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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Is a black hole's mass uniformly distributed?

If you were to fly around a black hole, would the gravitational pull be uniform and centered on the singularity, regardless of your relative location? If yes, how can this be consistent with models ...
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Can you recover the values of spacetime intervals $s^2$ from given causal relations between events?

Given a suitable set $\mathcal S$ of events together with their (pairwise) causal relations, i.e. for each pair of distinct events $\mathsf A, \mathsf B \in \mathcal S$ the assignment whether ...
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Short Gamma Ray Bursts from black hole mergers

I have read in passing that short gamma ray bursts can be caused by the merger of 2 black holes in a binary system. I have Googled but can't seem to find any good sources describing the phenomenon ...
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Can you recover a spacetime from its null geodesics?

So, I know that you can learn a lot about a spacetime from its causal structure, but can one completely recover the metric of a spacetime, just knowing the equations for the null geodesics in it? If ...
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What force causes massive objects to bend space? [duplicate]

The visualization of gravity as shown by this video is pretty good at explaining how massive objects bend space, and such bending causes objects around it to fall towards it (a.k.a: gravity). ...
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A question about the physics involved in tracking satellites such as those used in the GPS system [duplicate]

I know that besides the effects of Newton's theory of Gravitation on the satellite's motion, one has to take account of the retardation of the satellite's clocks when compared to earth-fixed clocks. ...
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“Proper mass” and “gravitational binding energy” in general relativity

I'm reading Robert Wald's "General Relativity" and after the discussion of the Schwarzschild Solution it goes on to talk about interior, static, spherically symmetric solutions. Wald says that "M" in ...
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What component of the stress–energy tensor contains the kinetic energy of heat? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the component $T_{00}$ of the stress-energy tensor contains the energy density (which equals the mass density), $T_{0i}$ are the impulse flows (intuitively speaking, the ...
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Gravitational redshift in a general stationary metric

Suppose you have a general metric $g_{\mu \nu}(t,r,\theta,\phi)$ which don't depend explicitly on $t$ coordinate, i.e a stationary metric. Light travels along a geodesic from A (at which the frequency ...
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Does the effect of spaghettification mean that (speculative) traversable wormholes can only exist from supermassive black holes? [on hold]

Assumption that wormholes really exist. Even if humanity could produce wormholes from quantum black holes. These would be never traversable due to the effect of spaghettification? Or does the exotic ...
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How to explain the homogeneity of the universe through a physic model

If in general, two objects homogenize themself by combining it's parts, why the horizon effect, based on a big bang model, excludes such an important physical interaction process? I wonder if this ...
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If time is relative, how could time pass? [duplicate]

EDIT: I appreciate people who answered below. But it does not answer the question, so I will clarify my questions: -It seems like everyone is saying that time passing is actualized by physical ...
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What is the binding energy of a neutron star?

Neutrons which constitute a neutron star have a rest mass that is greater when separated from the star because they are bound with a certain potential energy. This potential energy causes the system ...
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Why do physicists trust black hole physics?

Based on popular accounts of modern physics and black holes (articles, video lectures), I have come to understand the following: Black holes are predicted by General Relativity, a classical theory ...
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Does an object traveling near the speed of light create a gravitaional field? [duplicate]

Does a particle traveling near the speed of light create an observable/measureable gravitational field around it? I know most elementary particles travel near the speed of light and have no ...
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What $f(R)$ models pass most of the known constraints?

In most papers and talks about $f(R)$ gravity authors repeatedly state that the model proposed by Starobinsky 2007 $$ f(R)=R+\lambda\,R_{0} \bigg[\bigg(1+\frac{R^{2}}{R_{0}^{2}}\bigg)^{-n}-1\bigg] ...
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3-cylinder surface element (Poisson's “A Relativist's Toolkit”)

From Poisson's "A Relativist's Toolkit": he introduces the non-dynamical term $$ S_0=\frac{1}{8\pi}\int_{\partial\Omega}\epsilon K\sqrt{\lvert h\rvert}d^3x $$ in the GR action, where $h$ is the ...
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Can a Dyson Sphere around a Black Hole be built so that it would not radiate significant IR?

