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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Behavior of an object in a region of uniform spacetime curvature

Let's say there is some spherical region of space. In this region, there is a large curvature of spacetime. This curvature is completely uniform throughout the region. I decide to stick some object ...
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Proving constant curvature

I'm currently on section 5.1 in Wald's book. He is trying to prove that the cosmological principle implies that space has constant curvature. Given a spacelike hypersurface $\Sigma_t$ for some fixed ...
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Relativity on a universal scale

Imagine there was a clock on a planet the same size as earth, travelling at the same speed through space, and that this planet was at the most distant part of the universe from earth. If we had a ...
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Is the spacetime for gravity described with gravitons flat?

Gravity has two equivalent descriptions. One is general relativity, the other is the mechanism by the exchange of gravitons. Is in the latter the spacetime flat?
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Can we express QFT in R^8 where the spacetime can be embedded in?

A smooth, 4-dimensional manifold can be embedded in $R^8$. Isn't it a natural selection of space for QFT when we try to extend QFT with gravity?
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Locally remove a gravitational field

Let $K$ be an inertial frame of reference on $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $g=g(t,x)$ a nonuniform and nonstatic gravitational field. How I can choose a system of reference $\bar K$ such that mechanical effects ...
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How to calculate the free energy in curved space?

To study the Hagedorn temperature of string near a black hole, we need to calculate the free energy in curved space. This is can be done calculating a torus path integral, but I want to know if an ...
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Qualitative picture or reference for a Lemaître's Cold Big Bang theory

Warning: please, consider this question to be motivated by historical curiosity or as an exercise in model-building. I believe this cannot be considered non-mainstream physics as it was very much ...
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Uncommon tensor notation $\partial_{(\mu}\xi_{\nu)}$

I came across this expression for the change in a metric under an infinitesimal gauge transformation $\epsilon\xi^\mu$. $$h_{\mu\nu}' = h_{\mu\nu}+2\epsilon\partial_{(\mu}\xi_{\nu)}$$ What does the $...
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If the speed of light is constant, why can't it escape a black hole?

When speed is the path traveled in a given time and the path is constant, as it is for $c$, why can't light escape a black hole? It may take a long time to happen but shouldn't there be some light ...
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How does gravity truly work in the bend of spacetime?

If gravity is caused from the bend in space time from a large mass, why do all objects fall towards earths center and not strait down to below earth? Sorry i am not an expert in any fields just trying ...
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GR Verification for a Charged Black Hole

For a charged ($Q$) rotating ($L$) mass ($M$), the Kerr-Newman equations give the angular deflection of light. Has there been observational verification (I would prefer to use only the angular ...
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Covariant derivative [closed]

Hi, Could you explain to me why the subtraction of vector at some point and parallel transported vector is covariant derivative vector. How is it possible
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Does the FRW metric imply spacetime scales?

The FRW metric can be written in conformal co-ordinates to give: $$ds^2=a^2(\eta)(-d\eta^2+d\mathbf{\Sigma^2}),$$ where $\eta$ is the conformal time and $\mathbf{\Sigma}$ ranges over 3-dimensional ...
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Symmetry group of FLRW metric

$$ g = dt^2 - a^2(t) (dx^2+dy^2+dz^2) = dt^2-a^2(t)(dr^2+r^2d\Omega^2)$$ So this is my metric. What is the symmetry group of it? I think that my Killing vectors are 3 translation vectors: $$K_i = \...
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What is the latest science on closed timelike curves? [closed]

In Scientific American (Sept 2014), Lee Billings writes: Lloyd, though, readily admits the speculative nature of CTCs. “I have no idea which model is really right. Probably both of them are wrong,”...
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Inverse metric in Newtonian limit of GR

I am reading Carroll's book. So looking at the Newtonian limit we write $g_{\mu\nu} = \eta_{\mu\nu} + h_{\mu\nu}$ where $h_{\mu\nu}$ is some small perturbation. He says that because $g^{\mu\nu}g_{\nu\...
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Friedmann equations with $w <-1$

Let's consider a flat universe with an FRW metric with scale factor $a(t)$, with some matter content. The continuity equation $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$ combined with assumptions of isotropy and ...
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What is the additional gravitational term from general relativity given by?

