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 General Relativity based on a Symmetry?

In short: Is there any kind of symmetry one can start with to derive general relativity (GR)? Longer: Einstein had the opinion that GR was the generalisation of special relativity, because instead of ...
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Circular orbit in Schwarzschild coordinates [closed]

This was an example in a general relativity textbook which I've been trying to work through myself. A spaceship uses its rocket engine to maintain a circular orbit around a Schwarzschild black hole ...
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What is the rate at which the field of an electron spreads? [duplicate]

There are 2 steps in the creation of a force field: (1) first the object comes into existence (2) then the field appears. In the case when a photon splits into an electron and an antielectron, these 2 ...
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Can we define the effective mass or the moving mass of a photon?

I know that the rest mass of a photon is zero. but the photon can be bent by gravity (which can also be explained by the curvature of space-time due to the effect of mass), this implies that it must ...
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What is the derivation of $E=mc^2$? [duplicate]

How did Einstein derive his most famous equation: $$E=mc^2$$ Is the above equation a special case of $$E^2=m^2c^4+p^2c^2$$ Its derivation? What is the difference between them?
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Angular momentum in curved spacetime

It is known that the angular momentum components are also a representation of the $SU(2)$ generators. Given a non-trivial spacetime, say a black hole of some kind or AdS space, how can one define the ...
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Recommended books for a “relativity for poets” class?

I teach physics at a community college and have developed a new course titled "Relativity for Poets," which I will be teaching for the first time in spring 2015. As implied by the title, it's a ...
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What is Laplace operator of Schwarzschild-Spherical coordinates? [closed]

This is the Laplace operator of Spherical coordinates: What is the Laplace operator of Schwarzschild-Spherical coordinates? where the Differential displacement of Schwarzschild-Spherical ...
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Some books to bridge the gap before GR [duplicate]

I am extremely interested in GR, but somehow feel that the books I read are not really enough. Frankly, I find many question on this site and elsewhere completely bewildering, which makes me think ...
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Correct tetrad index notation

There seems to be some different conventions on the indexes of the tetrad. I am wondering which is the standard, which is correct, and which is an abuse of notation. In Sean Carroll's notes and in ...
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Metric with 5D signature: +---+

From a paper that a friend sent to me (on inflation theory which I am still in learner mode) a 5D signature +---+ was specified with the 5th dimension being a velocity dimension. I didn't know that ...
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Gravity - Force or Result?

I am no Physicist, but I enjoy reading about Physics. However reading about leading theories such as M-Theory and others they speculate about the existence of the Graviton. In my past reading of ...
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Is my interpretation of how a gravitational wave is formed correct?

I'm sure many here are familiar with the following image showing the 2D representation of how the fabric of spacetime is warped by the presence of mass:- Can this fabric be interpreted as an ...
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One step in deriving the Einstein-Hilbert action

In this amazing first principles derivation of the Einstein-Hilbert action there is one small manipulation needed to show $$c g_{ab,cd}\left(\eta^{ac}\eta^{bd} - \eta^{ab}\eta^{cd}\right)$$ is ...
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How quickly does gravity extend from created mass? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance if this is a stupid or off-topic question. Since Energy can be converted into matter according to $E=mc^2$, how fast does it take for the gravity of that new matter to extend ...
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Increasing matter density in the Friedman equations?

From what I understand, the Friedman equation is $H^2=\frac{8\pi G}{3} \rho$ and the $H$, the Hubble constant, is a measure of the rate of expansion of the universe. What I am confused about is that ...
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how to specify eigenfunctions(eigentensors) of Lichnerowicz operator?

Lichnerowicz operator is an operator which acts on transverse trace-free symmetric tensors. If this statement is correct, my question is that any transverse trace-free symmetric tensor is an ...
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Geodesic deviation equation - why does the ordinary second derivative give the correct answer?

I've calculated the correct answer to my problem, but don't understand one of the assumptions I made when doing so. I used the geodesic deviation equation ...
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General Relativistic Boltzmann Equation Verification

Let $(M,g)$ be a (pseudo)Riemannian manifold. Define on $TM$ the symplectic 2-form $\omega=dx^\mu\wedge dp_\mu$ and use $g$ to define the pull back $\omega_g=dx^\mu\wedge d(g_{\mu\nu}p^\nu)$. Define ...
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Cluster of Black Holes around a Central Point [duplicate]

Within the Star Wars Extended Universe, there is a science base on a small object within a near impenetrable sphere of Black Holes. These Black Holes remain in roughly the same position and, according ...
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Is there a null incomplete spacetime which is spacelike and timelike complete?

Geodesic completeness, the fact we can make the domain of the geodesic parametrized with respect an affine parameter the whole real line, is an important concept in GR. Especially, because the lack of ...
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Why is it so coincident that Palatini variation of Einstein-Hilbert action will obtain an equation that connection is Levi-Civita connection?

There are two ways to do the variation of Einstein-Hilbert action. First one is Einstein formalism which takes only metric independent. After variation of action, we get the Einstein field equation. ...
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Determining zero energy from $k=0$?

I'm curious as to the equations necessary for finding a total energy of 0 (or, I suppose, the energy density of empty space due to quantum fluctuations) in a flat Friedmann universe such as ours. The ...
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Why doesn't this proof change indices?

