Mathematical discipline which uses the techniques of calculus to study geometric problems. General relativity is written in this language.

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Are black holes perfect spheroids?

What I know about black holes (correct me if I'm wrong) is that they are the most compact objects in the universe that have been discovered. Due to all that gravity, wouldn't black holes be a perfect ...
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Sectional curvature of 3-hyperbolic space [migrated]

For a pair of $(X,Y)$ of linearly independent vectors in $T_pM$, $p\in M$, the sectional curvature is defined as $$K_p(X,Y)= - \frac{\bigl\langle R(X,Y)X,Y\bigr\rangle}{|X|^2 |Y|^2 - \langle X,Y\...
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Riemann Tensor and Covariant Derivative in Carroll's Spacetime

In Spacetime and Geometry, Sean Carrol defines the Riemann Tensor in terms of the commutator of covariant derivatives: $R^\rho_{\sigma\mu\nu}V^\sigma = [\nabla_\mu, \nabla_\nu]V^\rho + T^\lambda_{\...
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Space-Time Curvature Depends on Relative Speed

When the mass of a planet causes the curvature of space-time we see that an approaching free-falling object deviates its path towards the planet. We also see the amount of that deviation depends on it'...
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Ricci scalar for Black Hole

What is the value of Ricci scalar at $r=0$ inside Black Hole? Since $R_{\mu \nu}=0$ is vacuum solution and valid outside event Horizon of black hole where there is no mass energy density. But inside ...
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Trace of a Tensor

What is the significance of defining the trace of a tensor as $g^{\alpha\beta} R_{\alpha\beta}$ instead of $R_{\alpha\alpha}$ on a Riemannian manifold?
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Riemann tensor for a diagonal metric [closed]

Is it correct that for a diagonal metric tensor, the Riemann tensor with one contravariant ( upper ) index, $R^\mu_{\phantom{a}\nu\theta\phi}$, is anti-symmetric for interchange of the two first ...
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What is the measure of distance in higher dimensions?

In our world we are using kilometers to measure distance. What measurement is used to measure distance in higher dimensions?
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Covariant Taylor Series

I am reading the following lecture notes of Avramidi https://www.researchgate.net/publication/255565392_Analytic_and_geometric_methods_for_heat_kernel_applications_in_finance I want to understand ...
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Does the Komar mass density act like a four density?

The Komar mass is a means of measuring gravitational mass in spacetime. Via Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komar_mass) it is stated as (for a stationary metric): $$m=\int\rho d\mathrm{vol}=\...
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Could you give me an application on physics of Gauss Divergence Theorem for scalar? [closed]

Gauss divergence theorem for vectors can be easily explained by mass balance. But I can't think about one example for scalar gauss divergence theorem. Gauss Divergence Theorem for scalars: $$\int\...
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Can general relativity be explained by equations describing a fabric of space embedded in a flat 5-dimensional Minkowski space?

Does such a set of equations exist or does our universe have an intrinsic curvature that can't be explained by an embedding in a flat Minkowski space of 1 higher dimension? Even if general relativity ...
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Adjoint of the gauge covariant derivative

Suppose $A=A_1dx_1+A_2dx_2$ is a 1-form connection in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and $D_A \phi=d\phi-iA\phi$ is the gauge covariant derivative with $\phi=\phi_1+i\phi_2$ is a complex scalar field. May I ask what ...
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Yang-Mills potential and principal bundles

In section 2.7.2 of Bertlmann's "Anomalies in quantum field theory", it is stated that since a non-trivial principal bundle (based on a Lie group $G$) does not admit a global section, the Yang-Mills ...
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Textbook on Differential Geometry for General Relativity [duplicate]

I'm going to start self-studying General Relativity from Sean Caroll's Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity. I'd like to have a textbook on Differential Geometry/Calculus on ...
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Local frame of reference

