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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Seeking a coordinate-free expression of the orbital period for uniform circular motion around a non-rotating point-like mass

Consider a point-like (non-rotating, uncharged) mass $M$ and five separate participants (uncharged and of masses negligible in comparison to $M$) where participants $\mathsf A$, $\mathsf B$, ...
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What experimental proof has been found of Einstein's theory?

As a casual science reader, I've always found the implications of relativity (inconsistent clocks after near-light-speed travel and various space-time paradoxes) to be confusing and magical-sounding. ...
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Why dark matter and general relativity?

My knowledge on this subject is minimal, so sorry if my question is obvious. But why is the current consensus that there is something called dark matter rather than that our current theory of gravity ...
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Does the readoption of the cosmological constant apply across all models of GR?

I'm currently reading about cosmology, and the reintroduction of the cosmological constant, Lambda, into the field equations, to give a more accurate model for cosmology. My question is this: If it ...
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How can the Schwarzschild radius of the universe be 13.7 billion light years?

So i was reading about Schwarzschild radius on Wiki and I found a interesting thing written there link. It says that the S. radius of the universe is as big as the size of the universe? How is this ...
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Would Special Relativity Predict Time Dilation of a Geostationary Satellite Compared to an Observer on Earth?

Consider a geostationary satellite at some arbitrary distance above the Earth's equator and consider a person directly below it, standing on the Earth's equator. Both satellite and person exist on the ...
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EM Field tensor of a point charge [closed]

If I say the Reissner-Nordstrom metric $$ ds^2=-\left(1-\frac{2m}{r}+\frac{e^2}{r^2}\right)\text d t^2 + \left( 1-\frac{2m}{r}+\frac{e^2}{r^2}\right)^{-1}\text d r^2 + r^2 \text d \Omega^2 $$ is the ...
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Special Relativity - Distance Not Increased?

I just watched the movie Interstellar and the question was asked of why/how high-speed travel would slow time within an area. Curious as I am, I watched several YouTube videos to quickly 'educate' ...
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Reference frame of high speed rocket [duplicate]

Imagine a high speed rocket, traveling past a star. In the rocket's reference frame, the star's length is contracted. This is a lot a mass in a thin line, so it the rocket's reference frame, could it ...
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Eternal black holes and Hawking radiation

I have a fairly simple question which is confusing me a lot. As Hawking showed, a black hole originated by collapse will emit Hawking radiation. This process will reduce the mass of the black hole ...
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How does a wormhole form? [duplicate]

I heard about wormholes. I know that they are paths that can be got by contracting spacetime. But, how does a wormhole form?
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How to calculate angular momentum (J) in the Kerr parameter equation?

The Kerr-parameter is given by the following equation: $a = \frac{J}{Mc}$ How to calculate J? Can we just calculate the cartesian product which simplifies to $J = r * M * v$ ? with $r$ = ...
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Connection between two Petrov classification schemes

For the Weyl scalars of all spacetimes, at any point, possess one special structure, the so called principal null directions. Consider a general null tetrad $\{ l_a,n_a,m_a,\overline{m}_a \}$, we ...
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Gravitational Wave Interference [duplicate]

Can gravitational waves interfere like water waves and light waves? If not, can someone explain what about these waves make them uninterferable?
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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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Why should we want to quantize Gravity? [duplicate]

I understand that it will be "nice" to have a quantum description of Gravity as well, just like the other 3 forces. I would like to find out what problems arise in existing theory (not counting String ...
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Frequency of gravitational waves

Is there a way by means of dimensional analysis we can obtain the order of frequency of gravitational waves emitted by massive bodies?
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Is Gravitational Lensing Wrong?

Could gravitational lensing be the refraction of hydrogen, helium, gases and cosmic dust? Refraction is the change in direction of propagation of a wave due to a change in its transmission medium. ...
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Does this identity that applies to the metric tensor also apply to the stress-energy tensor?

Okay so if the $g_{00}$ component of the metric is $-c^2$ and $g_{11}=g_{22}=g_{33}$ and all the other other components are zero, the question is simple, would similar identities apply to the ...
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From String Frame to Einstein Frame for 10D supergravity

This question is related to but not answered in the post String frame and Einstein frame for a Dp-brane, so it should be treated as a separate question. Beginning with the gravity action $$S = ...
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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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Covariant formulation of physical equations?

Is it possible to rewrite equations like the Klein-Gordon, the Dirac or the Proca equation in a generally covariant way? And if yes, how and how can the general covariance be shown? (I searched ...
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What is the covariant basis around a Schwarzschild black hole?

First of all, I'm not interested in time for this question. So lets consider a 3-manifold whose metric is the spatial part of the Schwarzschild metric, so it has the event horizon and the singularity ...
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Aether atmospheres

http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.1467 claims to have an alternative explanation of the interaction of light around massive objects. Many of the general-relativity-tests such as bending of light near a ...
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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electroweak field contribution to the space curvature in GR

i've just found out that EM stress energy tensor along with gravitational stress energy contribute to the curvature of space. So, does the electroweak field also contribute to the curvature of space? ...
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Why is the total energy of current universe conserved? [duplicate]

I began to think about this problem a long time ago and also asked some classmates as well, but none of them can give me a creative solution. I actually developed an original theory that our ...
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Name for the transformation into an accelerated frame?