This is related to this question If the sphere surrounded a BH and used it as a heat dump (as well as extracting energy from it by dropping in mass) could its exterior be engineered to match the ...
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Particle energy in conformal FRW spacetime?

Let us start with the flat-space FRW metric in Cartesian co-ordinates for simplicity: $$ds^2=-dt^2+a(t)^2(dx^2+dy^2+dz^2).$$ In GR the energy of a particle is given by: \begin{eqnarray*} ...
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How to define $\delta{g_{\mu\nu}}$?

In general relativity, when deriving the field equation using the variational principle we use $\hat{g}_{\mu\nu}=g_{\mu\nu}+\delta{g_{\mu\nu}}$. Does $\delta{g_{\mu\nu}}$ mean the measurement of how ...
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What is the status of the area theorem in AdS?

The area theorem, by Hawking (in "Gravitational Radiation from Colliding Black Holes", also found in Wald), states that the area of an event horizon cannot decrease with time. As I understand, there ...
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Distance between two galaxies of different redshift

Let $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ two different objects in the Universe (we can think to two galaxies or quasars), that we observe from the Earth at different angular position $(\alpha_1,\delta_1)$, ...
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Special and general relativity and space time

I have a question. I'm reading The Elegant Universe and it's talking about the special and general theory of relativity. One of the things it mentions is that time and the three dimensions of space ...
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Why general relativity over other similar theories?

Since all theories where gravity is seen as a result of space curvature automatically satisfies the equivalence principle, why should one prefer GR over all other alternatives? Surely you can make the ...
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If the measurements of a clock above the earth depend on orientation, then what measurements are correct?

Take a clock in space above the earth (assuming a Schwarzchild spacetime) that works by relaying a light signal a small distance radially; ticking each time the light signal returns. Compare this to ...
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Does every particle in a neutron star accretion disc undergo Thomas precession?

Assuming, based on this wikipedia article Accretion Discs That accretion discs surrounding neutron stars are diffuse (I take this to mean they are composed of a gas and / or plasma). That the ...
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Are there any experimental data for light bending angle? [duplicate]

The gravitational lensing formula is given by equation $a=4M/r$. Is there any experimental data for this equation. I am trying to plot a curve for this equation and the real experimental data and ...
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The Riemannian Curvature in a solid sphere [migrated]

Is the Riemannian Curvature at the centre of a solid sphere zero?
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The relativity of gravity: If mass is relative how much gravity do I experience?

Now let's say the I am on a spaceship. The spaceship is not accelerating, i.e., it is not firing its rockets. Most of the ship's mass is in the back of the ship. Let's say it is moving arbitrarily ...
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When is Einstein summation implied by Lorentz indices?

I would like to ask if it is possible to find out whether Einstein summation is used in an equation. For example, $$A^{\mu \nu} = 1$$ can either mean $\sum_{\mu\nu} A^{\mu \nu}=1$ or $A^{\mu \nu}=1$ ...
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Speed of light and warp drives in general relativity

Velocities can be a tricky thing in general relativity. A cool concept seemly consistent with the Einstein field equations) is an Alcubierre drive, described by the Alcubierre metric. However, I ...
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Compactly generated vs. compactly constructed causality violating region?

I am currently trying to grasp the nuance between a compactly generated future Cauchy horizon (as per Hawking's chronological protection conjecture) and a compactly constructed causality violating ...
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Dark matter and ghost free

I have to study this article http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.3111 The title is Dark Matter as a ghost free conformal extension of Einstein theory What does ghost free mean? Thank you,
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What is the value of the variation stress energy tensor?

