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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Nabla or semicolon notation for covariant derivative? [closed]

$$A_{\,;\alpha}^{\mu}=\nabla_{\alpha}A^{\mu}$$ Are there any pros and cons regarding these two notations for denoting the covariant derivative?
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Derivation of form of perfect fluid stress-energy tensor

Given the perfect fluid equation: $$T_{\mu\nu}=(\rho+p)U_\mu U_\nu+pg_{\mu\nu}$$ How does one derive the following form? $$T_\mu^\nu=\mbox{diag}(-\rho,p,p,p)$$ I understand one needs to raise an index ...
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What is the metric of a constant electromagnetic (pure electric or pure magnetic) field?

For example, imagine a magnetic field $B_x$ directing in $\hat{x}$ direction filling all the space. What is its associated metric field? I can construct the electromagnetic stress-energy tensor for ...
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The Big Bang theory hypothesis

Is there a simple way to state the hypotheses of the Big Bang theory? I have the impression that the Big Bang singularity is merely a consequence of Freedman equations. Could somebody clarify what ...
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Zero mean curvature and maximal volume

I have a 1+1 asympotically flat spacetime system (spherical symmetry) for which I'm trying to find the hypersurface which maximizes the volume enclosed in a sphere of a given radius $r=R$. **It seems ...
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Do anyone know a good software that where I can easily find the metric from the stress-energy tensor? [duplicate]

I'm using SageMath but the obtainment of the metric from the stress-energy tensor is not trivial, i.e., it is not implemented in a predefined function. Do anyone know a good software that where I can ...
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Why is the metric tensor symmetric? [duplicate]

I was reading Schutz, A First Course in General Relativity. On page 9, he argued that the metric tensor is symmetric: $$ ds^2~=~\sum_{\alpha,\beta}\eta_{\alpha\beta} ~dx^{\alpha}~dx^{\beta} $$ ...
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Difference of connections in the Killing vector equation

For the Killing vector equation, I sometimes see it written in terms of spin connection $\omega$ and other times in terms of the affine connection $\Gamma$. More clearly ...
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Circular orbits in general relativity(GR)

Reading about Schwarzschild geodesics, I found that circular orbits are possible when the effective force $$ F=-\frac{dV}{dr}=-\frac{\mu{c^{2}}}{2r^{4}}\left(r_{s}r^{2}-2a^{2}r+3r_{s}a^{2}\right)=0 ...
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What is the partial differential equation expansion of the Einstein Field Equations?

I have read that the Einstein Field Equations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_field_equations) can be expressed as a series of differential equations. Some say 16, others say 10 (The disparity ...
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What happens to the total volume of a chunk of space that is being sucked into a black hole?

Does it increased, decrease, or stay the same? Maybe it explodes to infinity... Here is a similar question: Do black holes have infinite areas and volumes? But it's different because it asks how to ...
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How does one show that asymptotically $AdS_3$ spacetimes are locally $AdS_3$?

Time and again I keep reading that any asymptotic $AdS_3$ spacetime is locally isomorphic to $AdS_3$. I tried to find proof of this by analyzing the Riemann tensor $R_{\rho\sigma\mu\nu} $ in Ricci ...
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How can we feel the effects of a Black Hole if all the mass is gone?

This question may help me learn more about the subtleties involved between the notions of gravity, in the Newtonian sense and those of curved spacetime, in the General Relativity sense. I will take ...
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Is John Nash's “Interesting Equation” really interesting?

As recently mentioned in the news, before his passing, John Nash worked on general relativity. According to the linked article John Nash's work is available online from his webpage. His work is ...
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Closed timelike curves in the region beyond the ring singularity in the maximal Kerr spacetime

The region beyond the ring singularity in the maximal Kerr spacetime is described as having closed timeline curves. Why and/or how is the question. Now if you look a Kruskal-Szkeres Diagram (or a ...
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Gravitational potential in GR

In proving that the metric will play the role of gravitational potential, there is this chain of ideas: ...
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Will the rotation of a neutron star prevent it becoming a Black Hole?

