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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Coordinate Equation of a curve which bends all the parallel incoming rays from infinity towards a single point

How should i proceed on to find the coordinate equation of a curve such that it bends all the parallel rays coming from infinity towards a single point. Yes I know that it would be a 2nd degree ...
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Killing tensor and Riemann tensor identity

I know that if we have a Killing vector then it's straightforward to show the identity: $$\nabla_a \nabla_b K_c = R_{cba}^k K_d$$ I'm now trying to show the following identity for a $(0,2)$ Killing ...
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Flat space Solution of Einstein Field Equation

Does a trace-free energy-momentum tensor $T_{\mu}^{\mu} = 0$ ensure that the Einstein's field equations have a flat space solution?
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Radius of curvature and focal length

Is the radius of curvature of a convex or concave lens longer than the focal length of the lens? Does the center or curvature affect the focal point in a lens?
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The universe flat but how thick? [closed]

After reading about measurements of background radiation as evidence of a flat universe, I can not reconcile what is meant by 'flat', in both the observable and whole universe. Is it flat in all ...
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How can you tell if spherical-like coordinates are locally flat across the origin?

In general relativity, with spherical-like coordinates in a radial gauge, I have a metric that looks like: $$-g_{tt}\mathrm{d}t^2 + g_{rr}\mathrm{d}r^2 + r^2(\mathrm{d}\theta^2 + \sin^2\theta\ ...
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How energy would be consumed for bending spacetime?

If we could assume that relativity theory is correct about spacetime bending. Can we calculate energy used for moving 1 kg of object in 1 meter by changing the shape of spacetime (simulate gravity)? ...
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Why Newton's gravitational constant remains unchanged in relativity though gravity is not a force?

I know that Einstein described gravity as a curvature of spacetime. So, It is not a "force" but why Einstein had to accept Newton's gravitational force constant?
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About relativity [duplicate]

We know that the curvature of spacetime is gravity itself and it is not a force.so,why do we feel our weight in a curve spacetime but not in a straight(I mean not curve) space time like zero gravity ...
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Why does two masses with energy attract each other?

I have heard that every mass attract another mass with a force directly proportional to the multiplication of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of distance between them, but newton ...
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Gravity and circular logic [closed]

My research into gravity indicates that warped spacetime, with time as the major influence, is gravity. It also indicates gravity causes time dilation. Why is this not a circular argument. It is ...
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Radius of curvature

I have come across a question that asked me to find the radius of curvature of a projectile. As far as I know, the path of a projectile is a parabola and I have found mention of the radius of ...
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Is this video's notion of general relativity correct? [duplicate]

In this video it explains the path of the apple in the general relativity version of gravity as being a straight line on a curved surface. Is this valid? Edit: this isn't a duplicate of the supposed ...
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How does Einstein's curved space time produce acceleration in a free falling object? [duplicate]

I never really thought much about all of this before so I'm definitely a newbie. Please excuse my ignorance. If I understand what I have read so far: if spacetime is curved time would click by at a ...
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What is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter? [closed]

Since, there is always an interplay between gravity and the fabric of spacetime. I wonder which is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter?
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Hawking Radiation and Curvature

From a simple point of view in GR/QM we take a virtual pair creation and presumable they reunite shortly in flat space-time probably representable by a space-time warpage that generates geodesic ...
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How could the universe be hyperbolic if hyperbolic space isn't symmetrical?

In the 2-D projections of the shape of the universe shown here, we see that the flat universe and the spherical universe are perfectly symmetrical, so any triangle drawn anywhere on them will be the ...
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Why does matter curve space time? [duplicate]

I am under the impression that Einstein never explains in his General Theory of Relativity, why matter curves spacetime; could explanations please be given?
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$f^{\prime}(R)=0$ in $f(R)$ gravity

Suppose in a certain $f(R)$ gravity theory, $f^{\prime}(R)=0$ for some finite value of $R$. (e.g. let $f(R)=R+\alpha R^2$ with $\alpha<0$. $f^{\prime}(R)=0$ at $R=-\frac{1}{2\alpha}$.) Also ...
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Space time curvature and gravity [duplicate]

Is Space time curvature responsible for gravity or Gravity responsible for the curvature in space-time.
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Can the curvature of the Universe be a function of time?

Apologies for the repetition here, but can our Universe experience (either physically or mathematically) non-constant curvature that is a function of time?
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Do gravitational waves affect light?

Gravity "bends" light, predicted with theory of relativity and subsequently observed: how does gravity and gravitational waves achieve this effect, and shouldn't this effect be present wherever ...
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What´s the physical foundation of the assumption that the curvature of spacetime can be quantised? [duplicate]

At the moment different paths (by percentual very few people in the world) are taken to arrive (that is, if an arrival exists) at a theory that can quantise the curvature of spacetime. Considering the ...
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Did our Universe experience a curvature dominated phase?

