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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Black hole area theorem and Hawking radiation

Black hole area theorem states that surface area of a black hole does not decrease with time (see page 10 of Introductory Lectures on Black Hole Thermodynamics, Ted Jacobson ...
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Kerr metric Christoffel symbols

I've been slaving away trying to calculate the Christoffel symbols for the Kerr metric. Does anybody know of a link that I could compare my answers to? I've done some Google searches and all I can ...
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Where do we get the terms involving $\Phi$ in parentheses come from in the static weak field metric?

I am confused about the static weak field metric. As written in Hartle, it reads \begin{equation} ds^2 =-\left(1+\frac{2\Phi(x^i)}{c^2}\right)(cdt)^2 +\left(1-\frac{2\Phi(x^i)}{c^2}\right)(dx^2+dy^2 ...
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Theory that gets rid of dark matter/energy

Is there any physics theory that either groups together gravity and dark energy/dark matter or eliminates dark energy/dark matter by modifying standard understanding of gravity or any force? If so, ...
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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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Need of Fourth Time dimension

What is the need of 4th dimension in GR. Can we solve the problem without assuming 4th dimension. If we specify in three dimensional grid values of relative time in all the elements of grid, can we ...
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Transpose of (1,1) tensor

When we transpose a (1,1) tensor, shall we simply switch the two indices while keeping their upper/lower positions or switch them and also switch their upper/lower positions? In general, would the ...
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Correct calculation for a quantum black hole (example: LHC)?

What is the right equation to calculate a quantum black hole? As an example I like to take the figures from LHC. http://lhc-machine-outreach.web.cern.ch/lhc-machine-outreach/beam.htm Top Energy ...
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Determining whether a space is really three or two dimensional? [closed]

A space purports to be three dimensional with the metric $$dl^2=dx^2+dy^2+dz^2-\left(\frac{3}{13}dx+\frac{4}{13}dy+\frac{12}{13}dz\right)^2$$ How can I show that it actually represents a two ...
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Getting started self-studying general relativity

What are some good books, videos, websites for getting started with general relativity? I would prefer mathematically rigorous sources.
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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 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 the film. I ...
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Is the universe 5 dimensional space-time or 4?

we've been told that in General Relativity (GR), matter tells space how to curve and space tells matter how to move. But my question is, if 3 dimensional space was curved by matter then it should be ...
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Speed of light constant for all observers [duplicate]

General relativity has been proven many times over to be correct. In my meager understanding of things, they are all premised on the fact that the speed of light is constant to all observers. I would ...
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Does a time-evolving gravitational field or potential have any important/interesting effects?

I have learned from classical electromagnetism that a time-evolving magnetic field gives rise to a contribution to an electric field, and vice-versa. Do gravitational fields have an analogous effect ...
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How many times can light revolve around a black hole?

Take a light ray approaching a black hole from infinity which goes out again to infinity. What is the maximum finite rotation it can describe? (I know it can loop around indefinitely in the ...
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Can I hide a charge behind a black hole?

Suppose that you are standing on one side of a black hole. I'm standing directly opposite you, on the other side of the BH, and I'm holding a charged particle. Is it possible for us to be positioned ...
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Is the influence of gravity greater than light? [duplicate]

As the influence of gravity is infinite throughout the universe.is the influence of its force on a body very far away faster than the speed of light.suppose a star dies...is the influence of its ...
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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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Hawking radiation and charge

If black hole has a charge, they will lose charge due to Hawking radiation. If black hole has positive charge, it emit more positron than electron. And the same argument I can apply in rotating black ...
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Definition of the Lagrangian for a relativistic point particle in curved space

I have read that the Lagrangian in GR is defined as $L=\frac{\mathrm{d}s}{\mathrm{d}u}$, where $\mathrm{d}s = g_{ab}\mathrm{d}x^a\mathrm{d}x^b$ is the line element with the metric tensor $g_ab$ and ...
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Wormholes & Time Machines - for *experts* in GR/maths

EDIT: Further clarification in the context of answers/comments received to 20 Jan has been appended EDIT: 21 Jan - Response to the Lubos Expansion appended [in progress, not yet complete] EDIT: 23 ...
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Covariant versus “ordinary” divergence theorem

Let $M$ be an oriented $m$-dimensional manifold with boundary. As stated in Harvey Reall's general relativity notes (here) or Sean Carroll's book, the "covariant" divergence theorem (i.e. with ...
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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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How does the warping of time behave as a fourth dimension?

My problem is that I have a hard time grasping something if I can't conceptualize it, though maybe this can not be conceptualized, just accepted, in which case I thank you for your patience. The ...
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Proper length in GR

What meaning/use is associated with the notion of proper length in general relativity? Do you know an example of any quantity that depends on it? I have so far found statements like "the length ...
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Can two distinct events occur at precisely the same moment in time?

