A theory that describes how matter produces and responds to 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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Conserved quantity of Spactime Diffeomorphism Group

So it's my understanding that the underlying symmetry of GR is the Diffeomorphism Group of 3+1 spacetime. It's also my understanding that a symmetry implies a corresponding conserved quantity in a ...
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Does nature of singularity in black hole depend on material that fell in?

Electromagnetic waves have a tracesless stress energy tensor, and therefore if they are the only fields in a region of spacetime, the Ricci curvature scalar $R=0$ according to GR. However $R^{\mu\nu} ...
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How does gravity's space time distortion access energy to induce freefall? [on hold]

An observer, standing on top of a building, has a gravity switch (use your imagination) which allows him to turn gravity on and off. He turns the switch off, then releases a pool ball over the edge ...
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FRW metric and its validity througout the age of the universe

Why do we think that the FRW metric should be valid throughout the entire history of the universe?
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Can time be interacted with? [duplicate]

Astronauts come back to Earth younger than they would have been had they stayed on Earth for that same period of time. They are traveling so fast relative to the Earth that time slows down for them. ...
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Variational principle for a point particle (massive or massless) in curved space

We know that for a point particle, the action is $$ S[x,e] ~=~ \frac{1}{2}\int_{\lambda_A}^{\lambda_B} d\lambda\left[e^{-1}(\lambda)~g_{\mu\nu}(x(\lambda))~\dot{x}^\mu(\lambda)~\dot{x}^\nu(\lambda) ...
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Spacetime Torsion, the Spin tensor, and intrinsic spin in Einstein-Cartan theory

In Einstein-Cartan gravity, the action is the usual Einstein-Hilbert action but now the Torsion tensor is allowed to vary as well (in usual GR, it is just set to zero). Variation with respect to the ...
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Forward's frame-dragging accelerator

On 1962, Robert Forward studied the possibility of using General Relativity Frame-Dragging effects to accelerate probes inertially (that is, without feeling any internal G-forces) One of the ideas is ...
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When does a singularity start to exist during a black hole formation?

Excuse me if the question is naïve. I am not a physicist. Let's imagine formation of a black hole from a homogeneous collapsing star. At certain moment when enough of matter is inside of a small ...
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What's the definition of incompleteness of a coordinate system and a spacetime?

I always see in GR textbooks that some coordinates or some spacetime is incomplete, such as Rindler spacetime and spacetially flat FRW universe with only positive cosmological constant. This ...
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Does Hawking radiation need an apparent horizon and when does it switch on during stellar collapse?

I've read that Hawking radiation is implicitly linked with the existence of an apparent horizon (1). This seems a slightly less onerous than linking Hawking radiation with a genuine bona fide event ...
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Does General Relativity correctly explain the ellipsoidal shape of the earth?

Does General Relativity theory correctly explain the ellipsoidal shape of the earth? It seems it does not because the Thirring expression¹ for the force of a spherical shell—of mass $M$, radius $R$, ...
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Geodesic equation from Euler - Lagrange

There are several ways to derive the geodesic equation. One of which is the variational method which I seemed to understand it because it was written in great details. Then it was mentioned that the ...
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Could Dust Equation of State have some negative pressure?

Traditionally the cosmological equation of state of cold matter (so-called dust) is simply: $$p = 0.$$ But, in Newtonian terms, each particle is gravitationally attracting every other particle. ...
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How strong is the force of space expansion?

There are many questions about space expansion, its cause, or its effects. But I have the feeling we never get straight and simple answers. I do not expect answers to be simple in general, but I ...
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Do gravitational fields exist in vacuum region?

I was reading about "vacuum solution" in wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_solution_(general_relativity). There are some words I'm confused. 1.In general relativity, a vacuum solution is a ...
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Black Holes can't exist?

So in this article here, Mersini-Houghton says that Black Holes can't exist. Is there any truth to this? references: http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1406.1525 http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1409.1837
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Weak Equivalence Principle and universality of free fall

I know how we can derive geodesic equation from varying the action of a test particle with respect to coordinates and i know the fact that particles follow geodesics means that free fall is universal. ...
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Gravity of the accelerated particle in General relativity?

Suppose heavy particle or body ("billiard ball") is accelerated with very thin and very rigid (not absolutely rigid) rod of infinitesimal (not zero) mass ("cue stick") Acceleration is constant in ...
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Did the Big Bang happen at a point?

TV documentaries invariably show the Big Bang as an exploding ball of fire expanding outwards. Did the Big Bang really explode outwards from a point like this? If not, what did happen?
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Are there any difference between gravitational potential of different types of black holes?

There are four possible types of black holes that could exist in the theory of gravitation (called general relativity). Are there any difference between the value of gravitational potential of these ...
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Is relativistic event horizon half of Newtonian event horizon?

Is Relativistic event horizon half of Newtonian event horizon? relativistic escape velocity formula (from $m\phi=E-E_0$) is $v_e=\sqrt{2\phi-(\frac{\phi}{c})^2}$ and the Newtonian version of the ...
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Can light produce weak gravity waves?

I have read online that light can produce a weak gravitational field (for example antiparallel beams should, in principle, attract weakly). This made me wonder if light can produce minute ...
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What is Mathematical equation of gravitational waves? [duplicate]

The Cosmic catastrophe is a thought experiment in which the sun were to instantaneously disappear. The question is what would then happen to the Earth? the disappearance of the Sun would create ...
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How does the Hubble parameter change with the age of the universe?

