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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Physical meaning of harmonic function?

In complex numbers, we define a harmonic function as a twice continuously differentiable function such that the Laplace operator acting on it gives zero. Can anybody explain me the physical ...
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Do the concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic curvatures imply that all spaces are embedded in a higher dimensional space?

The concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic curvature seem to imply that all spaces must be embedded in a higher dimensional space? What does this imply for physical reality?
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How can the universe be flat and have no center if universal mass-energy content is finite?

WMAP measurements confirm that the universe is flat within a 0.4% margin of error. If we assume the universe is flat and there is no 'center' then how could the mass energy content be finite since ...
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Coordinate Symbol confusion in general relativity

In a previous post (Finding the metric tensor from the Einstein field equation?), the equation used lambda, rho mu and nu (not sure of the names of the letters!) for the Ricci tensor and swapped to a, ...
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Gravity is curved geometry: A fact of nature or model-dependent interpretation?

We are regularly taught in high-schools and universities that, according to General Relativity (GR), gravity is nothing but a manifestation of space-time curvature (which, in its turn, is caused by ...
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Euclidean black hole extrinsic curvature

I have read that the extrinsic curvature at the horizon of a euclidean black hole is zero? Does anybody know how this can be shown?
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Interpreting the Kretschmann scalar

How do you interpret the Kretschmann scalar (in general relatvity)? What can you tell from it? The Kretschmann scalar is defined as $$K = R_{abcd} R^{abcd} $$ where $R_{abcd}$ is the Riemann ...
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Higher-Dimensional Metrics in (Hyper)-Spherical Coordinates

I want to compute the components of the Riemann curvature tensor (for a case similar to the Schwarzschild solution) in 4 + 1 dimensions, but I want to use a higher-dimensional analogue of spherical ...
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How to measure the curvature of the space-time?

I know G.R. change our vision of space and time as a unique surface than can bend. We can associate the curvature of the space-time as the gravity created by the mass of planets, stars... But how can ...
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Detail of deriving Berry Curvature From Berry Connection

The Berry curvature of the $n^{\mathrm{th}}$ eigenstate of Hamiltonian $H$ for the vector of external parameters $\vec{R}$ can be derived in part by writing the following two lines: $B^n(\vec{R}) ...
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Ricci scalar for a diagonal metric tensor

I was wondering if there is a general formula for calculating Ricci scalar for any diagonal $n\times n$ metric tensor?
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Determination of Ricci tensor and Scalar curvature from vielbeins [migrated]

Consider the following metric: $ds^2=h(r)\bigg(dr^2+r^2\big(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta ~d\phi^2+(d\psi+\cos\theta ~d\phi)^2\big)\bigg)$ We can try to compute the Ricci scalar of this metric by using ...
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(Scalar) Ricci flatness of a metric

What is the physical meaning to vanishing Ricci scalar $R=0$ of a metric in general relativity? Note that this is not the same questions as the geometric meaning of $R_{\mu\nu}=0$ which has been asked ...
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Uniqueness of the Einstein tensor

This is related with an exercise 17.4-a in MTW Here what i want to show is the Einstein tensor $G_{\alpha\beta} = R_{\alpha\beta} - \frac{1}{2} R g_{\alpha \beta}$ is the only second-rank, symmetric ...
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Background field expansion in normal coordinates

Background field expansion following form $Y= X+\pi$ where $X$ is my background field and $\pi$ is the fluctuation. From the Normal coordinates we have the expansion of $\pi^{\mu} = ...
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“Projection of metric” vs. “projection of curvatures” [migrated]

Suppose we have a submanifold $M^n$ which is embedded in manifold $M^{n+2}$ and $g_{\mu \nu}$ denotes the metric of $M^{n+2}$. We know that the induced metric on the submanifold is defined by ...
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Most general second-rank symmetric tensor in Einstein theory

I am reading MTW page 407, Exercise 17.1. (a) Show that the most general second-rank, symmetric tensor constructable from Riemann and $g$, and linear in Riemann, is $$a R_{\alpha\beta} + b R ...
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What Would Negative Mass Do To Spacetime?

