Use this for questions pertaining to curvature of manifolds. Does not need to be specific to general relativity, but also for curvature of e.g. a [tag:calabi-yau] manifold.

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Proper time and asymptotic flatness

I'm trying to understand the concept of asymptotic flatness in general relativity, and came up with the following question: If the proper time $\tau$ is infinite for a timelike geodesic, does it mean ...
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How does bending in space-time caused by mass energy translate into acceleration of object? [duplicate]

Let say we have 2 similar apples separated by a distance apart, just their mass energy alone is sufficient to cause bending in the space-time. I think it is this bending in the space-time that cause ...
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What allows us to assume spacetime is flat when no normal matter is present?

Dark matter causes a bend in spacetime. We see this through gravitational lensing. But what allows us to assume spacetime is flat when no normal matter is present? Why can't we say that dark matter ...
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Why does the curvature of space decrease during inflation but increase after it?

According to the Friedmann equation, curvature of space will increase with time/expansion of space, but I've also read that during Inflation, the expansion caused the Universe to flatten out. What is ...
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Stress-Energy Tensor of Riemann's Curvature Field

Einstein, in "The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity," as well as most modern lecturers in the subject, use a pseudo-tensor for the stress-energy of the gravitational field. By ...
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Gravity: Why Do things fall to Earth? [duplicate]

If gravity is in reality spacetime geometry why when I drop an object on the surface of the Earth does it fall to the ground? Does spacetime push it?
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How does “curved space” explain gravitational attraction? [duplicate]

They say that gravity is technically not a real force and that it's caused by objects traveling a straight path through curved space, and that space becomes curved by mass, giving the illusion of a ...
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Which tensor describes curvature in 4D spacetime?

I heard these two statements which don't work together (in my mind): In 4D spacetime the curvature is encoded within the Riemann tensor. He holds all the information about curvature in spacetime. ...
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Spacetime curvature effect on chemistry

Do current chemistry / astrophysics / stellar chemistry calculations include the effects of the curvature of spacetime on chemical reactions? For example, the heat transfer from a point closer to the ...
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Riemann tensor with 2nd and last indice the same will vanish?

I calculated that Riemann tensors are antisymmetric with respect to 2nd and last indice,as the symmetry properities of $R_{\rho\nu\sigma\mu}$ goes. $$R^{\omega}_{\ \ \ ...
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Are all maximally symmetric spacetimes constant curvature spacetimes?

A $d$ dimensional maximally symmetric spacetime is a spacetime with the maximum allowed number of Killing vectors. This number is $\frac{d(d+1)}{2}$. Constant curvature spacetimes are spacetimes ...
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How does curved spacetime cause motion revisited

There was a previous question titled "Why would spacetime curvature cause gravity?" asked March 10, 2014. The answer given was essentially that since the time component of an object in curved space ...
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Is the popular explanation given for gravity in General Relativity misleading? [duplicate]

In most popular explanations of General Relativity, both in print and film/television, gravity is demonstrated using an example of a 2 dimensional plane being flat, then when putting a heavy object in ...
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Show that $R_{\mu\nu}=C g_{\mu\nu}$ from the vacuum Einstein equation with a nonzero $\Lambda$ [closed]

If I begin with the vacuum field equation with a nonzero cosmological constant: $$R_{\mu\nu}-\dfrac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R+g_{\mu\nu}\Lambda=0$$ How can I show that $$R_{\mu\nu}= ...
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What is the sum of the angles of a triangle on Earth orbit?

Gauss went out and measured triangles made up of mountain peaks to show that the angles sum up to 180 degree. However, general relativity leads to non-Euclidian space and I would like to get a better ...
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Local inertial frame

In general relativity we introduce local inertial frames to be such frames where the laws of special relativity holds. Let $\xi^{\alpha}$ the coordinates in the local inertial frame, so we get ...
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Thought experiment on space curvature due to gravity

Let's say you built a huge, straight rigid beam out in space, far from the sun (outside the orbit of Pluto). It is very long, say 200,000 miles long, but can be very narrow. Then you move it to the ...
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Is there proof gravity bends space or is it just the most convenient explanation?

I have read this sentence in an article: The theory [of general relativity] holds that gravity is geometry: particles are deflected when they pass near a massive object not because they feel a ...
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Expanding the Ricci tensor by summing over indices

I had an attempt at deriving the Schwarzschild metric. This is a 4-dimensional problem where the indices are being summed from 0 to 3. I got up to the part where I calculate the Ricci tensor which is ...
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Dissipation in hyperbolic and spherical space

Say that we have a point that emits point particles that all travel at the same velocity in a random direction and neither their velocity nor their direction changes and neither does the position of ...
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Why does the FLRW metric assume constant curvature?

So the FLRW metric takes the following form in reduced-circumference polar coordinates. $$\mathrm ds^2 = -c^2 \mathrm dt^2 + a^2(t) \left(\frac{\mathrm dr^2}{1 - k\, r^2} + r^2 (\mathrm ...
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What altitude you need to see the earth's curvature? [duplicate]

i have seen several videos and articles that nobody has seen earth's curvature except nasa. if someone has tried to go up to see earth curvature it seemed flat to them which makes some people to think ...
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Confusion in Special Relativity: Rotating frame of reference

Suppose we are observing a rotating frame from an inertial frame, free from gravity, and try to measure the circumference of a circle drawn in the rotating frame. Since our measuring rod would be ...
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Motion without matter

Suppose you have a vacuum spacetime with non zero cosmological constant then you can show that two test particles will move toward each other or apart depending on whether it is negative or positive ...
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Covariant Derivative commutator on a Spinor [closed]

I am trying to prove 8.14 of Supergravity - Freedman. The equation that I am trying to show is $$\gamma^\mu \nabla_\mu \gamma^\nu \nabla_\nu \psi = (g^{\mu\nu}\nabla_\mu \nabla_\nu - ...
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How are mass and density treated in general relativity? [duplicate]

Background: I am confused by how mass relates to the equations in general relativity. For example, given a certain mass density distribution, I am unsure how to express a system in terms of GR. ...
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How can a finite amount of matter be uniformly distributed in a flat, infinite space?