In this pdf, in the second line of the proof, $\sigma$ was plugged in where it appears as $$\frac{\partial x^\sigma}{\partial y^{\rho'}}$$ Meanwhile in converting the coordinates of $g^{\mu'\rho'}$, ...
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Tidal affect on an object and the length contraction in Relativity Theory

According to the equivalence principle in general relativity theory; If an object are in free falling in a gravitational field,the object will not detect gravitational force on it. From this ...
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Christoffell symbols manipulations [closed]

Why is it that $$\Gamma^\lambda_{\lambda\tau}\Gamma^\tau_{\mu\nu} = 0?$$ The same goes for $$\Gamma^\lambda_{\nu\tau}\Gamma^\tau_{\mu\lambda} $$which was set equal to zero by the author..
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Confused about equations for the Big Bang in general relativity ad loop quantum gravity?

I am trying to get a vague understanding of the mathematical equations for the Big Bang in GR and LQG. My understanding so far is that when the universe is assumed to be homogeneous and isotropic, ...
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Kaluza suggested metric

Is there a book or a paper that goes into the mathematical details of getting scalar curvature of the 5 dimensional metric that Kaluza wrote down? I am running into many mathematical issues for I am ...
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Non-trivial scalar quantity

Is there any scalar quantity made of only the Christoffel symbols, determinant of a metric and tensors, not derivatives? In other words, can we construct a scalar quantity which cannot be written in ...
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Does Gravity Really Exist? [closed]

As far as I understand some of the readings, Gravity does not exist in real terms. It's only a way of modeling motion as we see. Einstein for example explained the motion without having to have ...
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What topics should I develop complete concepts in before I begin the derivation of GR? [duplicate]

I had just been trying to understand GR but i just cannot understand where some of the formula of field came from. Apparently all those initial formula are from Newtonian physics so please anyone ...
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Modifying Newtonian gravity to fit observed precession of Mercury's orbit

The idea is to modify Newtonian gravity so that it fits measurements of orbits around the sun. For example the precession of Mercury's orbit unlike Newtonian $n$-body simulations. I'm currently not ...
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What made Einstein think that gravity was caused by the curvature of spacetime?

What observation/thought experiment led him to think this?
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What is the status of gauged gravity [duplicate]

The Standard Model of elementary particles is a gauge theory with gauge group $SU(3)\times SU(2)\times U(1)$, which is really a successful theory. We might be able to quantize gravity similarly. ...
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What's the meaning when Kerr-Newman metric's mass is zero?

Kerr-Newman metric represents the spacetime of a charged and rotating black hole. If the mass parameter is zero, this metric is still not the Minkowski spacetime. What's the meaning of a charged and ...
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Geometric meaning of parallel transport

The definition of parallel transport of a vector $v^b$ along a curve $C$ with tangent field $\it{t}^a$ is given by Wald's GR as $$t^a \nabla_a v^b = 0$$ Is it correct to think of $\nabla_a v^b$ as ...
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Tensors applied to vector and dual vector fields in GR

This is a specific question about tensor manipulation in Wald's GR. I'm asking for clarification of a trivial step, because I'm working through the text outside the context of a class, without prior ...
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How to derive the cigar soliton solution to the Ricci flow equation? [closed]

I am trying to derive the cigar soliton solution to the Ricci flow equation. Such solution has the form $$ {\frac {{{\it dx}}^{2}+{{\it dy}}^{2}}{{{\rm e}^{4\,t}}+{x}^{2}+{y}^{2 }}} $$ I am ...
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A Theorem Due to Hodge: Hawking/Ellis

This is probably quite an obscure question but hopefully somebody has a simple answer. I'm studying the proof of the topology theorem on black holes due to Hawking and Ellis (Proposition 9.3.2, p. 335 ...
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Newtonian potential defines size of Universe?

As I understand it the Newtonian potential $\Phi$ at the position of an observer in space is approximately given by: $$\Phi \sim \frac{G M}{R},$$ where $R$ is the radius of a sphere centered at the ...
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Riemannian curvature tensor [closed]

In Einstein's field equations, it includes only energy momentum tensor of the matter alone. However, it doesn't include the energy momentum tensor of the field. In Professor Hamber lectures on General ...
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Relation between the curvature of a manifold and the number of covariantly constant vector fields that it admits

Suppose that on a four dimensional manifold we are able to explicitly construct four linearly independent covariantly constant vector fields $K^a_{\mu}$: $$D_{\mu}K^a_{\nu}=0,$$ $a=1,2,3,4$ then it ...
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Problem about Schwarzschild Radius [closed]

I'm a high school student in korea. Could you help me solve this problem? I should express theta as schwarzschild Radius (=Rs) and b when v_0 → c(=3x10^8m/s) help me......
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Generators of the Diffeomorphism Group

So what are the generators of a Diffeomorphism Group? For simplicity, let's consider $ Diff(R^2) $ (diffeomorphisms of the euclidean plane.) Diffeomorphisms are differentiable, invertible ...
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Does accelerating generate gravitons?

If gravity and acceleration are indistinguishable, then does that mean converting potential energy to kinetic energy generates gravitons... but only temporarily until you stop accelerating?
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Ricci Scalar of the five-dimensiional Reissner–Nordström metric is different to zero?

The Ricci scalar of the four-dimensional Reissner–Nordström metric is equal to zero. In the case of the five-dimensional Reissner–Nordström metric, the Ricci scalar is different to zero?
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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? [closed]

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?