How does the Hubble parameter change with the age of the universe? This question was posted recently, and I had almost finished writing an answer when the question was deleted. Since it's a shame to ...
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Can these two terms cancel out?

In trying to prove that $$\Gamma_{\mu\nu\lambda} = \eta_{ab}J^a_bJ^b_{\nu\lambda}.$$ The author canceled out while expanding the first equation $$J^a_{\mu\lambda}J^b_\nu$$ with ...
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Differentiation in general relativity

If we have: $$ \frac{d\phi^a}{d\tau}= \frac{\partial \phi^a}{\partial x^\mu} \frac{dx^\mu}{d\tau} \tag{1}$$ Differentiating it, we get: $$ \frac{\partial \phi^a}{\partial ...
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Simplifying Friedmann's Equation

So we have one of Friedmann's equation: $$\rho_c = \frac{3H^2}{8\pi G}$$ Using This website, resources where gathered for specific times in the universe. The resources being the Hubble constant at ...
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Boundary term in Einstein-Hilbert action

Why is the boundary term in the Einstein-Hilbert action, the Gibbons-Hawking-York term, generally "missing" in General Relativity courses, IMPORTANT from the variational viewpoint, geometrical setting ...
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How to prove the energy of gravity in general relativity is non-local?

Every textbook in general relativity containing the energy of gravity all says that the energy of gravity is non-local and every energy-momemtum density received is pseudo-tensor, but "having not ...
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Friedmann equations question

Friedmann equations for critical density is: $$\rho_c = \frac{3H^2}{8\pi G}$$ Is there any other way to write this equation? For example: $$\rho_c = \frac{3}{8\pi GH^2}$$ I saw the above form on ...
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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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problem with spin connection term

While working out Kaluza Klein compactification, I am getting the unwanted spin connection term $\omega_{c}^{ac}$ .I have tried to show that this is zero.But I am not quite sure of it. What I tried ...
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Concept of worldline

My family tree (me, my parents, their parents, etc.) is obviously set in time, with of their birth dates denoting a node. Can such a family tree be viewed as an abstract form of a worldline? Why or ...
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Electromagnetism in flat space

I want to get a deeper understanding of how Electric and Magnetic fields transform under Lorentz transformation. That is how to start from gauge transformation of Electric and Magnetic fields $$E= ...
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Recommendation on ADM mass and Bondi mass

I want to learn some advanced topics in GR, such as ADM 4-momentum and Bondi 4-momentum. However nearly no textbooks on GR contain this area, such as Wald, MTW, Hawking, Carroll and Zee's. Can anyone ...
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Relation involving the Lorentz transformation and the inverse of its transpose

The relation I was referring to in the title is $${\Lambda_a}^b= \eta_{ac} {L^c}_d \eta^{db}$$ where ${\Lambda_a}^b$ is the inverse transpose of $L$, the Lorentz transformation. I was wondering ...
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Is the zero acceleration path also the shortest path between two points?

In flat, free, Euclidean space, the shortest path and the zero acceleration path are the same path, which is a straight line. However, in general relativity, is the zero acceleration path also the ...
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How do objects even move due to gravity?

I am an newbie general relativistic learner and I learnt that gravity is bending of space-time and since objects move in straight-lines but since its curved they follow curved movement through space ...
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What are Killing spinors?

What are Killing spinors? How can they be motivated? Are they directly related to Killing vectors and Killing tensors and is there an overarching motivation for all three objects? Any answer is ...
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How does string theory describe classical gravity theory, and QFT? [closed]

I am learning string theory, as I understand, gravitons exist as modes in string excitations, and also other particles. It gave me this picture: a lot of strings fulling in the spacetime, excitations ...
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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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Ricci curvature of embedded spacetime

If I am not mistaken, there is a theorem which states that every Riemannian manifold can be embedded in the $n$-dimensional Euclidean space for some large-enough $n$. Does it also hold for ...
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Applications of the Linearized Einstein Field Equations (EFE)

Look up linearized Einstein field equations anywhere and the first thing you'll see will be a discussion of gravitational waves. Using the linearized EFE's is pretty handy when studying gravitational ...
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Gravity Concept Question [duplicate]

Thought experiment: Imagine the sun suddenly disappeared; lets say it some how transported to the edge of the observable universe.What will be the effects on the space-time? (1) What does General ...
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Is special relativity a special case of general relativity, qualitatively?

Since Einstein name his theory Special Relativity and General Relativity, there should be some expected relationship between them, particularly "Special Relativity" being a special case of the more ...
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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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Graviton polarization in higher dimensions

It's not difficult to see that the graviton in $D$ spacetime dimensions has $(D-3)D/2$ polarizations. In $D=4$ there are two $\epsilon^{\pm}_{\mu\nu}$. What I find curious is that in $D=4$ I can ...
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Is the spacetime generated by isolated system always asymptotically flat?

I read a saying in wiki of asymptotically flat spacetime http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asymptotically_flat_spacetime "In general relativity, an asymptotically flat vacuum solution models the exterior ...
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Does there exist a mathematically rigorous formulation of curved Hilbert Space?

The Hamiltonian is traditionally defined as \begin{align} H_{\text{flat}} = U^{\dagger}DU \end{align} where $D$ is a diagonal matrix with real eigenvalues and $U^{\dagger}U=I$ are the unitary ...