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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Geodesic deviation

In S. Carroll Lecture Notes on General Relativity, chapter 6, pages 152-153 we have equation (6.62) $$\tag{6.62} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial t^2} S^\mu=\frac{1}{2} S^\sigma \frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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Coordinates for FLRW metric

In GR, coordinate are just a tool for us to describe the physics, they should be equivalent. However, in standard form of FLRW metric, it can be inferred that the universe is expanding, but we can do ...
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How to find a metric of a general observer?

Yes, that's it. How to find a particular metric of an observer in general relativity? Let's say we have a static metric: ...
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Is this cosmological scenario possible?

Is it possible that the universe is infinitely large and contains an infinite amount of mass that is distributed in such a way that gravitational force is never infinite? If so, is it possible that ...
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Naturalness of tensor fields in general relativity?

In the third chapter of the book The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, the authors say regarding the matter fields in general relativity: These fields will obey equations which can be expressed ...
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Does the payload of an Alcubierre drive have to be on board during the preparation phase?

I was thinking about the practical aspect of using an Alcubierre drive, assuming one existed. I'm no expert, but my understanding is that, since the destination has to be in the forward light-cone of ...
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isotropy of 3-space and spacetime metric

The most general spacetime metric is given by $$ds^2=g_{\mu\nu}dx^\mu dx^\nu=c^2dt^2+g_{0i}dtdx^i-g_{ij}dx^i dx^j$$ Why does the second term said to violate isotropy of 3-space? It is true that, ...
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How strong must gravity be to stretch time?

I'm not sure if this is true or not but I heard that gravity has the ability to stretch time, and I was wandering if this is true. If so, how intense/powerful does the gravitational force have to be ...
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At what rate does light 'bend' around the surface of the earth?

Since the g force of earth is 9.8 m/s*2 does that mean light 'drops' at that rate as it travels past earth? Or is general relativity a lot more complex than that?
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Does the escape velocity of a black hole exceed $c$ *before* a singularity is created?

As an offshoot of the question Can we have a black hole without a singularity? I'm curious if the point of no return at which the massive object is condemned to become a singularity happens before its ...
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Why does $\frac{d\tau}{d\sigma} = L$?

I am given a (3+1)-dimensional spacetime that has the line element \begin{equation} ds^2 = -\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)dt^2 + \left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)^{-1} dr^2 + r^2 d\phi^2 \end{equation} ...
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Locally flat coordinate and Locally inertial frame

I am having some doubts on myself regarding the above concepts in General Relativity. First, I want to point out how I understand them so far. A male observer follows a timelike worldline ($\gamma$) ...
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Gravitational time dilation in changing curved space time

Imagine a portion of spacetime which is changing its spacetime curvature because of an object with great mass travelling nearby. For instance, before it was flatter, and after the object passes it ...
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Acceleration of stationary observers in their own reference frame?

In the beginning of this link: https://www.math.ku.edu/~lerner/GR/Schwarzschild.pdf they calculate the acceleration of a stationary observer. As I understand, this accleration is seen by an ...
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What is the largest disparity of gravitational time dilation from earth's that life can survive?

In certain theoretical scenario's a human can be in a gravitational field where he would age half as fast as on earth's surface. However, for light to travel half as fast in one direction, we are ...
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What is an “equation of motion” as used in context of geodesic equation?

I am studying general relativity and using the book Gravity by James Hartle. On page 170, he provides the following table: I don't understand what he means by "equation of motion" nor do I ...
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Do GR and SR have to be considered together to determine time dilation? [duplicate]

In another related question: How to connect Einstein's Special Relativity(SR) with General Relativity(GR)? , John Rennie stated that SR is a subset (or rather can be derived from) GR, but not vice ...
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Curvature gravity and a falling apple? [duplicate]

I know very little of physics after Einstein. I am aware of that Einstein's gravity theory says that the existence of matters creates curvature of a space-time, so that our Earth orbits our Sun. I ...
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Is an achronal set contained in its own causal future?

I use Wald's notation: $I^+$ is the chronological future and $J^+$ is the causal future. My confusion arises from the following passage in Wald (1984): Now, let $S$ be a closed, achronal set ...
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How eliminates the general relativity the Newtonian action at a distance? By the mediation of which “carriers”?

I found in Wikipedia the following statement From a Newtonian perspective, action at a distance can be regarded as: "a phenomenon in which a change in intrinsic properties of one system induces a ...
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Calculation of co-moving coordinate separation for a moving object in a time-varying spacetime metric

My calculus has 30+ years of rust on it and I am stuck on the integration of the interval in General Relativity... I wish to calculate the spatial coordinate at time t of an object moving with ...
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If the Einstein Field Equations are so hard to solve, how did Einstein know they were correct in the first place?

Consider a formula like $y = mx + b$. For instance, $y = 2x + 3$. It is simple to check that $(1,5)$ is a solution, as is $(2,7)$, as is $(3,9)$, etc. So it's easy to see that $y =2x + 3$ is a useful ...
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How can an event happening 5.5 billion light years away be witnessed in “real-time”?

This article https://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2578-cosmic-radio-burst-caught-red-handed states that "These bursts were generally discovered weeks or months or even more than a decade after ...
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What is the mathematical nature of the stress-momentum-energy tensor?

I am confused about the Einstein Field Equations. Specifically, consider \begin{equation} \text{R}_{ab} - \frac{1}{2} \text{R} g_{ab} =\frac{8\pi G}{c^4}\text{ T}_{ab} \end{equation} I understand ...
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Some confusions about principle of equivalence

By principle of equivalence, an accelerated system and in general a non-inertial system of reference is equivalent to a certain gravitational field. If there is gravitational field, spacetime is then ...
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'Dipping' an object beyond an event horizon [duplicate]

Say I'm hovering just outside an event horizon, what would happen if I held onto a stick and dipped half of it beyond the EH? Would I be pulled in? Would the portion of the stick beyond the EH be cut ...
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Extended object passing near an event horizon

Suppose a physically realistic object of nontrivial size (such as a star) free-falls past a black hole. The center-of-mass trajectory for the object is hyperbolic and (therefore) completely outside ...
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How would an observer feel the Einstein Thirring Lense Effect?

