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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In the static spacetime, the extrinsic curvature of hypersurface $t=constant$ is zero

How can I prove that in the static spacetime, the extrinsic curvature of hypersurface $t=constant$ is zero? My efforts all are failed. Any hint would be greatly appreciated.
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Is Einstein-Hilbert action the unique action whose variation gives Einstein's field equations?

I know that scaling the action with a non-zero multiplicative constant, or adding a total divergence term to the Lagrangian density do not change the Euler-Lagrange equations, cf. e.g. this ...
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What does Mass bend? [closed]

Mass and Energy can warp space-time around them, but that doesn't answer what space-time is, what is space?
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Equivalence principle and acceleration vs a gravitational field

I picked this up on the net: Einstein came to realize the principle of equivalence, and it states that an accelerated system is completely physically equivalent to a system inside a gravitational ...
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A Competitor for General Relativity? [closed]

GR stands alone in its ability to pass both weak and strong field tests of gravity fields. From 1905 to 1915, there was renewed interest in a somehow modified scalar field theory. Here is the ...
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How to use The Schwarzchild Metric formula to get distribution representing “free-fall”

Given formula: How I can use to calculate distribution of points in space, so if i choose path which contains most of the points I get path that close to "free-fall path". As far as I know i should ...
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The Weyl tensor and gravitational waves

How exactly is the Weyl tensor is connected with information about gravitational waves? And what are physical reasons for that?
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To what extent are the astronomically observed black hole candidates compatible with GR black holes?

Do they all fit Schwarzschild black holes? How people compare them with more complicate BH solutions as spinning BH solutions (even if they are not known analytically), say. I'd like more than ...
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Did people realize that gravity accelerated things before Einstein's elevator thought experiment?

I'm reading about the (very near) equivalence of gravitational mass and inertial mass in my undergrad GR course, and the text (Lambourne) describes this equivalence as the inspiration for Einstein's ...
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Is any apparent horizon a minimal surface?

I faced "any apparent horizon is a minimal surface", but I don't know how I can relate a physical concept (apparent horizon) to pure mathematical concept (minimal surface). How can I prove it?
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Proper time in Nordstrom gravity

This wikipedia article claims that there are two interpretations of Nordstrom's scalar theory of gravity: 1) A scalar field theory on flat space. The reason why an apple falls is that its mass is ...
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Some hints for special case of metric tensor in GR

Let's have metric $$ ds^2 = dt^2 - dx^2 - dy^2 - dz^2 - 2f(t - z, x, y)(dt - dz)^2. $$ I need to prove that it is an exact solution for Einstein equations in vacuum for $\partial_{x}^{2}f + ...
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Question about simple permutation of covariant derivatives

I must to compute value $$ [[D_{\mu}, D_{\nu}],D_{\lambda}]A^{\rho}. $$ It is equal to $$ [D_{\mu}, D_{\nu}]D_{\lambda}A^{\rho} - D_{\lambda} ([D_{\mu}, D_{\nu}]])A^{\rho} - [D_{\mu}, ...
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Why do we must know the Weyl tensor for 4-dimensional space-time?

I heard that we must know the Weyl tensor for fully describing the curvature of the 4-dimensional space-time (in space-time with less dimensions it vanishes, so I don't interesting in cases of less ...
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How to prove that Weyl tensor is invariant under conformal transformations?

I need to verify that the solution for vanishing Weyl tensor is conformally flat metric $g_{\mu\nu} = e^{2\varphi}\eta_{\mu\nu}$. The most convenient way to show this is to prove that Weyl tensor is ...
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Mass is rigidity?

In General Relativity, a totally rigid body cannot be accelerated. It will behave like something of infinite mass. Similarly a body of two separated particles which connected to each other with a ...
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Good and simple reference for studying about ADM mass [duplicate]

I need a good and simple reference for studying about ADM mass. Can someone introduce me one?
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Physical meaning of non-trivial solutions of vacuum Einstein's field equations

According to Einstein, the space-time is curved and the origin of the curvature is the presence of matter i.e. the presence of the energy-momentum tensor $T_{ab}$ in Einstein's field equations. If our ...
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On motivation for the definition of ADM mass

The ADM mass is expressed in terms of the initial data as a surface integral over a surface $S$ at spatial infinity: $$M:=-\frac{1}{8\pi}\lim_{r\to \infty}\int_S(k-k_0)\sqrt{\sigma}dS$$ where ...
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In an absence of gravity, does time flow faster or slower than on Earth? [duplicate]

I understand from my very limited knowledge of relativity that an object traveling at relativistic speeds essentially experiences the progression of time slow to a crawl. Since, according to ...
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Are there any good video lectures for learning general relativity at the level of Hobson?

Before answering, please see our policy on resource recommendation questions. Please try to give substantial answers that detail the style, content, and prerequisites of the book or paper (or ...
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What is the radius of convergence of the Fefferman-Graham expansion?

There is this general result that for any metric $ds^2$ that is asymptotically $AdS_{d+1}$, then there is a coordinate system in which $$ ds^2 = \frac{1}{r^2}(dr^2 + g_{ij}(r,x^k)dx^i dx^j) $$ where ...
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Is there a matching material interior for the Kerr solution of Einstein's equations?

