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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Is there a limit as to how fast a black hole can grow?

Astronomers find ancient black hole 12 billion times the size of the Sun. According to the article above, we observe this supermassive black hole as it was 900 million years after the formation of ...
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Is the accelerated expansion of the universe consistent with conservation of energy? [duplicate]

If energy can neither be created nor destroyed, how come the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate? Where does this energy come from?
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Energy variations of cosmic background radiation

Has anyone been able to measure a difference in the energy density of Cosmic Background Radiation in a gravity well compared to zero gravity?
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Are there experimentally verified differences between general relativity and Lorentz invariant “newtonian” gravity?

I used to have (I lost it) a historical article about how Eintein's general relativity theory "won" over a Lorentz invariant generalization of Newton's gravity (I cannot remember the author). This is ...
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Infinite universe, big bang = no singularity? [duplicate]

If we traced an infinite universe back in time towards t=0(ish) would a singularity still be formed? Would the singularity be infinite in size? (To me it seems it would have to be) This reminds me ...
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What is the speed of light after it has entered a black hole?

I was just thinking about this the other day. Given Einstein's Relativity etc. assigning the cosmic "speed limit" the value of $c=299792458\:\frac{m}{s}$, we know that the event horizon is the point ...
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Does GR reflect Aristotelian time?

This is really a philosophical question, which I've already asked at Phil.SE but I'm asking here with more physics detail. In Newtonian Mechanics, space and time are independent of each other, and of ...
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Is there any paper analyzing the validity of Relativity in expanding space? [duplicate]

Big Bang models result from applying Relativity equations to expanding space; however, as Einstein noted, Relativity was not established in expanding space. A basic question arises: is Relativity ...
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How can spacetime affect massless entities? [duplicate]

Why is light affected and "bent" by spacetime if it has no mass or density?
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Is this the correct way to think about this exterior derivative? [migrated]

If we have, expression (1) with the $\star$ sign used for Hodge star $$\star(d(\alpha))$$ where $\alpha$ is a complex function. We are speaking in 3 dimensions (x,y,z) that is expression(1) can be ...
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Can a sufficiently large black hole be singularity-free?

This came to me after reading that a black-hole that has the mass of the observable universe will also have an event horizon that covers the observable universe. Since the definition of a black hole ...
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Geodesic equation

I have a technical question about the geodesic equation. Assume we have a frame $(E_{1},E_{2},E_{3},E_{4})$ (not necessarily a coordinate frame). Assume we have a parametrized curve $\gamma(s)\in M$ ...
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What is a nongeodesic orbit?

I have read that in the Schwarzschild spacetime for a nongeodesic circular orbit the radial acceleration becomes positive for $r<3r_S$. Intuitively, the acceleration should be negative, pulling the ...
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Is it valid to apply Einstein's Relativity to scenarios involving expansion of space?

IIs it valid to apply Einstein's Relativity to scenarios involving expansion of space? For a practical example of this: Is it legitimate to speak of distant red-shift galaxies as experiencing time ...
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Gravitational lensing not caused by gravity?

This may be a possible duplicate, though I recently stumbled upon this paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.1467 claiming to have an alternative explanation of the interaction of light around massive ...
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Given the Wikipedia notion of “arc length”, how is its manifestly real “signed variant” to be called and denoted?

I am dissatisfied with the presentation (not to say "definition") of "arc length", in its "Generalization to (pseudo-)Riemannian manifolds", as given in Wikipedia. (Who isn't?. But I'll sketch it here ...
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Why does the electric field escape a black hole? [duplicate]

An (unlikely) charged black hole can be described with the mass, angular momentum, charge and the thermal radiation. The reasoning behind the thermal radiation rests on the particle creation outside ...
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Questions about “geodesic path” and “arc length of a geodesic path” in the context of GTR and “Lorentzian manifolds”

I'd like to check my understanding of the notions "geodesic path" and "arc length of a geodesic path" in the context of GTR and "Lorentzian manifolds". Considering a set of "spacetime events", ...
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Dirac operator in curved spacetime in 2 dimensions – hermitian?