It's known that positive mass bends space-time to create a curvature. But if something had negative mass what would it do? Make it flat or like a crest?
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How are the Weyl & Riemann curvature tensors related to the stress energy tensor in GR?

Einstein's vacuum equations, that is without matter, allows the possibility of curvature without matter. For instance, we may consider gravitational waves. The question is: Is there some link ...
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Direction of formation of Black Hole

When Black holes are getting formed, in which direction in space they form? For example, I have read that formation of Black Holes is same as forming a hole on a rubber sheet by a spherical ball, so ...
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How does a roller coaster car stay on the track on a curve [closed]

Say a roller coaster car is going up a ramp to a drop. At some point it needs to traverse a curve to get to the drop. In general, since the car is constrained to the rail, how is it able to move ...
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How is the Ricci scalar $R=0$ here?

Given the metric in the form: $$ds^2 =-A(r)dt^2 +B(r) dr^2 dr^2 +r^2(d\theta ^2 +\sin^2\theta d\phi^2)$$ Papapetrou in his book said that $R=0$ But when I performed it I didn't get zero. For ...
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About Christoffel symbols in Riemann normal coordinates

According to the answer to this post, the Christoffel symbols in Riemann normal coordinates are approximated by $$\Gamma^{k}_{ij}(x)~\sim~\frac{1}{2} R^k{}_{ilj}(x_0) \xi^l \tag{5.10}$$ which came ...
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Can hyperbolic space be bounded?

There are many visualisations of hyperbolic geometry using Poincaré disks. What are their purpose? Can hyperbolic space be bounded? Can we endow the disk with the structure described by the FLRW ...
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de Sitter–Schwarzschild metric in the Kretschmann Gravity?

The Kretschmann Gravity (Gauss-Bonnet Gravity,Lovelock Gravity) results when the Ricci scalar is replaced by the Kretschmann invariant in the Lagrangian of the General Relativity. We consider here a ...
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Conditions for a diagonal induced metric?

Let $M$ be a manifold of dimension $n$ with a (say Lorentzian) metric $g$, that is diagonal in some choice of local coordinates. Let $S$ be manifold of dimension $k<n$ , embedded in $M$ by some ...
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Newtonian tidal forces and curvature

Today in my physics class, my lecturer said something which confused me. He said: "Newtonian tidal forces are reinterpreted as a manifestation of curvature in General Relativity". Now I know what ...
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Verifying a solution to Einstein's vacuum field equations

I need to verify a solution to Einsteins vacuum field equations. I have the solution as follows $$ds^2=a\,dt^2+b\,dr^2+\cdots$$ Is the following the right approach? Einsteins equation reduces to ...
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Is the Universe still believed to be flat?

I have read a handful of old articles from mid 2013 expressing that the Universe may, in fact, be curved. http://www.nature.com/news/universe-may-be-curved-not-flat-1.13776 ...
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How to derive the cigar soliton solution to the Ricci flow equation? [closed]

I am trying to derive the cigar soliton solution to the Ricci flow equation. Such solution has the form $$ {\frac {{{\it dx}}^{2}+{{\it dy}}^{2}}{{{\rm e}^{4\,t}}+{x}^{2}+{y}^{2 }}} $$ I am ...
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The relationship between Lorentz Lie algebra and curvature

Here I transfered the question from the comment The relationship between spin and spinor curvature How $\mathcal{R}_{ab} = \frac{1}{4}R_{abst}\gamma^s \gamma^t$ is from $\Psi \mapsto \Psi + ...
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Riemannian curvature tensor [closed]