Carroll gives the potential energy in general relativity by $$ V(r)=\frac{1}{2}\epsilon-\epsilon\frac{G\,M}{r}+\frac{L^{2}}{2r^{2}}-\frac{G M L^{2}}{r^{3}} $$ My first question is does $V(r)$ have ...
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Problem 1 Chapter 11 Wald

I'm currently trying to solve problem 1, Chapter 11 of Wald, General Relativity. The request is to derive from the condition $$ \tilde\nabla_a \tilde\nabla_b \Omega=0\text{ at }\mathscr I^+, $$ where ...
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Does space itself fall into a black hole? [duplicate]

Long time ago I heard someone say that it is space itself that falls into a black hole. Yesterday I saw a little animation that suggested the same (although I´m not sure, because the person who put ...
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What is the connection between the coordinate transformation properties and graphical representation of covariant and contravariant components?

So right now I am studying General Relativity (in particular tensor analysis), and I have a question regarding covariant and contravariant components of a vector. I was taught how to transform ...
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Centrifugal force in the two body problem?

In the two body problem, the Effective radial potential energy in general relativity is given by $$ V(r)=-\frac{G M m}{r}+\frac{L^{2}}{2\mu r^{2}}-\frac{G(M+m)L^{2}}{c^{2}\mu r^{3}} $$ where the ...
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A Calculation in Padmanabhan's Book

I have seen this in Padmanabhan's book. How can I verify this: $$d\Sigma_{mn}=\frac{1}{2!}\epsilon_{mnab}\frac{\partial(x^a,x^b)}{\partial(\theta,\varphi)}d\theta d\varphi=\epsilon_{mn\theta\varphi}r^...
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What are Pre-requisites for General Relativity [duplicate]

I have a background in Electrical engineering. However, I have a passion for physics and want to do my Masters in Physics. I was hoping to do some sort of self - study in topics that I have not ...
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Killing tensor in Minkowski space

I'm trying to solve the Killing tensor equation $\nabla_{(a}K_{bc)} = 0$ in Minkowski space. I'd like to generalise the method we use to find Killing tensors in Minkowski space. We can take $\...
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Is a spacetime of constant positive curvature just a 4-hypersphere?

In discussions of basic cosmological models, I don't see "spacetime of constant positive curvature" described more simply as a "4-hypersphere". What am I missing?
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If maximum speed limit $c$ is made infinite, will general theory of relativity become equivalent to Newton's gravitational theory?

We know that special relativity tends to become equivalent to classical theory of relativity as the speed limit of nature becomes infinite. If this happens, clock will tick at the same rate ...
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Is frame drag the magnetic part of gravity? [closed]

Like moving charged mass creates an magnetic field, does moving mass also creates a magnetic field associated with moving (accelerated) mass? And if so, why does the mass have to accelerate, while in ...
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Gravitational waves (linearized gravity) [closed]

Even in the Schwarzschild metric we can write $g_{uv}=\eta_{uv}+h_{uv}$ where $h_{uv}$ is very small. So after some coordinate transformation (using gauge freedom) we can simplify the Einstein ...
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What expression of Ricci tensor should we choose in order to obatin a correct field equations?

I have doubt regarding the choice of the Ricci tensor $R_{ij}$. I have seen many books and papers use the expression $R_{ij}=\Gamma^i_{jp,i}-\Gamma^i_{ji,p}+\Gamma^i_{in}\Gamma^n_{jp}-\Gamma^i_{pn}\...
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Wave operator applied to electromagnetic field tensor

I'm trying to understand an argument in "An introduction to general relativity" by Hughston and Todd (p37). Let $F_{ab}$ be the electromagnetic field tensor, I'm trying to show: $$\Box F_{ab} = -4 \...
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How to measure time in presence of a strong gravitational field? [duplicate]

I need an operative definition of "measuring time in general relativity" that takes in consideration also the presence of strong gravitational fields between me and clock, able to deviate the light ...
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Do time and spatial derivative under a 3+1 decomposition commute?

