A theory that describes how matter interacts dynamically with the geometry of space and time. It was first published by Einstein in 1915 and is currently used to study the structure and evolution of the universe, as well as having practical applications like GPS.

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How could a black hole have electric charge?

Since photons can't escape from beyond the event horizon, and since they are necessary in electromagnetic interaction, how can a black hole have electric charge?
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Time Dilation In Between Two Objects

Suppose an object A is exactly halfway in between two identical objects B and C, so the magnitude of the cumulative acceleration on object A is $0$. Objects A, B, and C have no velocity relative to ...
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Free fall and gravitational time dilation

An observer 'A' at rest in a gravitational field has some amount of time dilation relative to an observer 'B' far away from the gravitational field. Would the clock of an observer 'C' in free fall at ...
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Does spaghettification really happen with conditions found close to a black hole?

This website tries to explain why the term spaghettification doesn't actually occur when something gets close to a black hole. The argument of the author is that the equations we use to predict the ...
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Derivation of geodesic deviation equation from two neighbouring geodesics

I'm stuck trying to follow Foster and Nightingale's derivation of the geodesic equation from two neighbouring geodesics $x^{a}\left(u\right)$ and $\tilde{x}^{a}\left(u\right)$ joined by a ...
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Natural Philosophy [on hold]

My question is an extension of the celebrated question on the moon’s existence if unobserved. “do we still have tides on earth if the moon is unobserved?”
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Gravitational waves in general relativity

After reading some concepts of general relativity,is it true that the universe communicate with its different constituents (stars, galaxies, etc...) via gravitational wave? If so, how is that? Do ...
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Charged versus rotating black holes as different kinds of wormholes

I've heard that a maximally extended charged black hole can be a traversable wormhole to the same universe whereas a maximally extended uncharged rotating black hole can only be a wormhole to ...
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Can something (again) ever fall through the event horizon?

Since I am more confused by the answers given in this site to the many variants and duplicates of this question, with some arguing that from the point of view of the falling observer, it happens in ...
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What is the meaning of t=infinity at the black hole horizon?

Looking at the Kruskal diagram for black holes, it seems to me that at the horizon, all free falling objects cross the horizon at the same coordinate radius and time. Does this not mean that all ...
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Nature of the two body solution

A two body system is one where two bodies orbit each other. In the case of two orbiting black holes, since an individual black hole is described by a vacuum solution, can I say that the two body ...
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How can black holes be observed to grow? [duplicate]

If, from the reference frame of an observer at rest outside a black hole, it takes an infinite amount of time for an object to be observed to fall into a black hole, how can black holes ever be ...
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How to calculate backreaction in AdS space?

This might be a very straight forward and basic question in GR. I am interested in calculating backreaction due to certain matter field (say, scalar) in AdS space. Should I put the energy-momentum ...
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How would you describe what the affine parameter is in layman's terms? [duplicate]

I've been trying to learn it from other sites, but I'm not well-versed enough in mathematics to understand.
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How does space expansion affect cosmic rays?

As high energy protons travel through expanding space do we measure some physical difference depending on how far they travel before reaching us?
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Black Hole horizons and the Equivalence Principle?

In the reference frame of a freefalling observer, does crossing the event horizon not cause a contradiction between two classical principles that supposedly apply at the event horizon: the equivalence ...
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Do contractions with Dirac matrices involve a metric?

When figuring out where the spacetime metric enters an equation it is often useful to write all vector indices as covariant indices and write out the inverse metrics that are needed to contract them, ...
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Is there anything else than spacetime? [on hold]

Can we say that the only thing that exists is the spacetime and everything in it is expressed as curvature?
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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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Expanding Electric Field, Magnetic Field in post-Newtonian Gravitational Potential

I've cross-posted this question from Mathematics since Physics is probably better suited for the nature of the question. I've ...
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Null geodesic equation with affine parameters

A photon's geodesic equation is defined by re-parameterizing the geodesic equation to some parameter other than proper time. This is done because dS=0 for the photon. Again if we use affine ...
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Movement of bodies in space, affected only by gravity

I have been extensively studying General Relativity for some time now. Recently I asked myself a question which I can't answer. If the gravitational metric is determined by the Energy content of the ...
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Modeling of Big Bang [duplicate]

Well, I’m just an ordinary High School passed student. I had passion towards space-time- relativity and other things related with physics :D I have been watching theories of physics like Big Bang from ...
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About the entanglement and space time construction [on hold]

It seems lots of people now believe that spacetime geometry is emergent from entanglement. But according to papers, usually they only talk about how the geometry of 'space' is related with ...
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What is the scale factor of a hyperbolic universe?