If we are living in a portion of space-time where the metric is very close to flat space and we know that the stress energy tensor is negligible at this portion of space-time is it ok to assume that ...
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Misner,Thorne, Wheeler - Exercise 2.1 : 1-form as the de Broglie wave's surface [closed]

Can anyone offer a solution (or hint) to exercise 2.1 of Misner,Thorne, Wheeler - "Gravitation", stating: "Show that equation $\textbf{p}\cdot \textbf{v}=\langle\tilde{\textbf{p}},\textbf{v}\rangle$ ...
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Naked singularity: how would it behave?

We know that the theory of cosmic censorship prevent singularities from existing without an event horizon that hides them from the Universe. Now let's assume that this theory is somehow false, and a ...
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Understanding the nature of metric tensor [closed]

The metric tensor for a flat spatial manifold gives us length on object, or separation between two space points. Similarly, $g_{\mu \lambda} dx{^\mu} dx{^\lambda}$ gives separation between two space ...
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Time and gravity relation

I was reading about relativity when I crossed by the applications of relativity in real life, and they said that as the elevation increase time increase so gravity decrease Can someone explain to me, ...
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Particle energy in general relativity?

Assume that a particle is moving with four-velocity $u^\mu$ through a spacetime with metric $g_{\mu\nu}$ ($-+++$ signature). Let us also assume that there exists a time-like vector field ...
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Curvature of spacetime and the equivalence principle

Assuming the Einstein equivalence principle, formulated as following: The outcome of any local non-gravitational experiment in a freely falling laboratory is independent of the velocity of the ...
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General Relativity 2-Body Closed Form

Is there a closed form solution in general relativity to the 2-body orbit problem?
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How long can a particle survive inside of the horizon of a black hole?

By examining the causal structure of a Schwarzschild black hole, one can see that a particle in region II is unable to escape to $r=\infty$. Such diagrams do not show, however, how long a particle ...
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How does one correctly interpret the behavior of the heat capacity of a charged black hole?

Consider the Reissner-Nordström metric $$ds^2=-f(r)dt^2+f^{-1}(r)dr^2-r^2d\Omega^2\hspace{2cm} f(r)=1-\frac{2M}{r}+\frac{M^2q^2}{r^2}$$ where I defined the charge-to-mass ratio $q:=Q/M$, which ...
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Normal of a null surface and null junction conditions in general relativity

I am trying to use the null junction formalism in general relativity (as explained in eg http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.43.3763&rep=rep1&type=pdf, "Junctions and thin ...
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Gravitational lensing experimental data [duplicate]

Is there any experimental data for the gravitational lensing equation $$ \alpha=\frac{4M}{b} $$ where $b$ is the distance of closest approach, $M$ is the mass of the object. I tried Google but ...
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Pendulum moving faster than speed of light

In classical mechanics, the period $T$ of a pendulum is given by $$ T = 2\pi\sqrt{\frac{l}{g}},$$ where $g$ is the gravitational field and $l$ the length of the rope attaching the bob to the pivot. ...
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Would a very long massive rod exhibit a large deviation from Newtonian gravity (specifically a deficit angle rather than 1/r force)?

In General Relativity the metric corresponding to an infinitely long massive rod is flat but with a deficit angle. It exhibits a very large deviation from Newtonian gravity in all regions of space in ...
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Black Hole Growth

When a black hole increases in size by engulfing matter, does this matter fall into the event horizon or does it just rotate around the accretion disk? EDIT: Clarified the beginning of the question. ...
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Gravitomagnetic railgun

Would a gravitomagnetic analogue of a railgun work as expected, in theory? Consider replacing the electric currents on each rail with mass currents. Then place a mass between the rails, moving with ...
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Can we observe a star collapse into a black hole? [duplicate]

Let's say that I happen by a star that has just burned out and is collasping into a black hole. I seat at infinity to watch it as a Schwarzschild observer. Will I ever see the black hole collapse into ...