A transformation into a frame that looks at an experiment from a rotated perspective is called a rotation. A transformation into a frame that moves with a different constant velocity is called a ...
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We Don't NEED Quantum Gravity because Gravity isn't Even A Force! [duplicate]

Now, I understand the motivation for quantum gravity. I honestly want to work on a theory myself. However, gravity, according to General Relativity, is not a fundamental force of nature. To me, it's ...
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Calculate the mass of a Schwarzchild black hole with Komar integral [closed]

In Wald's GR, Komar integral is Eq. (11.2.9): $$M=-\frac{1}{8\pi}\int_S\epsilon_{abcd}\nabla^c\xi^d$$ $S$ can be chosen as a 2-sphere, the boundary of a spacelike hypersurface $\Sigma$ such that the ...
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Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling in General Relativity

What is the difference between Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling in General Relativity? A brief introduction to Minimal Coupling in General Relativity could be useful too.
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Does mass curve space?

Just to be sure, according to the theory of General Relativity, my understanding is that mass curves space-time. My question is, can mass also curve space?
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2 + 1 dimensional gravity as an exactly soluble system [closed]

In Gomez's article (Higher spin part 2)http://arXiv:1307.3200, I face to gauge algebras. Gomez says we have some algebras for ISO(2,1)and SO(2,2),SO(3,1). and he tells us only ISO(d-1,1) and only ...
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Linear Perturbation theory in General Relativity, what to do with products of derivatives?

I'm trying to do a problem in which I am given the Einstein tensor for the following metric: $$ ds^2 = -e^{2\Phi}(d{x^0})^2 + e^{2\Psi}\delta_{ij}dx^idx^j, $$ And then asked to find the Einstein ...
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Question about basic formalism of GR and the metric tensor

I really don't know much about GR, but I've come across a few rough sketches of its formalism in my DG books. I'm trying to piece it together to get a very basic intuition of what spacetime is in GR. ...
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Gravitational waves as information carriers

Is it possible to utilize gravitational waves as a delivery system for information between two observers straddling the event horizon of a black hole? And why ?
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How to find a metric of a general observer?

Yes, that's it. How to find a particular metric of an observer in general relativity? Let's say we have a static metric: ...
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Why is it hard to detect a black hole

I've read in some texts that we can't directly observe a black hole in space because not even light can escape from its gravity. Some of the indirect observational methods mentioned are, gravitational ...
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Before Einstein came up with General Relativity, were there serious reasons to doubt Newton's theory?

Before Einstein came up with General Relativity, was there any serious reason to doubt Newton's theory (and its various developments)? I only know about the discrepancy in Mercury's orbit, which may ...
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Formation of the event horizon seems impossible with singularity inside seems impossible [duplicate]

According to what I was reading, the formation of an event horizon appears if the mass becomes compact enough. Unfortunately, due to time dilation the time for mass to fall into the event horizon ...
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Is dark matter moving faster than light? [closed]

My way of thinking is as follows: Consider a balloon. Let this be blown into a nearly elliptical sphere. Now, the temperature inside the balloon is increased by some means; this leads to the ...
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Definition of “nonlinear” in the context of perturbation of gravity

What exactly is the definition of a nonlinear perturbation when applied to a background spacetime metric? I have seen so called "linear perturbations" which look like $$ds^2 = -(1+2\Phi)dt^2 ...
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Geodesic equation from Euler - Lagrange

There are several ways to derive the geodesic equation. One of which is the variational method which I seemed to understand it because it was written in great details. Then it was mentioned that the ...
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Ricci tensor of Metric black holes with nils and solv geometries of Horizon

The metric of black holes with nils and solv geometries of the horizon is generically represented by $$\mathrm{d}s^2=-r^{2z}\mathrm{d}t^2+\frac{\mathrm{d}r^2}{r^2}+\sum_{I=1}^3 r^{2q_I}(w^I)^2$$ How ...
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Why can't light escape a blackhole? [duplicate]

Gravity attracts objects which have mass right. We know that light is massless so why does a black hole's gravity attract light?
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Curvature of Weyl-rescaled metric from curvature of original metric

I'm trying to go from the low-energy effective action in the string-frame to the corresponding action in the Einstein frame. The action in the string frame has the form $$S = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^7 ...
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Travelling through a worm hole

In every documentary I've seen about worm holes, I have noticed that they usually say that according to the General Theory of Relativity, there could exist worm holes called traversable wormholes; ...
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What is the Kerr factor for Sagittarius A*?

I have searched for it, but everything what I found is that A0620-00 (the current closest black-hole to Earth) is a slow spinner with Kerr factor $a=0.12$. How about the Kerr factor for Sagittarius ...
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$\nabla^{\mu}\nabla_{\mu}$ in general relativity [closed]

I am trying to work out $\square=\nabla^{\mu}\nabla_{\mu}$ in the metric $ ds^{2}=-A(r)dt^{2}+B(r)^{-1}dr^{2}+r^{2}d\Omega^{2} $$ My work: when applying $\square$ to a scalar $\phi$, then $ ...
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Uniqueness or multiplicity of ADM masses for spacetime manifolds with more than one “end”?

The question is: What is the mathematical and/or physical basis for saying that a (static) spacetime manifold with more than one asymptotically flat region at infinity ("end") has a distinct ...