RevModPhys.77.1, 2005RvMP...77....1M, 10.1.1.245.4554, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070306174141weblink">weblink 2007-03-06, Section Q (pp. 42–47) describes the mutually inconsistent measurement experiments from which the CODATA value for {{mvar|G}} was derived. Establishing a standard value for {{mvar|G}} with a standard uncertainty better than 0.1% has therefore remained rather speculative.By 1969, the value recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was cited with a standard uncertainty of 0.046% (460 ppm), lowered to 0.012% (120 ppm) by 1986. But the continued publication of conflicting measurements led NIST to radically increase the standard uncertainty in the 1998 recommended value, by a factor of 12, to a standard uncertainty of 0.15%, larger than the one given by Heyl (1930).The uncertainty was again lowered in 2002 and 2006, but once again raised, by a more conservative 20%, in 2010, matching the standard uncertainty of 120 ppm published in 1986.JOURNAL,weblink CODATA recommended values of the fundamental physical constants: 2010, 13 November 2012, Reviews of Modern Physics, 10.1103/RevModPhys.84.1527, 2012RvMP...84.1527M, 1203.5425, 84, 4, 1527–1605, Mohr, Peter J., Taylor, Barry N., Newell, David B., 10.1.1.150.3858, For the 2014 update, CODATA reduced the uncertainty to 46 ppm, less than half the 2010 value, and one order of magnitude below the 1969 recommendation.The following table shows the NIST recommended values published since 1969:(File:Gravitational constant historical.png|thumb|350px|Timeline of measurements and recommended values for G since 1900: values recommended based on a literature review are shown in red, individual torsion balance experiments in blue, other types of experiments in green.){|class=wikitable!year !! G (10−11·m3â‹…kg−1â‹…s−2) || standarduncertainty(ppm) || ref.
| B. N. Taylor, W. H. Parker, and D. N. Langenberg (1969) Rev. Mod. Phys. 41(3), 375-496
| E. R. Cohen and B. N. Taylor (1973) J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 2(4), 663-734 [699]
| E. R. Cohen and B. N. Taylor (1987) Rev. Mod. Phys. 59(4), 1121-1148
| P. J. Mohr and B. N. Taylor (2000) Rev. Mod. Phys. 72(2), 351-495
| P. J. Mohr and B. N. Taylor (2005) Rev. Mod. Phys. 77(1), 1-107
| P. J. Mohr, B. N. Taylor, and D. B. Newell (2008) J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 37(3), 1187-1284
|P. J. Mohr, B. N. Taylor, and D. B. Newell (2012) J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 41
|P. J. Mohr, D. B. Newell, and B. N. Taylor (2016) J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 45
In the January 2007 issue of Science, Fixler et al. described a measurement of the gravitational constant by a new technique, atom interferometry, reporting a value of {{nowrap|1={{mvar|G}} = {{val|6.693|(34)|e=−11|u=m3⋅kg−1⋅s−2}}}}, 0.28% (2800 ppm) higher than the 2006 CODATA value.JOURNAL, J. B., Fixler, G. T., Foster, J. M., McGuirk, M. A., Kasevich, Atom Interferometer Measurement of the Newtonian Constant of Gravity, 2007-01-05, 315, 5808, 74–77, 10.1126/science.1135459, Science, 17204644, 2007Sci...315...74F, An improved cold atom measurement by Rosi et al. was published in 2014 of {{nowrap|1={{mvar|G}} = {{val|6.67191|(99)|e=−11|u=m3⋅kg−1⋅s−2}}}}.JOURNAL
, Rosi, G., Sorrentino, F., Cacciapuoti, L., Prevedelli, M., Tino, G. M.
, Precision measurement of the Newtonian gravitational constant using cold atoms
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JOURNAL, Schlamminger, Stephan, Fundamental constants: A cool way to measure big G, Nature, 18 June 2014, 10.1038/nature13507, 2014Natur.510..478S, 510, 7506, 478–480, 24965646, Although much closer to the accepted value (suggesting that the Fixler et. al. measurement was erroneous), this result was 325 ppm below the recommended 2014 CODATA value, with non-overlapping standard uncertainty intervals.As of 2018, efforts to re-evaluate the conflicting results of measurements are underway, coordinated by NIST, notably a repetition of the experiments reported by Quinn et al. (2013).JOURNAL, C. Rothleitner, S. Schlamminger, Invited Review Article: Measurements of the Newtonian constant of gravitation, G, Review of Scientific Instruments, 88, 111101, 2017, 10.1063/1.4994619, However, re-evaluating or repeating experiments that have already been performed may provide insights into hidden biases or dark uncertainty. NIST has the unique opportunity to repeat the experiment of Quinn et al. [2013] with an almost identical setup. By mid-2018, NIST researchers will publish their results and assign a number as well as an uncertainty to their value., Referencing:
  • JOURNAL, T. Quinn, H. Parks, C. Speake, R. Davis, Improved determination of G using two methods, Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 101102, 2013,
The 2018 experiment was described by CONFERENCE, C. Rothleitner,weblink Newton’s Gravitational Constant 'Big' G – A proposed Free-fall Measurement, CODATA Fundamental Constants Meeting, Eltville – 5 February 2015, In August 2018, a Chinese research group announced new measurements based on torsion balances, {{val|6.674184|(78)|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg–1â‹…s−2}} and {{val|6.674484|(78)|e=−11|u=m3â‹…kg–1â‹…s−2}} based on two different methods.JOURNAL, Qing, Li, etal, Measurements of the gravitational constant using two independent methods, Nature, 560, 7720, 582–588, 2018, 10.1038/s41586-018-0431-5, 30158607, .See also: NEWS,weblink Physicists just made the most precise measurement ever of Gravity’s strength, August 31, 2018, October 13, 2018, These are claimed as the most accurate measurements ever made, with a standard uncertainties cited as low as {{#expr:78e6/(6674184+150) round 0}} ppm. The difference of {{#expr:(484-184)/(78*sqrt(2)) round 1}}σ between the two results suggests there could be sources of error unaccounted for.