I'm currently trying to learn about the Dirac equation in curved spacetime and have come across an odd remark in Nakahara's well-known textbook "Geometry, Topology and Physics" that I would like to ...
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Boyer–Lindquist coordinates

In the Kerr solution to the vacuum Einstein Equation written in Boyer–Lindquist coordinates. Because it is not spherical polar coordinates, $r$ ranges from 0 to infinity does not cover all the space, ...
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Bending of space vs. bending of a body - which is larger, and by what factor?

This is not homework, but is a problem I am asking myself. A long rod with known elastic material properties floats in flat space - suspended and kept in place by a number of massless ropes. Now we ...
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Different forms of the Einstein field equation

I am working my way through the wonderfully written introduction "General relativity for mathematicians" by Sachs & Wu. I am indeed a mathematics student and find this book to be well suited to ...
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Do past and future exist? [closed]

Ok, first thing I want to say is that I'm a layman. No high school math background whatsoever, so I'd be greatful if you could provide an explanation without equations. Now I'm quite interested in ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor with mixed indices

I know that $T_{\mu\nu}$ is the Energy-Momentum Tensor and $T=g^{\mu\nu}T_{\mu\nu}$, but does anyone know what $T^{\nu}_{\mu}$ is and how its calculated?
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Gravity as a particle-based force vs space-time warp

I'm interested to understand the interpretation of gravity as a result of exchange of force particles (ie gravitons) vs General Relativity-based warping of space-time. Related to this is while a ...
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Inverse Metric Tensor

First the setup: Let $\mathcal M$ be a $2$-dimensional manifold. Let $U_P$ be some open neighbourhood of a point $P \in \mathcal M$. Let $\mathcal F : U_P \rightarrow \mathbb R \times \mathbb R$ be ...
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Fastest way to find the curvature terms from a given metric [closed]

I want to find the spherically symmetric, static solutions to Einstein's equations $$ R_{\mu \nu} - \frac{1}{2}Rg_{\mu \nu} = 0 $$ in four dimensions using the metric $$ g_{\mu \nu}dx^{\mu}dx^{\nu} ...
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Calculation, radius of Saggriatus A* (SMBH) , Error in Wikipedia?

The parameter Schwarzschild Radius of Saggriatus A* is given in Wiki by 2.08×1015 (~0.2 ly) see in Parameters http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarzschild_radius However, when I do the calculation ...
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If a theory gets two predictions right, how likely it is that the rest of the predictions are true too? [closed]

The question lucidly defines what I am trying to inquire, so there is no need to elucidate it any further. Another question would be, General/Special Relativity has gotten some predictions right as ...
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Why is spacetime not Riemannian?

I apologize if this is a naïve question. I'm a mathematician with, essentially, no upper-level physics knowledge. From the little I've read, it seems that spacetime is Lorentzian. Unfortunately, the ...
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Simple question about the electromagnetic tensor written as a 2-form

I noticed that the 2 form (Electromagnetic tensor) is written as: $$F= F^{ab}e^a \wedge e^b$$ while we know that $$F= F_{\mu\nu}dx^\mu \wedge dx^\nu$$ Is there something wrong with the indices ...
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Topology of a black hole

How many dimensions are theorized for a black hole, in view of the fact that black holes are not observed directly.
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For gravitational wave from twin stars, how was the tidal effect counted?

As the primary indirect evidence, the work on calculating the rotational slow down earned the 1993 Nobel prize. However, I cannot find any where mention how the work deal with the tidal effect. Are ...
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Is dark energy around a black hole locally curved?

