I’m basing this question on some serious (?) speculation in an early ***Omni ***article. The author may have been wrong, but did not seem to me to be some sort of crank. My interest has been renewed by recent research of gravity waves.
As the Physics experts here know, moving or changing electrical charges sets up electromagnetic waves through space. Because of the relationship between electrostatic forces and magnetism the “disturbance” in the former causes a perpendicular wave of magnetic disturbance. The symmetry is such that this produces a secondary electric disturbance, and so on. Hence the travelling wave function is referred to as an example of electromagnetism. (The unity of the three long-observed phenomena is a pretty modern concept.)
My Physics and Astronomy prof (way back long before the earth’s crust completely cooled) was already interested in grav waves, and preferred the example two charges pushed toward and then away from each other. (He wondered aloud about the possibility of two huge masses being pushed away and toward each other.) The textbook we used stressed two electrodes of opposite charges repeatedly switched. On the atomic level, electrons dropping from an excited state down to the lowest available one are responsible for visible light and other, non-visible examples.
The Omni article offered some way-out speculation on artificial grav, or “anti-gravity”.
It suggested a parallel, so that one could supposedly wrap a coil into a loop and send very dense masses very quickly through it, creating a separate grav field that could be manipulated at will. The article seemed very serious because it outlined two or three tremendous hurdles for this method. First, we are talking about white dwarf densities being controlled. Second, they would have to be shifted at speeds crowding c. (The article outlined two other very speculative or impractical methods.)
My question is about the intermediate possible phenomenon suggested. Do gravitational waves involve a sort of para-gravitational analog at right angles? I cannot recall if the article called them this or something else.
I know enough of Physics that the g force is in many ways different form the e-m force. For one thing, grav is not polar, but always attractive. Also I recall that the hypothetical quantum, the graviton, is supposed to have a spin of 2, instead of 1. I have no idea why it has been worked out this way, but it is a difference I am aware of.
Okay, fight my ignorance, but please be gentle.