So, my question is simple: did our Universe experience a curvature dominated phase? Or, rather, could our Universe have experienced a curvature dominated phase? This seems quite shruggish, at first ...
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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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Pendulum on a train

I've seen multiple questions about a pendulum on a train and most say to use $T = 2 \pi (L/F)^{1/2}$ and I have done this to compare the pendulum's periods before being on a train and then once its on ...
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Relation between second covariant derivative of Killing vector and Riemann tensor [closed]

I need to prove that $$D_\mu D_\nu \xi^\alpha = - R^\alpha_{\mu\nu\beta} \xi^\beta$$ where D is covariant derivative and R is Riemann tensor. $\xi$ is a Killing vector. I have proved that $$D_\mu ...
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Gravity and spacetime bending [duplicate]

Something that puzzles me if gravity is just bending of space time near a mass then what is gravitational force? If say two massive bodies were perfectly at rest relative to each other they would ...
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Do we exist in warped space and time?

Does the Suns altering of space and time (as evidenced at an eclipse) extend to the Earth such that we exist in warped space and time or are we outside those effects.
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Is the fabric of space time a real thing? [duplicate]

With ny limited intelligence I think Einstein said that the gravity is caused by a curvature in spacetime.But unless there is an actual feelable fabric(or someting similar) how is a curvature caused ...
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Curvy space in and around massive objects [closed]

If space curves around massive objects, what happens to the space within the massive objects?
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Can a lightlike singularity have nonzero mass?

The effective mass of the Schwarzschild solution is valid at $r=0$. For $m>0$, we have a spacelike singularity, while for $m<0$ we have a timelike singularity. Suppose, instead of a spacetime ...
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Small enough planet to notice rounding

This is my first question on Physics StackExchange, so bear with me. I am wondering. How dense would a planet need to be for a human to notice the fact that the planet is not flat, but round, by ...
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Is every solution of Einstein field equations unique?

Einstein's equation is $$8 \pi T_{ab} = G_{ab},$$ where the left side contains the stress-energy tensor and the right side contains the Einstein tensor. Is there exactly one unique stress-energy ...
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Is curvature space-time has impact on the object geometry

When we have e.g. metallic cube of dimensions 1x1x1m and we put it on the space without gravitational force the cube has equal 1x1x1m and we can use Euclidean geometry. But when this cube move on ...
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How does curved space make an obejct move toward Earth? [duplicate]

I think I understand how the equivalence principle shows how light can bend and therefore space must be curved. What I do not understand is how curved space makes an object move directly toward the ...
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How/why does gravity affect spacetime? [duplicate]

I've always heard that gravity warpes spacetime, but I've never understood why and/or how. I'm only 12 so please keep it simple if possible.
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How does gravity truly work? [duplicate]

I Am only 12 years old and I'm constantly wondering and trying understand how gravity really works. On YouTube everyone always talks about objects wrapping space time around themselves and uses the ...
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Questions about how the curvature of universe is described with a single number

I often read of physics talking about "the" curvature of the universe, giving it some letter $K$, and claiming that we have seen that $K = 0$ within such and such certainty. I have three questions: ...
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Extrinsic curvature components

I'm trying to understand how to derive the extrinsic curvature (in order to understand some calculation on fluid/gravity dynamics). But I hit a wall in my progress. I stuck at trying to verify the ...
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Identity $ \epsilon_{abcd} R^{cd}_{\phantom{cd}mn} = \epsilon_{mncd} R^{cd}_{\phantom{cd}ab}$ in vacuum

starting from \begin{align} \epsilon_{\rho\lambda\xi \kappa} R^{\xi \kappa}_{\phantom{ab} \sigma\tau} + \epsilon_{\rho\sigma \xi \kappa} R^{\xi \kappa}_{\phantom{ab} \tau \lambda} + \epsilon_{\rho ...
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Meaning of $R=0$, $R_{ab}=0$. $R_{abcd}=0$

First let me state some definition The Einstein tensor is given by \begin{align} G_{\mu\nu} = R_{\mu\nu} - \frac{1}{2} g_{\mu\nu} R \end{align} and note that \begin{align} G^{\mu}_{\phantom{\mu} ...
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Space-time hospitality

Are there any reasons to assume that organic processes cannot arise in relatively flat spacetime environments? An argument for the existence of a critial value or window.
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Does mass compress space-time?

My understanding of relativity explains that the presence of mass warps space-time so that light travelling through the warp follows at straight line but the warp itself is curved and therefore the ...
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In General relativity, what is the meaning of flow of $x$ momentum in $x$ direction or pressure in $x$ direction? [duplicate]

I found this interesting paper on Arxiv devoted to explaining Einstein's field equations in simple English. The author, JC Baez, does this by considering a group of small spherical balls in ...
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Could it be possible to bend space in more than one “way”?

Ever since the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves, I have found myself pondering related notions of space. Recently, I was thinking about an analogy I've heard to explain how mass ...
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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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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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How do you know what kind of space(time) you have when solving the Einstein Field Equations?

I'm experimenting with the EFE, and I ''invented'' a metric; a diagonal non-zero metric, and I discovered that the Riemann tensors are equal to zero which implies the Einstein tensor $G_{mn}$ equals ...