Suggested time-variation

{{see|Time-variation of fundamental constants}}A controversial 2015 study of some previous measurements of {{math|G}}, by Anderson et al., suggested that most of the mutually exclusive values in high-precision measurements of G can be explained by a periodic variation.JOURNAL, J. D., Anderson, G., Schubert, 3=V., Trimble, M. R., Feldman, Measurements of Newton's gravitational constant and the length of day, EPL, April 2015, 110, 1,weblink 10.1209/0295-5075/110/10002, 1504.06604, 2015EL....11010002A, 10002, The variation was measured as having a period of 5.9 years, similar to that observed in length-of-day (LOD) measurements, hinting at a common physical cause which is not necessarily a variation in {{math|G}}. A response was produced by some of the original authors of the {{math|G}} measurements used in Anderson et al.JOURNAL, Schlamminger, S., Gundlach, J. H., Newman, R. D., Recent measurements of the gravitational constant as a function of time, Physical Review D, 91, 12, 121101, 2015, 1550-7998, 10.1103/PhysRevD.91.121101, 1505.01774, 2015PhRvD..91l1101S, This response notes that Anderson et al. not only omitted measurements, they also used the time of publication not the time the experiments were performed. A plot with estimated time of measurement from contacting original authors seriously degrades the length of day correlation. Also taking the data collected over a decade by Karagioz and Izmailov shows no correlation with length of day measurements.JOURNAL, Karagioz, O. V., Izmailov, V. P., Measurement of the gravitational constant with a torsion balance, Measurement Techniques, 39, 10, 1996, 979–987, 0543-1972, 10.1007/BF02377461, As such the variations in {{math|G}} most likely arise from systematic measurement errors which have not properly been accounted for.Under the assumption that the physics of type Ia supernovae are universal, analysis of observations of 580 type Ia supernovae has shown that the gravitational constant has varied by less than one part in ten billion per year over the last nine billion years according to Mould et al. (2014).JOURNAL, J., Mould, S. A., Uddin, Constraining a Possible Variation of G with Type Ia Supernovae,weblink 2014-04-10, 31, e015, 10.1017/pasa.2014.9, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 1402.1534, 2014PASA...31...15M,

See also

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References

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Sources

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