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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Are third derivatives of metric perturbations zero?

I'm working on a problem related to fluid perturbations of stars. I'm following this paper. They start with the Einstein equation: $$G_{\alpha \beta} = 8 \pi G T_{\alpha \beta}$$ and then perturb the ...
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Are there bounds or measurements on the derivative of acceleration (jerk)

The title says it all. Is there a physical maximum value to the 3rd derivative of position? Common Lore says that there is not and that jerk does not play any role in physics. My guess is that there ...
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Action principle for the Electromagnetism and Gravity

Here is the formula for the stress energy tensor: $$ T_{\mu\nu} = - {2\over\sqrt{ |\det g| }}{\delta S_{EM}\over \delta g^{\mu\nu}} $$ (This follows from varying the total action $S ...
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The General Relativity from String Theory Point of View [duplicate]

I have a hard time understand the statement that When you only look at the classical limit or classical physics, string theory exactly agrees with general relativity Because from what I know, ...
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Schwarzschild solution

I am calculating for many hours and I am really confused with this exercise. Consider a comoving observer sitting at constant spatial coordinates$(r∗,θ∗,φ*)$, around a Schwarzschild black hole of ...
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Can anyone please explain Hawking-Penrose Singularity Theorems and geodesic incompleteness?

Can anyone please explain Hawking-Penrose Singularity Theorems and geodesic incompleteness? In easy to understand plain English please.
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Can we extract all the physics from the line element only? (i.e.) without any knowledge of coordinate system?

We can't use Euclidean coordinates (Cartesian, spherical or polar) to label the points in curved spacetime except for the local points in local inertial frame. So for a general solution of Einstein's ...
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Derivation of freely falling frame in Schwarzschild spacetime

Thinking about the equivalence principle, is there a nice, simple way to show that a local, freely falling frame in Schwarzschild spacetime is described by the Minkowski metric ...
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Can inertial mass affect gravity of the object? [duplicate]

Every time I watch this TV program that discusses about all the facts about the universe , and it came to a point where they said that as an object approaches the speed of light the mass of the object ...
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Maxwell's Equations in curved spacetime

I know that we can write Maxwell's equations in the covariant form, and this covariant form can be considered as a generalization of these equations in curved spacetime if we replace ordinary ...
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What happens when I increase the density of a stellar object so that its mass surpasses the Schwarzschild limit?

We know that every object that has mass, also has a Schwarzschild radius $r_s$: $$r_s = \frac{2Gm}{c^2}$$ With $G$ being Newton's gravitational constant, $m$ the mass of the object and $c$ the speed ...
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Basic Question About General Relativity?

I'm a layman that loves Physics. I'm also horrible at math. Having said that I have many, many questions in regards to physics and General Relativity in-particular. I will try to keep my question(s) ...
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What determines which frames are inertial frames?

I understand that you can (in principle) measure whether "free particles" (no forces) experience accelerations in order to tell whether a frame is inertial. But fundamentally, what determines which ...
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Membrane-reversed black holes and their relationship to white-holes

We usually think of white holes as 'thermodynamically reversed black-holes', and this kind of membranes have not been observed in our universe. However, there is some other kind of 'topologically ...
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Preservation of a scalar along geodesic trajectory

Let $u^\mu$ be the velocity of a particle , and $\xi^\mu$ be a killing vector. would taking a contravariant derivative of to scalar product $\xi_\mu u^\mu$ , and showing that it equals to 0 shows that ...
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What is the general relativistic calculation of travel time to Proxima Centauri?

It has already been asked here how fast a probe would have to travel to reach Alpha Centauri within 60 years. NASA has done some research into a probe that would take 100 years to make the trip. But ...
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AdS/CFT and boundary translational invariance

I work in quantum information theory/condensed matter and have some very basic questions about AdS/CFT correspondence. For simplicity, I would like to restrict to 1+1 CFT <-> 2+1 AdS. I apologize ...
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Why is Dirac Lagrangian in Curved Spacetime Weyl Invariant?