There are some properties of the Universe I find in the (mostly popular) literature which are often described as "the most probable in case of our Universe". I can't put them together in a way that ...
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3D-representation of space-time

When I read something about GR, I nearly always see some pictures that look like trampolines, like this one. I know that the curvature of space-time is described by the Riemann-Tensor $R$. I was ...
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Finding the Riemann tensor for the surface of a sphere with sympy.diffgeom

I have implemented a SymPy program that can calculate the Riemann curvature tensor for a given curve element. However, I am encountering problems solving for the case when the curve element is the ...
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Falling with same acceleration and meaning of gravity

My question is what does falling with same acceleration has to do with what Einstein concluded concerning the gravity in terms of the curvature?
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Can space and time separately be curved?

How can I imagine curved time, if it is not a part of four dimensional spacetime? Similarly for space. What are the measurable, observable consequences of these two phenomena in a laboratory or in ...
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The Ricci tensor and its relation to volume

From Wikipedia's entry on Ricci tensor, In differential geometry, the Ricci curvature tensor, named after Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, represents the amount by which the volume of a geodesic ball in ...
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Ricci tensor as relativistic Hamiltonian

I am little bit dissapointment with action integral in General relativity. The action integral is: $$ \int Rd^{4}x=\int R_{ij}g^{ij}d^{4}x\tag{1} $$ Where $$ ...
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How many tons of lead is needed to curve space 1 nanometer? [closed]

How many tons of lead is needed to curve space 1 nanometer?
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Can the curvature of space be measured using a swimming pool?

I read somewhere that if the center of mass of two twelve ton elephants was one meter apart then the space they curve would be one nanometer longer. (Though I doubt elephants come that dense) This ...
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Shape of the universe [duplicate]

I have just started learning GR (but have some rudimentary knowledge on differential geometry) and came across this statement: "the universe is flat with only a 0.4% margin of error". I have read ...
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General relativity without curvature?

Is there a reformulation of general relativity without curved space time, just with fields (like classical E&M)? Edit: removed the part about E&M with curvature (multiple posts).
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How are tidal gravity and curvature related?

I see tidal gravity mentioned in the literature sometimes, and sometimes people even say something like that is the “real gravity”. I am confused about the significance of tidal gravity, and what ...
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2D space-time curvature [closed]

Actually, why is the space-time curvature considered 2D plane. As 2-D dimensional space-time curve is used to explain why moon revolves around the earth stating because the massive objects wraps the ...
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Why $C_{abcd}C^{abcd}$ in de Sitter–Schwarzschild metric doesn't depend on $\Lambda$

With the de Sitter–Schwarzschild metric: $$ds^2=-\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}-\frac{\Lambda r^2}{3}\right)dt^2+\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}-\frac{\Lambda r^2}{3}\right)^{-1}dr^2+r^2d\theta+r^2\sin^2\theta d\phi$$ I ...
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Can you compare curvatures in space, spacetime and hidden space?

Spacetime curvature is given by the cosmological constant, that produces a De-Sitter spacetime. It is non-zero. But space curvature is nearly zero (how close to zero, compared to the cosmological ...
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GR time dilation cares only about local curvature, right?

Regarding this remark on Worldbuilding SE and the discussion leading up to it: Can someone properly knowledgeable on the subject please explain whether the time dilation due to being in a gravitation ...
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Does $R_{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} R^{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} \propto R$ hold?

For $R_{\mu \nu \sigma \rho}$ the Riemann-tensor and $R$ the Ricci-scalar: Does $R_{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} R^{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} \propto R$ hold? Or is there any way to relate $R$ approximately ...
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Does acceleration warp space?

I know that mass warps spacetime and gravity and acceleration are equivalent so does acceleration warp spacetime too?
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Can everything be described without anything needing to actually “bend”? [closed]

Is space bending because gravity actually causes small particles to move differently? If large source of gravity is somewhere are particles extending towards it, creating a "bend" in space? So "bend" ...
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What force causes massive objects to bend space? [duplicate]

The visualization of gravity as shown by this video is pretty good at explaining how massive objects bend space, and such bending causes objects around it to fall towards it (a.k.a: gravity). ...
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Covariant derivative commutator on spinors [closed]

What is this object $[\nabla_{\mu},\nabla_{\nu}]\epsilon$ in terms of curvature tensor $R_{\mu\nu}$? Where $\nabla_{\mu}$ is the covariant derivative on a four sphere and $\epsilon$ is spinor. PS: I ...
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Curvature of spacetime and the equivalence principle

Assuming the Einstein equivalence principle, formulated as following: The outcome of any local non-gravitational experiment in a freely falling laboratory is independent of the velocity of the ...
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Telling if geometry is curved without Riemann tensor

If you're only interested in telling whether a certain geometry is flat or curved, and you do not need to know in which way it is curved, do you still need the Riemann tensor? When I try to visualize ...
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Do Heavy objects like planets and stars create Curve in spactime fabric?

According to Newton moon revolves around the earth because of gravitational pull! But Einsteins quoted that its not the pull but Earth's mass creates a curve in spacetime and Moon revolves on the edge ...