After a certain 3+1 decomposition of the space-time, the derivative of time part and spatial part separate. Let's denote them by $d_t$ and $\partial_\mu$. Here the spatial derivative is covariant but ...
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Worldsheet metric & event horizon

Given a certain metric $g_{\alpha \beta}$ (not necessarily diagonal) in which $g_{\tau \tau}=0$ for a certain function, is there any way of determining if there is a singularity in that point, or if ...
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Rigorous derivation of general relativity from first principles

What is the minimal set of axioms required to derive the mathematical formulation of General Relativity from first principles? What are these first principles? What are good references that detail ...
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Variation with respect to the metric and other tensors

When varying an action with respect to tensors and the metric, I'm afraid I get confused as how to one organizes the Lagrangian and then performs the variation. Take for example, the following example ...
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“Measure of time in general relativity” [duplicate]

Suppose to be in an arbitrary gravitational field and you are moving in it arbitrarily with a clock in your hand. In this general situation I ask: if I read the positions of the hands of the clock, ...
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Gauss-Weingarten equation

In E Poisson "A relativist tool kit" p.75 it says that the Gauss-Weingarten relation is: $$e^{\alpha}_{a;\beta}e^{\beta}_{b}=\Gamma^{c}_{ab}e^{\alpha}_{c}-\epsilon K_{ab}n^{\alpha}$$ We have the ...
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Nature of the singularity in the Taub-NUT metric

Consider the Taub-NUT metric $$ds^2=-V(dt+2N(1-\cos\theta)d\phi)^2+\frac{1}{V}(dr^2)+(r^2+N^2)(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta{}d\phi^2),$$ where $$V=\frac{(r-r_+)(r-r_-)}{(r^2+N^2)} \qquad r_{\pm}=M\pm \...
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Does the rate of observable change within space-time change as time passes?

Mass seems to be one thing the effects the "relativeness of time". Assuming the big bang, if the universe had mass in one central location and the mass is moving away from a singular point it would ...
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What is the singularity of an actual collapsing black hole?

In most general relativity texts, the singularity is treated as a point removed from the manifold, to avoid having to deal with the infinite curvature of the Ricci scalar. But in the case of a more ...
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Covariant Derivative of Kronecker Delta

I am reading Carroll's book on GR right now, and I ran into a little trouble in his chapter 3 on curvature. He is establishing the properties of the covariant derivative, and claims that the fact that ...
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Charge without charge and non-traversable wormholes

My question concerns the theory proposed in this classic paper by Misner and Wheeler. In the paper, the authors propose the idea of "charge without charge"--namely, that positive and negative ...
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How much Gravity is required to stop time?

Clocks free of gravitational influence run faster than those experiencing gravity. Is it possible for gravitational influence to bring time to a stop? Additionally can acceleration affect clocks in ...
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EFE and Local Minkowski

Suppose we view the Einstein Field Equations (EFE) in the context of a boundary value problem with a given stress-energy tensor and boundary conditions. The problem is solved by finding a pseudo-...
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Global Hyperbolicity in spacetime Manifold [closed]

If space time is timelike or null geodesically incomplete but cannot be embedded in a larger spacetime then we say that it has singularity. What does incompleteness means here?
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Conserved quantity in a spacetime with Killing vector

I am trying to prove that that the expression $Q=-\frac{1}{\kappa}\int_{S_\infty} \nabla^i \xi^k \mathrm{d}\sigma_{ik}$ is a conserved quantity for a spacetime with Killing vector $\xi^i$ where $S_\...
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Coupling a spinor field to a preexisting scalar field?

So I'm not a physicist, but I'm thinking about a mathematical problem where I think physical insight might be useful. We're working on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ (positive definite metric) with a ...
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What is the difference between time and space in general relativity?

I know that similar questions have been asked before, I will try to be specific. In special relativity time is the coordinate with minus sign in metric tensor. In general relativity the components of ...