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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Is it possible to explain general relativity without tensors?

I do not know much about tensors. So I wonder: Is it possible to explain general relativity without tensors? I have some understanding of special relativity. I also have some understanding about ...
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An error in Gravitation by Misner Thorne and Wheeler?

I was studying on Gravitation the PPN formalism. Since in equation (39.41) pag. 1087, the term $1 + \dfrac{v^2}{2}+(2+\gamma)U = 1 + \dfrac{v^2}{2}+3U$ (the second in GR) looked odd, I tried ...
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Properties of event horizon for incoming matter

In one of his lecture,Prof. Susskind mentioned that the event horizon "bulges" forward to meet any incoming radiation or matter; and it is a property of Einstein field equations. I have not come ...
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Knots and singularities

Can space-time singularities be treated as mathematical knots occurring in dimensions greater than four? I just drew an analogy with knots in one-dimensional strings. When a rubber-band is looped over ...
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How can the electromagnetic stress energy tensor be restricted to flat space-time

The Wikipedia article describing the electromagnetic stress energy tensor seems to suggest that this tensor can only be defined in flat space-time. How is it possible to define an electromagnetic ...
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Gregory-Laflamme Instability of Black Strings and $p$-Branes

In a paper by Gregory and Laflamme (http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9301052) in 1993, it was demonstrated that black strings and $p$-branes which were solutions to certain low energy string theories were ...
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Metric Perturbations in General Relativity and quasi-normal modes?

I am familiar with the tools that appear in (linear) perturbation theory for general relativity, that is namely that one writes: $$g_{\mu \nu} = g^{(0)}_{\mu \nu} + \epsilon g^{(1)}_{\mu \nu} + ...
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Time travel to the past in binary black hole system

I just saw this YouTube video (only 3 mins long) of Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining what happens when two black holes collide. He says that when the black holes are rotating around each other, there ...
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GR matter-free equations and Schwarzschild geometry

I am reading some lecture notes on General relativity (undergraduate level) and I do not understand a sequence of statements about the topics in the title. After stating that the for matter-free ...
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What was the Law of Gravity better explained by?

In mechanics, our professor made the declaration that "all laws of physics" have been disproven. He mentioned several examples including the Law of Gravity, mentioning briefly that it is better ...
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Lorentzian and Einstein Manifold

I am studying for my Bachelor thesis (in Mathematics). I and my advisor agreed on the Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems. My question is: 1) Which mathematical background should I focus on ...
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The wave equation in general relativity, special relativity, and Cartesian coordinates

The relativistic wave equation is $$\square\varphi=\rho$$ where $\varphi$ is the field, $\rho$ is the source, and $\square$ is the D'Alembert operator, defined by ...
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Which clock is the fastest inside an accelerating body?

The picture shows an accelerating spaceship with two clocks inside it. It is so far away from all other bodys that gravity is of no importance. Will the bottommost clock be slower than the topmost ...
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Killing vector fields

I am facing some problems in understanding what is the importance of a Killing vector field? I will be grateful if anybody provides an answer, or, refer me to some review or books.
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Where is the way on a rotating black hole to another Universe? [closed]

Where is the way on a rotating black hole to another Universe? Where and how should it be entered by to get away from here?
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How to draw the Poincaré patch of ${AdS_3}$?

My main reference for this question are these notes (maximally symmetric spaces.pdf) by Kurt Hinterbichler. I'm using Global Coordinates: \begin{align} x^0&=\sec{R}\cos\tau\\ ...
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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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Suggested reading for quantum field theory in curved spacetime

I want to learn some QFT in curved spacetime. What papers/books/reviews can you suggest to learn this area? Are there any good books or other reference material which can help in learning about QFT ...
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Speed/direction of gravity for a moving source [duplicate]

Consider the Earth, and a bowling ball held 186,000 miles (1 light second) above it. When the ball is released, it will start to fall vertically downwards towards the Earth. Now consider the case if ...
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Speed of gravity in cosmological codes and ephemeris generation

There are few questions in Phys.SE concerning the speed of gravity, and the answers are traditionally that the speed of gravity equals to the speed of light. But in that case I have three more ...
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Stationary and Static

I have some confusion about the concept of stationary and static. A metric $g$ is called stationary if there is a time like Killing vector $K$. $g$ is called static is further HSO (hyper surface ...
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Extending General Relativity with Kahler Manifolds?

Standard general relativity is based on Riemannian manifolds. However, the simplest extension of Riemannian manifolds seems to be Kahler manifolds, which have a complex (hermitian) structure, a ...
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What is the relation between General Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics?

What is the relationship of General Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics? Namely, which laws does GR replace of Newtonian Mechanics, and which laws of Newtonian Mechanics are incorporated into it. Or is ...
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Taylor expansion of the metric

Consider a coordinate change $$ x^a\mapsto \tilde x^a=x^a+\epsilon y^a $$ In the note I am reading, the author calculate the change of metric by $$ g_{ab}(x) = \tilde g_{ab}(\tilde x)=\tilde ...
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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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Angular and luminosity distance in general?