In Einstein's field equations, it includes only energy momentum tensor of the matter alone. However, it doesn't include the energy momentum tensor of the field. In Professor Hamber lectures on General ...
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Calculating the Riemann tensor for a 3-Sphere

I have worked out all the connection symbols for the 3-sphere using calculus of variations, cf. this Phys.SE post. So to find the Riemann tensor I am trying to find all the nonzero components of: ...
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Relation between the curvature of a manifold and the number of covariantly constant vector fields that it admits

Suppose that on a four dimensional manifold we are able to explicitly construct four linearly independent covariantly constant vector fields $K^a_{\mu}$: $$D_{\mu}K^a_{\nu}=0,$$ $a=1,2,3,4$ then it ...
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Ricci Scalar of the five-dimensiional Reissner–Nordström metric is different to zero?

The Ricci scalar of the four-dimensional Reissner–Nordström metric is equal to zero. In the case of the five-dimensional Reissner–Nordström metric, the Ricci scalar is different to zero?
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Error in measuring distance ignoring curvature of Earth [closed]

Suppose you model distance as a flat 2d plane rather than a curved surface. Given that the radius of the Earth is about 6400 km, approximately how far must you travel before the relative error ...
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Laplace operator's interpretation

What is your interpretation of Laplace operator? When evaluating Laplacian of some scalar field at a given point one can get a value. What does this value tell us about the field or it's behaviour in ...
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Curvature of electrostatic potential is zero

Could you please expound upon this claim? I found such claim on Zangwill's Classical Electrodynamics, which states that constraint coming from Laplacian equation implies electrostatic potential has ...
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Can a lone black hole in a closed Universe evaporate?

If there is a closed Universe which only has a black hole in it, can that black hole evaporate? As the black hole evaporates, it gives off energy, which will eventually come back and be re-absorbed ...
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Why does a flat universe imply an infinite universe?

This article claims that because the universe appears to be flat, it must be infinite. I've heard this idea mentioned in a few other places, but they never explain the reasoning at all.
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Riemann Curvature Tensor Symmetries Proof

I am trying to expand $$\varepsilon^{{abcd}} R_{{abcd}}$$ by using four identities of the Riemann curvature tensor: Symmetry $$R_{{abcd}} = R_{{cdab}}$$ Antisymmetry first pair of indicies ...
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Equation regarding the Riemann tensor in the Cartan formalism [closed]

I have a problem verifying the following equation (in three dimensions) $$\epsilon_{abc} e^a\wedge R^{bc}=\sqrt{|g|}Rd^3 x$$ where $R$ is the Ricci scalar and $R^{bc}$ is the Ricci curvature ...
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Riemann curvature tensor notation in Wald

This question is entirely on tensorial notation in Wald's General Relativity. When specifying the properties of the Riemann tensor on pg39, he states: $R_{[abc]}^{\quad \ \ \ d} = 0$ and For the ...
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Geodesic curvature and Weyl transformations

The geodesic curvature is given by $$k=\pm t^a n_b\nabla_a t^b,$$ where $t^a$ is a unit vector tangent to the boundary of the string worldsheet and $n_a$ is an outward vector orthogonal to $t^a$. I ...
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A thought experiment on vision and curved spacetime

What follows is a long self-made example to deal with my conceptual issues of visualizing curved spacetime. Imagine an observer floating somewhere in space. He feels no strain on his body, ...
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Spacetime around a Black Hole

If we consider the sun, then space-time is curve around it. My question is that what is the kind of curvature of space and time around the black hole. Is that space and time more curved around the ...
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Tricks for Computing Riemann Curvature Tensor with Levi-Civita connection

I am new to differential geometry, so far it seems to me that computing the Riemann tensor tends to be a rather tedious task, I wanted to know whether there are some tricks that I am missing. In ...
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Spacial curvature and expanding space

If we take the analogy that in an empty space the space is just a flat sheet then if there is a single planet or a star then the flat sheet will curve below the planet leaving a curvature shaped like ...