I wanted to derive the solution to this question from the Friedmann equations myself but I ran into some trouble. I was working in natural units where $c=G=1$, then, for brevity, I defined ...
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Why are gravitational forces always attractive? [duplicate]

In my curiosity, gravitational forces, unlike electric forces, is always attractive, because of the empirical evidence. However, why is it so? In what model or theory can this phenomena be explained ...
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Classical conformal invariance

So I am trying to understand classical conformal invariance. So we move gently from general coordinate invariance to Weyl invariance to conformal invariance, and now they start out with this thing ...
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Fundamental paradox with Newton's Law of Gravity?

This is my first post here, but I've been struggling with this problem in my head since I studied physics at school when I was 14 (30 years ago!). There seems to be a fundamental paradox with ...
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Why curvature produced by electric field in spacetime is so small?

The electric field due to charge is $E=\frac{Q}{r^2}$. Why is the curvature in spacetime produced by this electric field so small? Let's say we want to calculate curvature(in spacetime) produced by ...
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Meaning of “physical” and “gravitational” metrics

I've recently been reading some notes (following a paper by J.D. Bekenstein, titled "The Relation between Physical and Gravitational Geometry": http://arxiv.org/pdf/gr-qc/9211017v1.pdf) on alternative ...
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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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Why does gravity affect time?

So Special Relativity states that for all non-accelerating objects of matter the laws of physics are the same. I'm confused on why this law of physic applies to objects in acceleration and gravity ...
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Could we be on the inside of a concave hollow universe?

Recently I was discussing this theory again (a little drunk, I admit) and then tried to find answers, but couldn't find anything satisfying. There is a theory (or several theories) that we could be ...
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Are time and space interchangeable? [closed]

Mass and energy are interchangeable. Does that mean time and space are interchangeable too? Reason for question: The only difference I can comprehend between matter and energy is that energy has no ...
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Is Hawking radiation valid for a microscopic black hole?

A black hole evaporates by Hawking radiation. The computation of the evaporation time uses some approximations. Question: Is the evaporation time valid for a microscopic black hole? In particular, ...
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What the lifetime of a massless black hole of photons?

Let a bundle of photons very concentrated in a very small area so that the space-time is curved as a black hole, and the photons can't escape: this is what I call a massless black hole of photons. ...
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If a black hole is just warped spacetime, then where is the electric charge?

I've heard Kip Thorne repeatedly state that matter is destroyed when a black hole is created, that all you are left with is distorted spacetime. "The idea that black holes are made from very ...
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Can we say that gravity(indirectly) is responsible for motion of electrons around nucleus? [closed]

From Wikipedia But because general relativity dictates that the presence of electromagnetic fields (or energy/matter in general) induce curvature in spacetime From Wikipedia An ...
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Variation of square root of determinant of metric, $\delta g$ [closed]

I am trying to calculate $$ \frac{\partial \sqrt{- g}}{\partial g^{\mu \nu}},$$ where $g = \text{det} g_{\mu \nu}$. We have $$ \frac{\partial \sqrt{- g}}{\partial g^{\mu \nu}} = - \frac{1}{2 ...
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time span in a black hole vs earth [closed]

This is a thought experiment: I am an immortal and I live for 1 billion years on earth. My identical twin brother spends the same amount of time in/on a black hole. To him, did he spend exactly 1 ...
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Predicting path of light?(general relativity and electromagnetism)

In the first image we can see bending of light by gravity,in the second image I placed a big glass(it almost has zero weight) of considerable thickness near sun which will refract light coming ...
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Performing the two slit experiment under a strong gravitational force

For elementary particles, are their associated De Broglie wavelengths affected by the spacetime curvature produced by large mass density values? I ask this as a newcomer to Q.M. so apologies if I ...
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Why is gravity sensitive to absolute energies?

In QFT absolute energies play no role in the physical set-up, only relative energies (i.e. energy differences) are important. However, in general relativity this doesn't appear to be the case, I've ...
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What causes gravity in M-Theory?

New and updated, because people were misunderstanding what I meant! General relativity describes gravity as the result of....(very roughly) spacetime curvature Newtonian gravity describes gravity as ...
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How would the twins paradox be affected by wormholes?

The famous twins paradox where one twin travels to a distant star and returns to find an aged brother can be resolved with general relativity pretty easily, but I was wondering about this: If the ...
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Chronology protection for non-geodesic CTCs and imprisoned curves

As far as I can make out, the quantum part of the Chronology Protection Conjecture hinges on the fact that in curved space, in the semiclassical approximation, the stress energy tensor contains a term ...
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Infinite Accelatation

Before I ask my question, let me just say, I know very little about particle physics and general relativity, so I may ask a obvious question or a question that makes little or no sense. Now, what ...
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2D space-time curvature

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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Black Hole - Between event horizon and singularity

Dear Physics Board Users What is between the singularity and the event horizon? If the gravitation gets bigger and bigger coming nearer to a black hole, is then the gravition inside even bigger that ...
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How far apart do two objects have to be for there to be negligible force between them?

Inspired from the commentary on this question. How far apart do two objects have to be for the gravitational force between them to be negligible? By negligible I mean, that it could never be ...