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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The abstract space of metrics in GR

I know this is a general (har har) question, but has any work been done understanding the mathematical space the allowed metrics in GR form? (I guess it'd be called a tensor space???)
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What is the relationship between the formal definition of a tensor and the frequently discussed notion of a “higher order matrix”?

I've been doing some self study on the principles of tensors & manifolds in preparation for a first course in general relativity. I tend to learn better when presented with the full mathematical ...
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Physical visualisation of curvature

I was wondering-how do you visualise curvature in the context of general relativity. The gravity well and trampoline analogies are quite wrong, so I want a more realistic approach to it (say, the way ...
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Will relativistic glider cause lower gravitational force in Newtonian gravitation?

In the articles The relativistic glider and The relativistic glider revisited, the relativistic glider is proposed where a quasi-rigid body can slow down its fall under gravity without any reaction ...
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What is the action for a photon? [duplicate]

If I understand correctly, the action for a massive free particle is: $$ S = -mc^2 \int \mathrm{d}\tau = -mc \int \sqrt{g_{\mu\nu} \frac{\mathrm{d}x^\mu}{\mathrm{d}\lambda} ...
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Can gravitaitonal waves orbit each other to form a standing wave?

Since gravity waves are a type of propagation of energy of some sort, they ought to induce their own gravitational field. I'm assuming this extra gravitational force / curvature is independent from ...
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Spacetime Metrics and Quantifying Length of a Spacetime Curve

On page 247 in Gravitation by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, they state: "No metric means no way to quantify length; nevertheless, parallel transport gives a way to compare length!" Three questions: ...
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Visualizing GR spacetime distortion in 1+1D spacetime instead of 2D space

Usually spacetime distortion due to mass in GR is visualized as a rubber sheet distorted under some massive object, like this: source or as shown in this link. But what has always bothered me is ...
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Is there any difference in radiation pressure for two observers in different gravitational potential?

Suppose that a light beam is shone upwards from surface of a planet. So, due to gravitational redshift, the frequency of the light perceived by observer far from the surface will be lower than that ...
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Is a local Lorentz frame a coordinate chart on a spacetime manifold?

I am just starting to learn GR. I'm alternating between studying physics books and studying math books. I keep seeing the term Lorentz frame and I'm not sure what it means mathematically. Is a ...
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What's the physical or mathematical meaning of considering non-minimal coupling?

Why we still consider the case of non-minimal coupling? And I don't really understand the motivation of coupling. In general relativity, the non-minimal coupling violates the principle of ...
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Can two distinct events occur at precisely the same moment in time?

I am writing a simulation and am having difficulty resolving the order in which two distinct forces occur. The simulation will give different results if the forces are applied to the state in ...
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Gravitational coupling of tachyons

Can General Relativity stress-energy tensor be extended to include contributions from imaginary mass tachyons? what would be the expected gravitational coupling between tachyons and tardions?
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A Theory of Almost Everything? [closed]

Before I present this theory, I ask that you take the time to read this disclaimer. I do not claim to have an excellent knowledge of physics, it is actually rather limited. Therefore, I am not ...
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The arrow of time and the cosmology of a black hole interior

When solving the Einstein field equations in Schwarzschild metric for an observer falling into a black hole the radial coordinate r of the black hole and time t switch roles in the equations when ...
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Is time depending on the observer in string theory?

I heard that in the theory of relativity the time of an action is depending on the observer. But in string theory, is the time also depending on the observer? Are strings acting according to the ...
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What is gravity and what causes objects to act against it?

So I understand the concept of gravity, in that it's not actually a force, but more of a displacement in the spacetime grid. An object with a big enough mass will bend the spacetime, causing smaller ...
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Monopole Gravitational waves exist?

GR says that monopole gravitational radiation does not exist. I understand the reasons for this. However there is this effect (which seems to me to have the hallmarks of a wave). Paper at arXiv: ...
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When objects fall along geodesic paths of curved space-time, why is there no force acting on them?

On cseligman.com, it is written that So, we see things falling with an acceleration which we call the acceleration of gravity,and thinking that we live in a straight line , uniformly moving or ...
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Is gravity a centripetal force?

In curved space-time, there are curved paths. Since curved paths in our experience require some centripetal force to create them, isn't then gravity a centripetal force?
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If gravitation is due to space-time curvature, how can a body free-fall in a straight line?

According to general relativity, Gravity is due to space-time curvature. Then all paths must be curved. If so, how can there be any straight line motion? The body must follow a curved path. So, there ...
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Why are we still teaching Newtonian physics if it's “false”? [duplicate]

Why are we teaching an outdated theory when the math in general relativity isn't that hard? I really don't see a reason why we should teach a highly oversimplified theory in our schools. For me, it's ...
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What is “special” and what is “general” in Relativity?

Initially I thought in special relativity the velocity was constant, whereas general relativity allowed treatment of accelerated frames as well. But now I have heard that SR is only valid locally?
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What is the correct formula for gravitational time dilation for a satellite in a circular orbit?

In the Wikipedia article on Gravitational Time Dilation I see two formulae for the gravitational time dilation. One contains $\sqrt{1 - r_0/r}$ but the other $\sqrt{1 - 1.5 r_0/r}$. What formula ...
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Why does the motion of the planet around a star cause a centrifugal force?

Please consider the differences in Newtonian physics and general relativity. Newtonian physics In Newtonian physics it makes sense that objects placed on a planets surface facing away from the ...
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The Big Crunch and perceived entropy

I'm aware of the Big Crunch theory, that once at capacity, the universe may collapse in on itself. Hawking once theorized that time may go backwards during this crunch. So, that got me thinking: how ...
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General Relativity: impact of acceleration on time, experimental setup

In What is relativity by Jeffrey Bennett (Amazon link), the author explains how acceleration/gravity impact time and causes time dilation. For this he takes an example of an accelerating space-ship ...
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Can a spacetime solution in GR have no Killing vector fields?