The repartition of dark energy in the vacuum is homogeneous all over the universe. The diagram below represents space with a black hole in the middle. The square is divided in small unit squares. If ...
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What are the differences between special and general relativity? [duplicate]

What are the differences between special relativity and general relativity? I am looking for a naive, non-mathematical explanation.
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Why does the Ricci tensor vanishes in Schwarzschild metric? [duplicate]

If the Schwarzschild metric is suppose to describe the behaviour of a spherical object in flat space, so the Schwarzschild is different from the flat metric because it describes curved space so why ...
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Replacing the flat part of ads metric with another flat metric.

In the poincare co-ordinate representation metric of the ads space has a flat part that corresponds to the minkowski metric. Can one show that this flat part can be replaced by other metric that ...
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If gravitational field has negative energy density, how does gravitational radiation carry positive energy?

The following question uses the analogy between EM (electromagnetism) and GM (gravitomagnetism). In order to force two like electric charges nearby, some work has to be done. This implies that the ...
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Is it, and if so, why, impossible to build perpetual motion machines (PMMs) in GR?

I am wondering about this. I have heard that in General Relativity (GR), the energy in a space-time may not be well-defined. If that is the case, then it would seem "conservation of energy" would not ...
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Wondering about Energy [duplicate]

Me and Energy I'm trying to move along with my study of non-advanced physics but not grasping what energy really is, is driving me nuts. Whenever i see anything about energy ( Kinetic, ...
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Available material on Giant Gravitons

I am looking for a pedagogical introduction to giant gravitons (if one exists!). I have basic string theory/SUSY knowledge but no introduction to AdS/CFT. (Do I need to do some reading on AdS/CFT ...
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Quadratic order perturbation terms in the expansion of Ricci tensor [closed]

I want to expand Einstein-Hilbert action for the metric $$ g_{\mu \nu} = \eta_{\mu \nu} + h_{\mu \nu} $$ up to quadratic order in $h_{\mu \nu}$. For this purpose I need to calculate the Ricci tensor ...
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Evidence for electrodynamics in curved spacetime

Field theories in curved spacetime is usually formulated by integrating their Lagrangian over the curved spacetime. For example, for electrodynamics, we have the action $$ S = \int d^4x \left( ...
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Is there an accepted axiomatic approach to general relativity?

I am reading Steven Weinberg's book Gravitation and Cosmology. He makes a big deal out of the equivalence principle and showed a bunch of deductions you can make based on it. This surprised me since ...
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Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates: Why $\ln(r-2m)$ instead of $\ln|r-2m|$?

If one considers the Schwarzschild metric $$ \text d s^2 = -V(r)\text d t^2 + \frac{1}{V(r)}\text d r^2 + r^2 \text d \Omega^2\;,\qquad V(r) = 1-\frac{2m}{r}\;, $$ and introduces the ...
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Klein Gordon equation in de-sitter spacetime with time dependent Hubble parameter

If i try to solve Klein-Gordon equation for a scalar field in de-sitter background, the usual method is to transform to conformal spacetime : $$ds^2 = -dt^2 + e^{Ht}\bf{dx}^2$$ $$=>ds^2 = ...
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Would an Alcubierre drive actually allow FTL travel? [duplicate]

If I do not phrase this question right, please forgive me in advance because I am a layman on the subject of physics, but a software engineer, nonetheless. I do understand many technical subjects. ...
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Propagator for massless spin 2 particle

In my quantum field theory class, we saw ad derived the propagator for both spin-0 and spin-1 particles, massless and massive. I am curious to know what the propagator looks like for a spin-2 ...
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Inertial and Non-inertial frames of reference

I'm really beginner in physics and I recently started to study the concept of frames of reference, inertial and non-inertial ones. In the end, I thought I had understood it: frames of reference ...
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Confusion about Weinberg's discussion of equivalence principle. Help understanding formula

I am reading Steven Weinberg's book Gravitation and Cosmology. On pages 67-68, he begins his discussion of the Principle of Equivalence of Gravitation and Indertia by saying the following: The ...