I am currently simulating particle trajectories in Kerr spacetime numerically with $M=1$ and $a=1$. In the picture above, I am calculating the geodesic in Boyer-Lindquist coordinates. I was messing ...
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metric in three sphere and SU(2)

consider $S^3$ $i.e$ \begin{align} x_0^2 + x_1^2 + x_2^2 +x_3^2 =1 \end{align} note that in $\mathbb{R}^4$ with metric or $\mathbb{S}^3$ we have \begin{align} ds^2 = l^2 (dx_0^2 + dx_1^2 + dx_2^2 + ...
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Geometrical point of view of the harmonic constraints ($\Delta g_{ij}=0$) in General Relativity

What does it mean, from the geometrical point of view, use (in General Relativity) of the constraints on the metric tensor's coefficients such that $\Delta g_{ij}=0$? (where $\Delta$ is the Beltrami-...
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Metric transformation, polygons and gravitons

I'm trying to understand the paper by Hitchin called: ''Polygons and gravitons". I'm stuck at page 471. At this point, he does some computations and obtains a metric: $$ \gamma dz d\bar{z}+\...
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Learning about 4 topics in physics [closed]

This isn't really a question on any of those numerous underlying concepts behind the various sub-disciplines of physics, but hear me out: I'm still in Higher Secondary, but I'd really love to know ...
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Confusion with conclusion to positive mass theorem

I am trying to understand the positive mass theorem as it is presented in the survey paper by Corvino and Pollack http://arxiv.org/abs/1102.5050 I am fundamentally confused by the structure of their ...
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Interpretation of the operation $v^\alpha \nabla _\alpha v^\mu$

In general relativity, we can write the geodesic equation as a contraction $v^\alpha \nabla _\alpha v^\mu = f(\lambda)v^\mu$ along a path defined by coordinates $x^\mu(\lambda)$, and where $v^\mu = \...
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Geometric formulation of the equivalence principle

Let $(M,g)$ be a $4$-dimensional Lorentzian manifold. It is well know that given $(U,\psi=(x^1,\ldots,x^4))$ local chart around some $p\in M$, it is posible to find a change of coordinates given by $(...
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Construction of vector bundles of relativistic fields by Mackey's method of induced representation

I recently stumbled on Sternberg's book on group theory and physics. The ideas expressed in the book are really great, but the detailed reasoning is very hard to follow, I find. I am kind of stuck ...
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What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic curvature? [migrated]

In general relativity, energy bends spacetime. However, this doesn't mean that a fifth dimension for spacetime to "bend into" exists." That is, spacetime isn't embedded in a higher dimensional space, ...
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Time reversal symmetry for non-orientable manifold

From a recent paper by Kapustin(https://arxiv.org/abs/1406.7329), he argued that for non-orientable manifold with spin structure $Pin^{\pm}$, the corresponding time reversal symmetry $T$ squares to ${...
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Geometric point of view of configuration space and Lagrangian mechanics

Even though (I think) I understand the concept of a tangent bundle, I have trouble assimilating the idea of the configuration space being one and in relation to what that is the case. How can I ...
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Does curved spacetime change the volume of the space?

Mass (which can here be considered equivalent to energy) curves spacetime, so a body with mass makes the spacetime around it curved. But we live in 3 spatial dimensions, so this curving could only be ...
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What is the minimum math level required to comprehend general relativity? [duplicate]

I am currently working on a B.S. In chemistry and only need to go up to Calculus II, though I like to dabble in physics. What other math classes could I take to gain greater understanding of higher ...
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Rotating fermion and spin structure on manifold

We know that doing a 2$\pi$ rotation would give a minus sign to wavefunctions of electrons. Since electrons are spin $1/2$ objects. How is this related to the spin structure on the manifold in which ...
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(1+1)-General Relativity

Goodevening everyone, my question is: What is the interest of studying the (1+1)dimension General Relativity? Can you explain please? Thank's in advance!
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General relativity applications other than gravity

Do the Einstein field equations successfully predict/describe physical processes other than gravitational ones?
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How to define the distance between two points in a conformal transformed space?