Consider a non-Friedmannian Universe in which we know the trajectories of photons, ie in which we know null geodesics $\left(\eta, x^{1}, x^{2}, x^{3}, a, z\right)$ where : $\eta$ is the conformal ...
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Dark Matter and Modified Gravity

Could someone please explain briefly or refer me to an article or manuscript that shows how f(R) modified gravity theories can be used to explain the problem of Dark Matter, particularly Galaxy ...
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Confusion about Lie derivative on metric

According to this site, the Lie derivative of a $(0,2)$-tensor is $$ \mathcal{L}_XT_{ab}=\partial_XT_{ab}+T_{cb}\partial_aX^c+T_{ac}\partial_bX^c $$ However, according the same website, the Lie ...
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The Equivalence principle of General Relativity and the Doppler Effect

I am studying General Relativity and am trying to understand the Equivalence Principle more thoroughly. Basically, it is said that if you are in a uniformly accelerated frame of reference in free ...
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When will the Hubble volume coincide with the volume of the observable Universe?

The Hubble volume is the volume that corresponds to objects so far from the Earth that the space between us and them is expanding faster than the speed of light. (I.e. objects outside this volume ...
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How to derive the schwarzchild metric?

I'm having trouble differentiating the following when making a change of co-ordinates to determine the Schwarzchild metric. $$r'^{2}=r^{2}C(r)$$ Then taking the total derivative of both sides, the ...
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Confused about the concept of time and time dilation [duplicate]

I am having a hard time understanding what is time. If scientists define time as a multiple of caesium frequency, then time itself is dependent on motion, so what if I have a number of particles that ...
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Schwarzschild Metric coordinate sign change in $0\leq r \leq 2GM$

In the event horizon of the Schwarzschild-metric not only the time coordinate but also the radial space coordinate seems to change sign: ...
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About the proof of the second Bianchi Identity

The second Bianchi Identity is $$ \nabla_{[a}R_{bc]de}=0 $$ As far as I know, the proof (say, Walfram Mathword) start by stating the representation of Riemann tensor in local inertial coordinates $$ ...
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Why is the equivalence principle so important to general relativity?

In its simplest form, equivalence principle states that the inertial mass and the gravitational mass should be the same. This is easy to understand. But why is it so important to the formulation of ...
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5D Ricci Curvature

As part of a hw problem for a class, we're supposed to be deriving the equivalence given in equation 2.3 of this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.5563. I was wondering if there is some special ...
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Is there any relationship between gauge field and spin connection?

For a spinor on curved spacetime, $D_\mu$ is the covariant derivative for fermionic fields is $$D_\mu = \partial_\mu - \frac{i}{4} \omega_{\mu}^{ab} \sigma_{ab}$$ where $\omega_\mu^{ab}$ are the spin ...
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proper distance and proper length

I am wondering if I mix up the notion of proper distance and proper length. I have two cuves in Schwarzschild space-time describing the flight of two photons (think of it as photons guided in by ...
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Space-time Topologies?

When it comes to questions of existence of bounds for PDE's and such, one must often make some assumptions regarding the topology of the space-time to use well known theorems. My question is ...
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The border of the System

In General Relativity, if the system accelerates, the inside of the system and the outside of the system will have different speed of time. Where is the boundary of the system? If a human ...
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Newtonian Physics vs Relativity - the results [closed]

Does anyone have examples of the results calculated by using Newtonian physics vs the same ones calculated using relativity, compared with real measurements obtained in those experiments? Please ...
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Isotropy of Space

Weinberg writes in his Cosmology text "Likewise,isotropy requires the mean value of any three-tensor $t_{ij}$ at $x=0$ to be proportional to $\delta_{ij}$ and hence to $g_{ij}$, which equals ...
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de Rham Cohomology of Schwarzschild Manifold

Let $C^p(M)$ denote the group of closed $p$-forms on the manifold $M$, and $Z^p(M)$ the group of all exact $p$-forms on the manifold $M$. The de Rham cohomology is given by the quotient, ...
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Violating Cosmic Censorship

Let's say we try to remove the event horizon of a Kerr black hole by throwing in matter with some large angular momentum. If it starts with GM > a, could we increase a at all? Would such a particle be ...
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Is Space-Time a special form of energy?

I know space-time can be influenced by matter and energy, so it must be somehow mingled in with the mix of it all, but does space-time have a fundamental particle? Can we make a little bit of ...
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Differences between strong, weak, and micro lensing distinct or subtle?

In gravitational lensing, there are three categories of lensing: strong, weak, and micro. As I understand it, strong lensing (just as the name implies) occurs when a source and a gravitational lens ...
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Why is $S^1\times\mathbb{R}^{n-1}$ the topology of $AdS_n$?

Anti-de Sitter $AdS_n$ may be defined by the quadric $$-(x^0)^2-(x^1)^2+\vec{x}^2=-\alpha^2\tag{1}$$ embedded in ${\mathbb{R}^{2,n-1}}$, where I write ${\vec{x}^2}$ as the squared norm ${|\vec{x}|^2}$ ...
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energy momentum tensor and covariant derivative

In field theory, the energy momentum defined as the functional derivative wrt the metric $T_{\mu\nu}=\frac{2}{\sqrt{-g}}\frac{\delta S}{\delta g^{\mu\nu}}$ (up to a sign depending on ...
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Equivalency of Gauge Conditions

How is the Lorenz gauge condition $\partial_\mu \overline{h}^{\mu \nu}=0$ equivalent to the harmonic gauge condition $\Box x^\mu=0 $?
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Is there a simple layman way to explain the incompatibilities between quantum mechanics and (general) relativity to high school students?

Is there a simple layman way that I can use to explain the incompatibilities between quantum mechanics and (general) relativity to high school students (people with not much knowledge of the intricate ...