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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Relativistic rigid motion

In Bryce DeWitt's Lectures on Gravitation, in eq. 2.7 on page 25 when he describes the rigid motion of a continuum he states $$x^\mu(\xi,\tau)=x^\mu(0,\sigma)+\xi^in^\mu_i(\sigma)\,\,\,(i=1,2,3) \, ...
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Laplace-Beltrami vs d'Alembert operators in flat vs curved space-time

I am confused with the difference between Laplace-Beltrami (LB) and d'Alembert operators in flat/curved space-time. d'Alembert operator in flat space-time (Minkowski) is defined as $$\Box= ...
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Is macroscopic causality an issue in the context of certain quantum experiments?

In order to formulate my question properly I need to explain a few things. Cramer_Herbert Zych_Brukner Reference 1. - John Cramer, Nick Herbert, "An Inquiry into the Possibility of Nonlocal Quantum ...
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Problem with relativity of acceleration

In this answer http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/92833/36977 John said that acceleration is not relative in the general theory of relativity. But as we all know, accelerating charges emit ...
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Reconciling “The Big Crunch” with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Assume "The Big Crunch" scenario (the universe will collapse to a singularity). In this case, I think of the entire universe as an isolated system; in the "Big Crunch" scenario, it seems to me gravity ...
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Question about universe expansion

In general relativity, we cannot determine the global structure of the universe (since it is not flat), therefore all measurements and observations are only meaningful locally. In particular, we can ...
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Can a ultracentrifuge be used to test general relativity?

With today's ultracentrifuge technology, they can spin so fast that the sample can be subjected to accelerations of up to 2 millions Gs. That is equivalent to two solar masses. Has someone tried to ...
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Observers in different planets viewing each other

I'm a newbie to relativity, so If the question is idiotic, please excuse me. My question is, as in Interstellar movie suppose one person is sitting in a planet A whose 1 hour equals to 6 years of ...
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Does black hole formation contradict the Pauli exclusion principle?

A star's collapse can be halted by the degeneracy pressure of electrons or neutrons due to the Pauli exclusion principle. In extreme relativistic conditions, a star will continue to collapse ...
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Fibre bundles and space-time

I'm having some trouble understanding the concept for this more than likely due to my lacking mathematical background. I am currently reading Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality page 394 ...
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Carroll's derivation of the geodesic equations [duplicate]

In Carroll's derivation of the geodesic equations (page 69, http://preposterousuniverse.com/grnotes/grnotes-three.pdf), he starts with ...
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Calculation of co-moving coordinate separation for a moving object in a time-varying spacetime metric

My calculus has 30+ years of rust on it and I am stuck on the integration of the interval in General Relativity... I wish to calculate the spatial coordinate at time t of an object moving with ...
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The divergence of the Stress Energy Tensor

I have been studying general relativity and I have often seen in textbooks that the divergence of the stress energy tensor is zero. $$T^{\mu\nu}_{;\nu} = 0$$ but is it possible to contract and ...
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Computer simulation/visualization of a ray of light passing near a massive object

I'd like to write a computer program that simulates and visualizes the trajectory of a ray of light as it passes near a massive object (e.g., neutron star). In other words, I'd like to model light ...
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Is gravitational time dilation different from other forms of time dilation?

Is gravitational time dilation caused by gravity, or is it an effect of the inertial force caused by gravity? Is gravitational time dilation fundamentally different from time dilation due to ...
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Can gravity be interpreted as the acceleration of spacetime towards an object? [closed]

Greetings StackExchange! We were having a conversation with a peer about stupid ways of interpreting theories. We would go to and fro with an interpretations, but we would always find a way to ...
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Typical rotation speeds for black holes

I am curious as to how rapidly most black holes are spinning. A refinement of the question could be: how rapidly are typical supermassive black holes spinning? I ask because I have the impression ...
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Light trajectory

We have observed stars where "we should not" Some people say that gravity can alter light trajectory. Some people say that gravity actually alter the space on which light travels. Which one is ...
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What is the experimental evidence that suggests space-time is curved?

Sorry, if this is a stupid question. tl;dr: Skip to the last paragraph for the question. I know curved space-time is one way to express gravity and so far it seems to work well. I still need a lot ...
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Massive vector field in curved spacetime

Setup Consider a massive vector field in anti-de Sitter space AdS$_{d+1}$ with metric $$ ds^2=\frac{1}{z^2}\left(dx_\mu dx^\mu+dz^2\right) $$ where $dx_\mu dx^\mu$ is the line element in d+1 ...
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Time flow difference for satellites [duplicate]

Clocks in satellites have to be adjusted due to the effects of relativity; but does time for satellites (GPS) flow slower, due to the relative motion, or faster, due to the weaker amount of ...
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Is spacetime flat inside a spherical shell?

In a perfectly symmetrical spherical hollow shell, there is a null net gravitational force according to Newton, since in his theory the force is exactly inversely proportional to the square of the ...
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Post-Minkowskian expansion of some quantities in Post-Newtonian theory

I'm studying Post-Newtonian theory on the book "Gravity" by Poisson and Will and I found a few formulas that I can't obtain by myself. I'm pretty sure it must be quite simple, but can't find the right ...
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How warped spacetime bends trajectories of light and moving objects?