This question, to me anyways, is basically a balancing act between 2 possibly opposing effects. Take a neutron star with just too small a mass to overcome it's degeneracy pressure, failing to ...
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Does the total particle energy increase in FRW Universe?

If a particle travels on a geodesic with 4-momentum $P^\mu$ in a spacetime with a Killing vector $K_\mu$ then we have a constant of motion, $K$, given by: $$K=K_\mu P^\mu$$ Using the relationships: ...
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Do Einstein's equations allow multiple solutions that agree in a neighborhood of a spacelike hypersurface?

This question is an extension of my a question that I have recently asked: Why doesn't a global frame of reference exist for GR?, where it was recommended that I post another question (so I am ...
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Expansion of universe faster then speed of light? [duplicate]

Watching one of the shows on discovery channel, I got to know that during the starting phase of universe its speed should have been faster then speed of light. But then didnt einstein say that nothing ...
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Why do we need coordinate-free descriptions?

I was reading a book on differential geometry in which it said that a problem early physicists such as Einstein faced was coordinates and they realized that physics does not obey man's coordinate ...
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Interpretation for negative energy of curves

Let $(M,g)$ be a Lorentz manifold and $\gamma :[a,b] \to M$ a differentiable curve. I understand we define the energy of $\gamma $ as: $$E[\gamma] = \frac{1}{2} \int_a^b ...
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Are moving objects producing stronger gravity fields? [duplicate]

If the strength of gravitational influence exerted by a body is derived from its mass and energy then is it true that a moving object which has some kinetic energy should also produce stronger ...
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Are all elementary interactions arising from a gauge theory?

The standard model of particle physics is based on the gauge group $U(1) \times SU(2) \times SU(3)$ and describes all well-known physical interactions but with exception that gravity isn't involved. ...
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What experience tells us that gravitational acceleration cannot vanish everywhere?

In attempt to describe the consequences of the Equivalence Principle, Papapetrou in his book, said: When there are gravitational accelerations present, as for example in the gravitational field of ...
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Explosion in a sphere and the Gravitational field outside

Take a hollow sphere and conduct a process on the inside, which transfers mass into kinetic energy (e.g. we let a big nuclear bomb detonate or something like that). For simplicity, assume that this ...
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What is a Null Geodesic? [duplicate]

What is a Null Geodesic? My textbook only explains it as the Minkowski metric which equals to zero, but I'd appreciate a more detailed explanation.
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Invariance in general relativity, university in problems question

From Problem #5 here, Free falling particles' worldlines in General Relativity are geodesics of the spacetime, i.e the curves $x^\mu(\lambda)$ with tangent vector $u^\mu=dx^\mu/d\lambda$, such ...
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Why can't our universe be spherical? [duplicate]

if we happen to follow the bigbang singularity hypothesis, when he explosion occured shouldn't it expand in all directions. Seemingly our universe shouldn't have any boundaries. I searched for the ...
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Is the Big Bang notion compatible with the flat space? (A problem with the **moment** of Big Bang, not with the place of it) [duplicate]

A passage from a paper: "If one imagines running the clock backward in time, any given region of the universe shrinks and all galaxies in it get closer and closer until they smash together in ...
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Why doesn't a global frame of reference exist for GR?

I only have at best a layperson's familiarity with GR, so forgive me if I am asking a basic question, but I have heard that in GR, we cannot have a global frame of reference, that is a frame of ...
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Different signatures

I was working out the christoffel symbols, once where the metric that I am using has (+---) signature and another time where it has (-+++) signature because two books had different signatures and I ...
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Projector and delta function on a cycle $\Sigma$ of a manifold $\mathcal{M}_6$

In the paper ``Hierarchies from Fluxes in String Compactifications'' by Giddings, Kachru and Polchinski, the following example is considered for a localized source that may have negative tension (my ...
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Stationary v/s Static

Blau, in his GR book, says that a stationary and spherically symmetric metric is automatically static. He says this easily follows from the fact that for a stationary metric, and in spherical ...
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Hawking Temperature of the BTZ Black Hole