Sometimes Killing vector fields in a given spacetime are described as giving information about a symmetry of that particular spacetime solution. If I look at the requirement of a Killing vector field ...
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Time functions in general relativity

In my general relativity notes a function $f$ is called time function, if $\nabla f$ is time-like past-pointing. Say that we are in Schwarzschild spacetime and I want to check if $f=t$ is a time ...
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Gravitational time dilation, does time of the observer at a lower gravitational potential looked slowed down in the frame of the higher one

This question is mainly inspired after watching the movie known as Interstellar We knew that for time dilation caused by relativistic motion between A and B. A will measure B's clocks slowing down, ...
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Questioning Einstein's view on gravity [duplicate]

Oke, so my mind is blown by Einsteins view on gravity, at least as far as I understand the basics and principles he based his views on. One of the first things that struck me was that most of his ...
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Can Einstein's 'Theory of General Relativity' exist in Harmony with 'Quantum Mechanics'? [closed]

From the Book 'In Search of Schrodinger's Cat': Coordinates in space-time represent position; causality depends on knowing precisely where things are going, essentially on knowing their momentum. ...
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What is the most compelling evidence of General Relativity in the presence of matter and energy?

The most oft-cited triumphs of GR are things such as the shifting perihelion of Mercury, gravitational redshift experiments, and gravitational lensing. But, as far as I know, these are only ...
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Is gravitational Chern-Simons action “topological” or not?

Here are the 2+1D gravitational Chern-Simons action of the connection $\Gamma$ or spin-connection: $$ S=\int\Gamma\wedge\mathrm{d}\Gamma + \frac{2}{3}\Gamma\wedge\Gamma\wedge\Gamma \tag{a} $$ $$ ...
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Why should we believe in clock hypothesis? [closed]

It is often assumed in special relativity that the rate of a clock in a non inertial frame does not depend on the proper acceleration of the observer. The point is, Rindler's observer shows us that ...
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Conformal Killing fields on Schwarzschild

I am trying to understand which are the conformal Killing Fields on the Schwarzschild spacetime. I say that $X$ is a conformal Killing field on $S$ ($S$ is Schwarzschild) if there exists a function ...
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Is it possible to assign a physical radius to a black hole?

The Schwarzschild metric is given by: $$c^2d\tau^2 = \left(1-\frac{r_s}{r}\right)c^2 dt^2-\left(1-\frac{r_s}{r}\right)^{-1}dr^2 - r^2 \left(d\theta^2 + \sin^2 \theta \, d\varphi^2\right).$$ The ...
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Akin to gauge field, why GR's lagrangian is not $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$? What's the mathematical or physical meaning of $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$?

For gauge field theory, the Lagrangian of the gauge field is $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}\mathrm{tr}(\mathcal{F}_{\mu\nu}\mathcal{F}^{\mu\nu})=-\frac{1}{8}F_{a\ \mu\nu}F^{a \ \mu\nu}$$ The field ...
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Why do we need frame-fields to describe fermions in SUGRA?

I'm learning about the frame formalism and read that to couple fermions to gravity you need to go to the frame-formalism. As a motivation to learn more about frame-fields would someone sketch me why ...
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What would happen if a negative mass crossed the event horizon of a black hole?

If negative mass really existed and somehow a very fast traveling negative mass object reached near the black hole's event horizon. What would happen when it crosses the event horizon? According to ...
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How does covariant derivative act on Christoffel Symbols?

the question is how the covariant derivative acts on the following? $\nabla_\nu(\Gamma^\alpha_{\mu\lambda}R^{\beta\lambda})=?$ and ...
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How are these types of time dilation related?

How are these two phenomena related (if at all): 1. Gravitation slowing down time 2. High speed slowing down time
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Does inflation predict a closed universe?

I read somewhere that both a closed and a finite flat universe would have zero total energy in General Relativity (On the Zero-Energy Universe). But the best evidence shows that the universe is flat ...
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Effect of cosmological constant on time

The cosmological constant is introduced in Einstein equations in the form : $G_{\mu\nu} = T_{\mu\nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu\nu}$, as I understand it, shouldn't the term $\Lambda g_{\mu\nu}$ have effects on ...
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Are quantum-entangled particles affected by relativistic speeds? [duplicate]

In my answer to a recent question on World Building, I suggested that quantum-entangled particles would be a good way for ships traveling at relativistic speeds to communicate. My understanding is ...
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Does a body curve spacetime at higher velocities? [duplicate]

Suppose we have two objects where the distance over time decreases. Now, as I understand it, general relativity says that we can observe the Universe from the perspective of both objects an get a ...
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From affine space to a manifold?

One of the several definitions of an affine space goes like this. Let $M$ be an arbitrary set whose elements are called points, let $\mathcal{V}$ be a vector space of dimension $n$, and let ...
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Time dilation - Earth & Jupiter [duplicate]

I have this doubt after watching Interstellar movie :) Lets assume I am in Jupiter. (I know it is a gas planet, full of hydrogen and helium, has extreme pressure etc. Lets please ignore those facts ...
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Relative time dilation in Schwarzschild metric

Let's say we use the Schwarzschild metric to model the curved spacetime around a planet of mass $M$ and radius $R_0$. One clock $A$ is hovering at distance $R_A$ > $R_0$ with the help of rockets, a ...
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Interpretation of a singular metric

I'm interested to find out if we can say anything useful about spacetime at the singularity in the FLRW metric that occurs at $t = 0$. If I understand correctly, the FLRW spacetime is a combination ...