Consider a particular conformal transformation $x^\mu\rightarrow x'^\mu$, and the metric of a flat space transforms in the following way, $$\eta_{\mu\nu}\rightarrow g'_{\mu\nu}=\Lambda^2(x)\eta_{\mu\...
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Lagrangian density

I really wonder : Why do we take Lagrangian density as zero for the Stokes theorem in Minkowski-space at infinity? Is there a proof of this situation?
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Objective time derivative that is not a Lie derivative

Summary Led by an interest into the concept of "Material Objectivity", I am asking myself: Are there objective time rates that are not Lie derivatives? The long read I am trying to understand the ...
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Exotic differentiable structures in physics

When reading a bit on exotic spheres and exotic $\mathbb{R}^4$'s, I came across some papers of Carl H. Brans and Torsten Asselmeyer-Maluga: "Exotic differentiable structures and general relativity" (...
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Relation between differentiation of one-form basis and Christoffel Symbols

If I want to covariantly differentiate a one form then I can write: $\nabla_\beta \tilde p = \dfrac{\partial p_\alpha}{\partial x^\beta} \tilde \omega^\alpha + p_\alpha \dfrac{\partial \tilde \omega^...
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How can I show that inversion is continuously connected to a reflection?

From Ex 3.1 in the TASI lectures on the conformal bootstrap: http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.07982 the problem is the inversion map (with Euclidean signature) $$ I\colon x^\mu \mapsto \frac{x^\mu}{x^2} $$ ...
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Jet bundles for physicists

In order to make Classical Field Theory rigorous we need the idea of jet bundles. I've seem some books on the subject, but most of them are aimed at mathematicians and tend to go quite deep in the ...
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Is the Weitzenböck connection the only connection with Torsion but without Curvature?

In teleparallel gravity, the (local) connection coefficients of the Weitzenböck connection are given by $$ \Pi^{\beta}{}_{\mu\nu}= h^{\beta}_{i} \partial_{\nu}h^{i}_{\mu} - \Gamma^{\beta}{}_{\mu\nu}...
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Derivation of Christoffel Symbols

So I am reading a book on relativity & differential geometry and in the text, they gave the Christoffel symbols in terms of the metric and its derivatives, but I wanted to derive it myself. ...
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Writing the Yang-Mills topological charge using differential forms

I have a very pedestrian knowledge of differential forms and I am having some trouble in a derivation. The topological charge $Q$ in Yang-Mills theories is supposed to be $$ Q=\int{}q(x)d^4x $$ where $...
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Proving constant curvature

I'm currently on section 5.1 in Wald's book. He is trying to prove that the cosmological principle implies that space has constant curvature. Given a spacelike hypersurface $\Sigma_t$ for some fixed ...
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Covariant derivative [closed]

Hi, Could you explain to me why the subtraction of vector at some point and parallel transported vector is covariant derivative vector. How is it possible
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Symmetry group of FLRW metric

$$ g = dt^2 - a^2(t) (dx^2+dy^2+dz^2) = dt^2-a^2(t)(dr^2+r^2d\Omega^2)$$ So this is my metric. What is the symmetry group of it? I think that my Killing vectors are 3 translation vectors: $$K_i = \...
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Multidimensional Area and Volume

In 3D the volume is $xyz$, the product of three coordinates. But in $N$ dimension ,how to define area and volume?
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What is the additional gravitational term from general relativity given by?

Carroll gives the potential energy in general relativity by $$ V(r)=\frac{1}{2}\epsilon-\epsilon\frac{G\,M}{r}+\frac{L^{2}}{2r^{2}}-\frac{G M L^{2}}{r^{3}} $$ My first question is does $V(r)$ have ...
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Problem 1 Chapter 11 Wald

I'm currently trying to solve problem 1, Chapter 11 of Wald, General Relativity. The request is to derive from the condition $$ \tilde\nabla_a \tilde\nabla_b \Omega=0\text{ at }\mathscr I^+, $$ where ...
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A Calculation in Padmanabhan's Book

I have seen this in Padmanabhan's book. How can I verify this: $$d\Sigma_{mn}=\frac{1}{2!}\epsilon_{mnab}\frac{\partial(x^a,x^b)}{\partial(\theta,\varphi)}d\theta d\varphi=\epsilon_{mn\theta\varphi}r^...
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Killing tensor in Minkowski space

I'm trying to solve the Killing tensor equation $\nabla_{(a}K_{bc)} = 0$ in Minkowski space. I'd like to generalise the method we use to find Killing tensors in Minkowski space. We can take $\...