The Einstein Thirring Lense Effect, also known as Frame Dragging, is what happens when cellestial bodies have rotation. It states that when a body of mass is rotating around an axis it drags space and ...
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What kind of object is the Landau--Lifshitz pseudotensor?

I understand that it's called a pseudotensor because it's not a tensor. Wikipedia says most pseudotensors are sections of jet bundles, which are perfectly valid objects in GR. ...
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Lapse function definition

Let $t$ be a time function and $t^a$ the time flow vector such that $t^a\nabla_a t=0$. Let $\Sigma_t$ be a hypersurface of constant $t$ with unit normal $n^a$, $n^a n_a=-1$. Wald (1984), p. 255 ...
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Why do black holes have a finite size? [duplicate]

There is one piece of information that makes me wonder why finitely sized black holes are even possible: to an observer from afar, anything that approaches a black hole's event horizon is never ...
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Are there relativistic theories with spacetime modelled on $\mathbb C^4$ rather than real Minkowski space $\mathbb R^4$?

Does anybody know of references to theories where relativity & spacetime is modelled on a (complex/Kähler) manifold which is locally diffeomorphic to $\mathbb C^4$ rather than $\mathbb R^4$, hence ...
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Is it possible for the phase of electric charge to change over large general relativistic distances?

Jackson provides examples of how magnetic charge and electric charge form together to create complex charge, \begin{align} \rho = \rho_e+i\rho_m \end{align} which gives rise to the complex faraday ...
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Two different expressions for the Schwarzschild Radius? [closed]

This might sound as quite an obvious question at first, but in most places the expression I've seen for this radius is: $$\frac{2GM}{c^2}$$ but in other places, I've seen the expression as:$$\approx ...
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Open source computer algebra systems for general relativity

I would like to use an open source computer algebra system (CAS) for research in general relativity. Kindly suggest a good choice between Ipython and Sage. I am more interested in the theoretical ...
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Metric Tensor Identity Manipulation

If I take the metric identity in 4d minkowski spacetime $$ g_{uv}\frac{dx^u}{d\tau}\frac{dx^v}{d\tau}=1, $$ where $\tau$ is proper time parameterisation. Can I conclude that ...
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Definition of stress at the microscale

Take, for simplicity, a Lennard-Jones fluid below the critical temperature, which is to say that there is a phase separation into fluid and gas and thus an interface is formed. The macroscale picture ...
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Mass without Matter?

My cursory studies of general relativity had introduced me to the concept of how gravity is associated with the warping of spacetime and that the presence of matter in space warps space and this ...
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On GR with perturbation

Could anyone explain to me what I have misunderstood/missed when trying to understand this paper on GR perturbation? The paper is http://arxiv.org/pdf/0704.0299v1.pdf In equation 25 for $R_{00}$, ...
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Can curvature waves in f(R) theories explain gravitational lensing in cluster collisions?

The Einstein-Hilbert action leading to Einstein's equations is $$S\sim\int R \sqrt{-g}\, {\rm d}^4 x$$ There is a class of modifications of Einstein's relativity called $f(R)$ theories of gravity ...
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Why does General Relativity predict more light deflection than Netwonian Physics?

If one looks at the limit as light's mass approaches zero, Newtonian Physics predicts a deflection of light (this can be seen by the fact that all objects are accelerate the same due to gravity.) ...
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Geodesic equation proof confusing me

I was looking through this proof and have no idea where the $u$ comes from. Any help is appreciated. This is from here; I want to know how they got from eqn 5 to eqn 6.
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Should gravitational waves be discovered already?

Gravitational waves are not discovered directly (yet). But does this have any consequences? Should we suspect out theories are wrong or not yet? I found some data about gravitational waves suspected ...
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Why does moving near light speed keep you young? [duplicate]

As was shown in the movie Interstellar, when you go close to a black hole or move near the speed of light in space, then your clock runs slower than a clock on Earth. In the movie, Matthew ...
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What is an “Einstein transformation” in general relativity?

When introducing the vielbein formalism in general relativity, I came across the use of an infinitesimal general transformation, or Einstein transformation. The latter term seems not to be covered on ...
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Is it in general true that $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$ implies the matter equations of motion?

I know of several cases where the covariant conservation of the energy momentum tensor $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$ can be used to derive the equations of motion of the matter fields. Is this in general ...
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What besides the metric do you need to set up the EFEs and the geodesic equation?

One of my professors wrote on the board (1) Mass tells spacetime how to curve $\to$ Metric/Einstein Field Equations (2) Spacetime tells mass how to move $\to$ Geodesic equation Suppose I am given ...
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How do we expect distance measurements to compare inside and outside the event horizon of a black hole?

I've read that as one approaches the event horizon of a black hole, time is dilated relative to time measured farther away from the event horizon (clocks tick slower near the event horizon). I've ...
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Is a metric tensor field the same thing as $ds² = -dt² + dx²+ dy² + dz²$?

I am having trouble understanding the nature of the metric tensor field on spacetime manifolds. In particular, a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ is defined as a real smooth manifold $M$ equipped with an ...
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Tensors as multilinear maps

Sean Carrol's in his book on GR introduces tensors as a multilinear map of a set of dual vectors and vectors onto R. I usually think of tensors as a multidimensional array of numbers with fixed ...