Is there a matching material interior for the Kerr solution of Einstein's equations? I can only find informal and conflicting information about this. Some time ago, I've heard that it was expected to ...
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Gauss-Bonnet term in Physics

Given a 4-dimensional compact manifold (torsion free), the Euler characteristic is defined as: $$E_4 ~=~ \int \epsilon_{abcd}R^{ab} \wedge R^{cd}$$ with $R^{ab}$ is the curvature 2-form. Perturb the ...
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About the standard derivation of the gravitational redshift

The objective is to derive the gravitational redshift ONLY from the Einstein's equivalence principle (E.E.P.), without using the whole theory of Relativity. This is the standard "informal" derivation ...
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Linearized gravity and symmetries

I have naive question. When we analyzing weak gravity field we introduce expression for metric tensor as $$ g_{\mu \nu} = \eta_{\mu \nu} + h_{\mu \nu}, \quad \eta_{\mu \nu} = diag(1, -1, -1, -1), ...
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Is isotropy a fundamental/invariant feature of our universe, or is it merely a convenient, albeit arbitrary, feature of some reference frames?

This is related to a previous post. Assuming that the Cosmological Principle is correct, does this imply that the universe possess an empircially privileged reference frame? What I am trying to ...
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Ricci scalar in Scalar Field in Curved Space-time

I was recently looking at a Lagrangian of a scalar field in curved space-time at http://www.unc.edu/~mgood/research/Carroll_QFT_CS.pdf on page 8. I am not a physicist, and I am currently studying ...
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Assuming that the Cosmological Principle is correct, does this imply that the universe possess an empirically privileged reference frame?

OK...before everyone blasts this with references to the relativistic invariance of the physical laws, time dilation, etc let me add some context. Also, I am an amateur with an interest in physics, so ...
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River model of spacetime for arbitrary situations

This paper describes black holes as space flowing inward (the rotating hole also twists in a weird way): http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0411060 The proper time given by the objects is the same as ...
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Recommended book for beginners on advanced science topics [duplicate]

I have a background in engineering so I have some familiarity with basic math and science. I've recently been reading about other topics such as Einstein's relativity and have become interested in ...
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Cosmological metric with off-diagonal terms?

In the context of Cosmology models, What are examples of metrics with off-diagonal terms?
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What are the different ways to measure the spatial curvature of the universe?

Just what the question asks. Assuming the Friedmann-Rovertson-Walker (FRW) metric, what measurements can be performed to determine the spatial curvature of the universe.
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(References) Study of Asymptotically Flat spacetimes

I am interested in studying the asymptotic structure of Minkowski spacetime in General Relativity. I believe most of the work in this area concerns the asymptotic structure of Minkowski space at null ...
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What spacetimes satisfy this identity?

What spacetimes satisfy $R^{\mu\nu} R_{\mu\nu} =\alpha R^2$, where $R = g^{\mu\nu}R_{\mu\nu}$ is the Ricci scalar, and $\alpha$ is some constant? A follow-up question: in what spacetimes does ...
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Euclidean derivation of the black hole temperature; conical singularities

I am studying the derivation of the black hole temperature by means of the Euclidean approach, i.e. by Wick rotating, compactifying the Euclidean time and identifying the period with the inverse ...
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About the geodesics in general relativity [duplicate]

I'm learning general relativity from the book " Einstein's General Theory of Relativity - Øyvind Grøn and Sigbjorn Hervik". The field equations are derived by the Hilbert - Einstein action and are ...
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How would one expect a massive graviton to behave?

Typically, adding a mass $m$ to a gauge boson causes the boson to only be able to travel over a finite distance, $L\sim m^{-1}$, limiting the range of the associated force. For example, photons ...
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Metric of following spacetime and refractive index

Let's have metrics $$ ds^{2} = f(\mathbf r)dt^{2} - h(\mathbf r )\delta_{ij}dx^{i}dx^{j}. $$ Hot to show that motion of light in spacetime with this metrics is equal to motion in continuous media with ...
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Deriving Gauss-Bonnet Gravity (Or just higher order corrections)

I have been working for some time now on deriving the equations of motion (EOM) for the Gauss-Bonnet Gravity, which is given by the action: $$\int d^D x \sqrt{|g|} ...
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How much extra distance to a CERN event horizon? [duplicate]

How much extra distance would a scientist have to travel to get to the event horizon of a mini black hole if they ever make one?
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How much extra distance to an event horizon?

How much extra distance would I have to travel through space to get from Earth to a stellar mass event horizon? (compared to the same point in space without a black hole)
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What do physicists mean by ${g^{i}}_j$?

Maybe this is an idiot question, but in relativity I see a lot of ${g^{i}}_j$ for a metric tensor $g$. Is this just $$\delta^i_j ~=~ g(dx^i \sharp, \partial_{ x^j})~?$$
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Detailing why a scalar gravity theory predicts no bending of light [closed]

I want to understand in technical detail why a particular scalar theory for gravity predicts no bending of light. It is left as a question, either in "Gravitation" by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, ...
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Metric of a manifold foliated by maximally symmetric submanifold

I am reading the last chapter (Schwarzchild solution and Black Holes) of Sean Caroll's GR notes (http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9712019). While talking about spherical symmetry, he says how the ...
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How to find the Stress-Energy tensor?

I am a bit at loss about how to proceed to find the stress-energy tensor given some distribution of matter. The Wikipedia page gives some examples, and some (inequivalent) definitions for it: Using ...
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Does time expand with space? (or contract)

Einstein's big revelation was that time and space are inseparable components of the same fabric. Physical observation tells us that distant galaxies are moving away from us at an accelerated rate, and ...
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Accounting for metric tensor derivatives in Einstein-Hilbert action

I'm puzzling over the canonical derivation of GR from the Einstein-Hilbert action; getting the derivation to gel with an explicit treatment of the functional derivative isn't working out. So the ...
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Conserved quantity along geodesic

In my general relativity textbook (Carroll), he says that "the geodesic equation (together with metric compatibility) implies that the quantity $\epsilon ...
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What if a particle falls into the center of a central field? [closed]

Given a central field $U(r)$ satisfies $U(r) \rightarrow -\infty$ when $r \rightarrow 0$, then What if a particle falls into the center of a central field? Can you help me analysis this question in ...