I fail to see why the light follows something like the blue line and not the green line on the attached image. Figure 1 - light bends around warped spacetime Afaik. something similar happens ...
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How does a rotating black hole look like? How would it be to descend into one?

This image from Wikipedia shows how a black hole would look like: A black circle that acts as a gravitational lens for light rays coming from behind. How would a rotating black hole look like? How ...
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Proof of Schwarzschild metric construction (O'neill chap 13)

I am struggling with a few steps of the proof in O'neill book $\textit{Semi-Riemannian Geometry, with applications to Relativity}$ on the construction of Schwarzschild's metric (chap13, Lemma1). Is ...
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Milky Way galaxy central black hole and time contraction of life story

We know that life is almost 4 billion years old on Earth. We also know that time contracts as we approach the event horizon of the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Now the ...
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Does asymptotically AdS mean as $z \to 0$ or as $z \to \infty$ in Poincare metric of AdS?

The Poincare metric of AdS_3 is given by $ ds^2 = \frac{R^2}{z^2}(dz^2 - dx_0^2 + dx_1^2)$. Using the coordinate transformation $\rho = \log(z)$, we can write this as, $ds^2 = R^2 (d\rho^2 + e^{-2 ...
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Age of the universe and the singularity at the Big Bang

Using the standard model of cosmology we calculate the Hubble time to obtain an estimate of the age of the universe. This model assumes a beginning of time in the past. But that point is a true ...
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why do x Schwarzschild radii equal time dilation effects of speed of light going y times faster than an object^2?

let me walk you through the math. First you start with the gravitational time dilation formula where: $$ T_1=T\sqrt{1-\frac{2GM}{rc^2}} $$ and rather than entering $r$ for the radius we replace $r$ ...
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Physics in the movie 'INTERSTELLAR'?

have a question , this movie is praised by the scientific accuracy however how the hell does relativity justify that the character can be thrown in black hole and survive ? also if the robot can not ...
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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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How do you calculate perihelion precession in the general spherically symmetric space time?

I am trying to find the approximate solution of the differential equation obtained for the the motion of massive particle around Riessner-Nordstrom-AdS solution, equation and its solution are given in ...
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Why I cannot cross the Einstein-Rosen bridge?

I have been told that no observer can ever cross the wormhole present in the Kruskal-Szekeres coordinates, connecting region 1 and 4 in the Kruskal-Szekeres diagram, usually called Einstein-Rosen ...
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Alcubierre warp bubble effect on gravity and space

I read the question Faster-than-light communication using Alcubierre warp drive metric around a single qubit?, and these questions came to mind: What kind of impact would an Alcubierre warp bubble ...
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Cosmology: collisionless vs collisional fluids?

I try to understand the difference between collisionless and collisional fluids in cosmology. My first question is the following. In the context of FLRW cosmology, we suppose that the Universe can ...
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Role of the canonical ensemble and electric charge in AdS/CFT

If we consider a charged black hole in AdS spacetime, we can either do thermodynamics in the grand canonical or the canonical ensemble. In the former, we fix the electrostatic potential ...
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How strong must gravity be to stretch time?

I'm not sure if this is true or not but I heard that gravity has the ability to stretch time, and I was wandering if this is true. If so, how intense/powerful does the gravitational force have to be ...
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What level of mathematics would I need to understand the physics of a black hole? [duplicate]

I recently went to go see the movie Interstellar and was awed by the visualizations of the wormhole and the black hole Gargantua. I read that noted physicist Kip Thorne was a consulting producer on ...
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What is the smallest amount of neutrinos needed to create a black hole? [duplicate]

Is there some smallest amount of neutrinos needed to create a black hole? Note that this question is not at all the same as the question here If a 1kg mass was accelerated close to the speed of light ...
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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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Free-falling from rest into a Kerr black hole

Is it impossible for a particle (with zero angular momentum) to free-fall from rest at infinity into the ergosphere of a Kerr black hole? It seems like it is very easy to show this is the case, but ...
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Two spherically symmetric shells of matter collapsing into a black hole

Suppose I have a thin spherically symmetric shell of matter of (rest) mass $M$ that collapses to form a black hole, and later a second thin spherical shell of mass (rest) $M'$, concentric to the ...
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Questions about MTW's “thousand” tests of the Einstein principle

In Misner, Thorne, Wheeler (henceforth written as "MTW"), "Gravitation", Box 16.4, there's an experimental setup construction (or method) presented by which "Each geodesic clock is constructed and ...
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Time dilation and biological changes

I have watched the movie Interstellar and like most of the people who watch it, I was intrigued by the effects of time travel on the astronauts. After reading some articles and watching some videos, I ...
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Equivalence principle for test fields

My question is very simple. We all know that, for a test particle(classical) in a gravitational field, the motion is only determined by the geodesic lines(let's forget about the initial conditions for ...
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Could time dilation bend the path of a photon? Does time dilation have a refractive index?

The main question I am getting at is, does time dilation have a refractive index? What I mean is, if I were to shoot a laser past a black hole, would the laser's path "bend" strictly from time ...
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One-body General Relativity

Does it make sense to talk in General Relativity about only 1 body ? Can you have a universe in which there is only one body and that body is producing a gravitational field ? I'm asking this because ...
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humans travelling at the speed of light [closed]

Could it be possible for us humans to travel at or faster than c, if we introduced magnets to cancel out inertia as we travelled at this speed on our bodies? Based on light particles and atomic ...