## Einstein, the exponential metric, and a proposed gravitational Michelson-Morley experiment

An early but potentially important remark of Einstein on the exponential nature of time-dilation is discussed. Using the same argument for the length-contraction, plus two alternative kinematical assumptions, the Schwarzschild and exponential metrics are derived. A gravitational Michelson-Morley experiment with one arm directed along the vertical is proposed to test the metrics. The experiment may be considered as a laboratory test of the Schwarzschild field and possibly a test of the black-hole interpretation of collapsed matter.