Are there any references on the Weyl invariance of the Dirac Lagragian in general spacetime?
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Alcubierre Drive

I am a layman. I am aware that the Alcubierre Drive has not yet been proven to be possible, but there is something about the concept itself that I am confused about. If there is no movement within the ...
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Why do we still need to think of gravity as a force?

Firstly I think shades of this question have appeared elsewhere (like here, or here). Hopefully mine is a slightly different take on it. If I'm just being thick please correct me. We always hear ...
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Does the positive mass conjecture indicate a necessity of interactions in our universe?

The positive mass conjecture was proved by Schoen and Yau and later reproved by Witten. Total mass in a gravitating system must be positive except in the case of flat Minkowski space, where energy is ...
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What is an analog to QM's Hilbert space in GR?

I've read that QM operates in a Hilbert space (where the state functions live). I don't know if its meaningful to ask such a question, what are the answers to an analogous questions on GR and ...
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Thermal radiation in the Unruh Effect

The following formula has been given in 't Hooft's black holes notes ($|\Omega \rangle$ is the vacuum state of Minkowski space, O is a operator): $$\langle \Omega| O|\Omega \rangle = \sum_{n \ge 0} ...
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What really are exotic supersymmetric black holes?

I have just read (in the black holes chapter 14 on p244 of this book Ref.1) that in string theory, when one adds an (electric?) charge $Q$ to a static black hole, one can arrive at an exotic ...
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Does general relativity fail in conditions with very large gravitational forces?

It is said in this wikipedia article (in the 7th paragraph) that where there exists huge masses and very large gravitational forces (like around binary pulsars), general relativistic effects can be ...
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Question about Komar integral derivation in Wald

I have a question about derivation 11.2.10 in Wald (page 289). Here is a screenshot of the relevant passage: I don't get the step $$-\frac{1}{4\pi}\int _{\Sigma}R^{d}{}{}_{f}\xi^{f}\epsilon_{deab} ...
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Did Hilbert publish general relativity field equation before Einstein?

Did Hilbert publish general relativity field equation before Einstein?
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A Hollow Black Hole

I was just reading a question about the gravity inside a hollow neutron star. It was a trivial question, obviously there is no force felt. But then it got me thinking. Suppose you had a hollow sphere ...
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Does gravitational redshift imply gravitation time dilation?

The EEP is used to justify that if an observer on the ground shoots a beam of light towards a tower, then when the light reaches the tower, it will be red shifted. This is because of what happens in ...
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Killing vector field in terms of the tetrad basis

I have come across the following equations in Wald. For a static spherically symmetry metric $$ds^2 = -f(r)dt^2 + h(r)dr^2 + r^2 ( d{\theta^2} \sin^2{\theta}d{\phi^2})$$. If $(e_{\mu})_a$ are the ...
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Static Spherical symmetric solution of Einstein's equations with a perfect fluid

I am reading Wald for the interior solutions of a static spherical metric. Assume it to be of the form $$ds^2 = -f(r)dt^2 + h(r)dr^2 + r^2 ( d{\theta^2} \sin^2{\theta}d{\phi^2})$$ Wald states: For a ...
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Does the Big Bang need a cause? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: on causality and The Big Bang Theory Asking here in layman's terms.. When theoretical physicsists discuss the origin of our Universe, the wider consensus appears to be ...
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The metric Tensor inside a massive shell [duplicate]

Given a fixed shell with the mass of $M$ and a radius $R$ , what would be the metric tensor for $r<R$? I do know that using Birkhoff Theorem the metric for $r>R$ should be schwarzschild. I'm ...
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Why is it suffice to show Tensorial identity on a tensor composed of two vectors?

I've encounter many proves of Tensorail identity that begin with assuming our tensor can be written in form of: $T^{\alpha\beta}=u^{\alpha}v^{\beta}$ . As helpful is it might be, I'm not sure if its ...
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Is a singularity a real thing?