The metric of the BTZ Black Hole is given by $$ ds^2 = - N^2 dt^2 + N^{-2} dr^2 +r^2(d\phi + N^\phi dt)^2 $$ with $$ N^2 = -M+ \frac{r^2}{l^2} + \frac{J^2}{4 r^2}, \ \ \ \ \ \ N^\phi = ...
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Spherical Symmetric Metrics

In the case where all books try to illustrate a spherical metric, the procedure goes this way: First they impose isotropy in terms of polar coordinates so that one can write: $$ds^2=-A(r)dt^2 + ...
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How to show flat FRW metric has a time-like conformal Killing vector?

I would like to derive the fact that the flat FRW metric has a time-like conformal Killing vector. Is there an easy way to do this? @ValterMoretti showed how one can do this for metrics with a ...
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Taking selfies while falling, would you be able to notice a horizon before hitting a singularity?

I am generally interested in the role of "pings"(0a) between participants (a.k.a. "signal roundtrips"(0b), as familiar for instance from Synge's "five point curvature detector") in the determination ...
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Is there a natural (suitable) definition for functional derivative in Curved space time

If $$\delta S = \int \sqrt g F[\phi] \delta \phi\tag{1}$$ Then is it natural to define the functional derivative as follows, $$\frac{\delta S}{\delta \phi} = F[\phi].\tag{2}$$ In particular does ...
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Can gravitational waves carry momentum, and if so what mass/energy produces it, and is space-time capable of vortex formation?

This question is about gravitational waves postulated by Einstein. Is gravitational radiation a form of mass/energy that can form momentum? If it causes ripples in space-time, would space-time ...
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Weinberg-Witten theorem and Landau pseudotensor, or how QFT can make prediction about GR

Weinberg-Witten theorem states that there isn't Poincare covariant stress-energy tensor for massless fields with helicity more than $1$. The only example of such higher helicity field is graviton. ...
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Conformal time-like Killing vector near null geodesics in all spacetimes?

Is it true that in all spacetimes there is some conformal time-like Killing vector $\tau^a$ in the vicinity of null geodesics? If the above statement is true then can one argue that, for all ...
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How are FRW metric and Minkowski metric physically different?

According to GR, matrices are coordinate invariant. Does this mean we can transform FRW metric to Minkowski metric with a coordinate transformation like $$dx'=dx\cdot a(t), dy' = dy\cdot a(t), dz' = ...
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Time dilation and space time [closed]

I know a little about space time, and I know that space time is adding the time component into the three- dimensional world and creating an abstract universe. But my question is that why time is ...
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Thought experiment - would you notice if you fell into a black hole?

I've heard many scientists, when giving interviews and the like, state that if one were falling into a black hole massive enough that the tidal forces at the event horizon weren't too extreme, that ...
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Is there any explanation for these objects apparently traveling faster than light? [duplicate]

This is from a documentary on the science channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaELad94KZs
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Does GR put a theoretical lower limit on the radius of a black hole event horizon?

Within GR theory, without going to the extreme r/0 as a radius, (but approaching that as an asymptotic case), is there any theoretical limit as to how small the event horizon of a rotating and/or ...
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Symmetry of the Gravitational Stress Energy pseudo tensor

Recently, I have been reading on the Gravitational Stress-Energy pseudo tensor. It says in Wikipedia that one of the conditions for a suitable GSE pseudo tensor is that it has to be symmetric about ...
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Can I simply reverse the indices in a contraction?

Suppose I have something like $$ \left( \nabla_\mu \nabla_\beta - \nabla_\beta \nabla_\mu \right) V^\mu = R_{\nu \beta} V^\nu $$ Can since all the terms involving $\mu$ on the left and $\nu$ on the ...
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Is simultaneity in SR only a pedagogical tool?

In a very recent post here I recently learned that simultaneity has no meaning in general relativity; I can accept the answer and explanation that was given for that question. But then Harry Johnston ...