I am writing a simulation and am having difficulty resolving the order in which two distinct forces occur. The simulation will give different results if the forces are applied to the state in ...
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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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Does the definition of the SI unit “second” require that possible perturbation of primary frequency standards should be measured?

The definition of the SI unit "second" is stated as The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground ...
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How do gravitons impact on general relativity?

As I'm reading about GR a lot lately, I was wondering: how do gravitons (if they exist ofc) impact the general relativity? Since in GR, when we look at particles moving in space-time, we are only ...
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What does it mean when it is said that “General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are incompatible”? [duplicate]

In many of the pop-science-y documentaries on theoretical physics I often hear the statement: "General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are incompatible" Some googling tells me that "General ...
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How physical are vacuum solutions to Einstein's equations?

It is shown in any standard textbook on general relativity how you might get black holes and gravitational radiation, both of which are vacuum solutions to field equations, i.e., such that ...
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How can gravitions exist without violating GR? [duplicate]

How can gravitions exist without violating GR, since GR says that gravity is curvature in space-time.
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Charged black hole

It is known that there is solution of Einstein's equations for charged black hole. Reissner–Nordström metric in case of non-rotating charged black hole and for rotating charged black hole is a ...
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Could a photon travel faster than the speed of light in vacuum?

If the cosmic speed limit is the speed of light in vacuum, then what happens when a photon traveling through space meets gravity? Wouldn't gravity pull on the photon that's already traveling at max ...
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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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Do photons exert gravity? [duplicate]

I read about GR today and came across the Bonnor beam. As I understand it, two parallel light beams (in a flat space) will in fact creep – slowly – towards each other. As Wikipedia puts it: On the ...
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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 can I use Einstein's field equations? [duplicate]

Every time I try to find the answer to this question I get redirected to different pages that ultimately do not end up answering my question. I have some understanding of Riemannian geometry but have ...
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The Aharonov-Bohm effect is purely classical, right?

Every discussion I've ever seen of the Aharonov-Bohm effect makes a big deal of its being a quantum effect with no classical analogue. But as far as I can tell it is present already at the classical ...
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Schwarzschild radius after inflation [duplicate]

Update and refinement of previous question. At the beginning (Big Bang) if there was parhaps a singlarity as such GR, Quantum theory breaks down and we do not really know what happens. that's why I ...
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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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Effect of a rotating disk on a grandfather clock

The question is as follows: A grandfather clock is placed on a rotating disk. Given the disk rotates once every minute, how long does it take for the clock to be one second out? Am I correct in ...
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Proving a relation with Four-velocity tensor [duplicate]

I'm trying to show that: $U^a_{\space\space;b}U^bU_a = 0$ (Where U is four-velocity) and I'm stuck on how to go about it. I tried expanding it out into the Christoffel symbols, but that didn't seem ...
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Can gravitational waves escape from inside of black holes? [duplicate]

I understand that light cannot escape from inside of an event horizon because the spacetime curvature is too warped for photons to escape. On the other hand, gravitational waves are ripples of ...
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Finding the metric tensor from the Einstein field equation?

I have have set my self a challenge to learn all the maths behind the Einstein field equation (EFE), and from reading it seems that the Metric tensor is the thing we are trying to find (from the 10 ...
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Why doesn't $ds^2 = 0$ imply two distinct points $p$ and $p'$ on a manifold are the same point?

Let's suppose I have a spacetime manifold $M$. Let $p$ be a point on my manifold. Now I move from $p$ to some other point $p'$. Presumably I should have moved some "distance" right? How can I speak of ...
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Does anyone recognize the line element $ds^2 = ( 1 - \frac{2m}{r} )dt^2 + 2 dt dr$?

I've stumbled upon the line element $ds^2 = ( 1 - \frac{2m}{r} )dt^2 + 2 dt dr$. Obviously the corresponding metric tensor has components: $\begin{bmatrix} g_{tt} & g_{tr} \\ g_{rt} & g_{rr} ...
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How does one calculate the full perihelion shift of Mercury, including perturbations from other planets?

I'm talking about the full calculation, including perturbations from other planets. I've seen the general relativistic correction done a half dozen times before, but I can't say that I've seen the ...
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Are all reference frames equally valid?

Are accelerated reference frames as valid / real as inertial frames, or are accelerated frames a convenience of integrating across a continuum of inertial frames? For instance, it makes sense to ...
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Step by step algorithm to solve Einstein's equations

I cannot completely understand what is a regular method to solve Einstein's equations in GR when there are no handy hints like spherical symmetry or time-independence. E.g. how can one derive ...