I've heard the work a few times now, the most recent in the star trek film. Is a singularity a real thing? If so what is it?
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Maximum aging and path of rock

When a rock falls from a ledge, why does it head to the surface and not up to where time runs faster? If a rock, free from forces, follows a worldline of maximum aging, why would that rock approach ...
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What is a black hole?

Is there a definition of a black hole in a generic spacetime? In some books, for example Wald's, black holes are defined for asymptotically flat spacetime with strong asymptotic predictability, ...
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Would a closed field of gravity neccesarily lead to paradoxes?

I've asked wether artificial gravity, as seen in some SF-Movies, would violate known laws of physics. To recap, my idea of an Artificial Gravity (AG) system was like this: A Device that creates an ...
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Einstein action as a functional of the tetrad (first order formulation of gravity)

Let the Einstein-Hilbert action be rewritten as a functional of the tetrad $e$ (units shall be set to $1$) such that $S_{EH}(e)=\int \frac{1}{2}\epsilon_{IJKL}~e^I\wedge e^J\wedge F^{KL}(\omega(e))$, ...
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Equation of motion of a photon in a given metric

I have this metric: $$ds^2=-dt^2+e^tdx^2$$ and I want to find the equation of motion (of x). for that i thought I have two options: using E.L. with the Lagrangian: $L=-\dot t ^2+e^t\dot x ^2 $. ...
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What physical sense has following transformation?

Let's have an interval expression for Friedmann Universe with 3-metric of a sphere, $$ ds^{2} = c^{2}dt^{2} - c^{2}\frac{ch^{2}(Ht)}{H^{2}}\left( d\rho^{2} + sin^{2}(\rho )(d\theta^{2} + ...
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A physical sense of an Inertial frame

Definition clarification needed, please: I am hoping to get physical sense of an "inertial frame". Do inertial reference frames all have zero curvature for their spacetime? So is an inertial frame ...
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Counterpart of the Klein Gordon Equation on the “Coordinate Shell”

The relation $$\psi=Ce^{i/\hbar(Et-\mathbf{p}\cdot\mathbf{x})}\tag{1}$$ satisfies the Klein Gordon equation on the mass shell, i.e. for $E^2=p^2+m^2$. Now let's think in the reverse direction. ...
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Gravitational field strength and Horizon in Rindler coordinates

I came across the following statements in 't Hooft's black holes notes, but not being able to justify them. The metric in the Rindler coordinates $x=\tilde{x}, y=\tilde{y}, z= \rho \cosh{\tau}, t= ...
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Is special relativity an exact description of reality?

In discussing relativity with a (somewhat mathematical) friend the other day, I ran into a problem showing why special and/or general relativity could be considered as exact descriptions of reality ...
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Sign crazyness on the stress energy tensor?

I would like to know on what depends the sign of the stress energy tensor in the following formula : $T_{\mu\nu}=\pm(\rho c^2+P)u_{\mu}u_{\nu} \pm P g_{\mu\nu}$ In my case the metric is equal to ...
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Do physicists believe the singularity theorems to be accurate?

This question is largely based on the last post by reddit user RobotRollCall who gave some fantastic explanations of phenomena in relativity on a layman's level. About a year ago, she said: The ...
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Black Hole Singularity and String Theory

This question arises in a somewhat naive form because I am largely unfamiliar with String Theory. I do know that it incorporates higher space dimensions where I shall take the overall dimensionality ...
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the higher you go the slower is ageing [duplicate]

as per to einstein as we go far from the earth the TIME tends to slow down , so it means when I am one metre above the earth's surface , the time has slow down for me as per ...
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Gravitational time dilation at the earth's center

I would like to know what happens with time dilation (relative to surface) at earth's center . There is a way to calculate it? Is time going faster at center of earth? I've made other questions ...