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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Distance in General relativity

I read a few lines about general relativity and one of the first equations is the one defining the eigentime of a time - like curve. But observers should also be able to measure length, right? So is ...
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Gauge invariance in gravitational field

I have read that the linearized equation for the metric fluctuations $h_{\mu\nu}$, namely: $$ \partial^2h^{\mu\nu}-\partial_{\alpha}(\partial^{\mu}h^{\nu\alpha}+\partial^{\nu}h^{\mu\alpha}) ...
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GR - curve (in)completeness & (in)extendibility

Seeking clarification of the distinction between completeness of geodesics/extendibility of curves in GR spacetimes? (Confirm: not the geodesic completeness of a spacetime but the completeness of an ...
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Information from inside a black hole

Now I'm hardly a physicist, but I am pretty interested in it. I was thinking about black holes and the movie Interstellar, and if you've seen it, then one of the central points about it is that they ...
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Relation between second covariant derivative of Killing vector and Riemann tensor [closed]

I need to prove that $$D_\mu D_\nu \xi^\alpha = - R^\alpha_{\mu\nu\beta} \xi^\beta$$ where D is covariant derivative and R is Riemann tensor. $\xi$ is a Killing vector. I have proved that $$D_\mu ...
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Help needed to understand Kerr coordinate transformation

The (uncharged) Kerr metric for a black hole of mass $M$ and angular momentum $Ma$ takes the form $$ds^{2} = \Sigma\Big(\frac{dr^{2}}{\Delta} + d\theta^{2}\Big) + (r^{2} + a^{2})\text{sin}^{2}\theta ...
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Rotational relativity? Is there an universal frame of reference for rotation?

So, there is obviously no such thing as an universal frame of reference for velocity. According to the relativity theory, there is no difference between two observers moving with respect to each ...
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Deriving Electromagnetism energy-stress tensor in GR [closed]

Please find the mistake in the following calculations. We have $L=-F^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu}$, and try to derive the energy-stress tensor using $\delta(-g)^{1/2}=\frac{1}{2}(-g)^{1/2}g^{\mu\nu}\delta ...
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Two “Robertson-Walker observers,” velocity of baseball as seen by second observer right before it's caught?

The spacetime metric of a spatially flat ($k = 0$) radiation dominated FLRW universe is given by$$ds^2 = -dT^2 + T[dx^2 + dy^2 + dz^2].$$Consider two "Robertson-Walker observers," i.e., observers with ...
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Can you have black holes in your black holes?

Inspired by Are we inside a black hole?, can you have a black hole such that other black holes are in them? In particular, the event horizon of the larger black hole should completely enclose the ...
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Where do I begin in order to study relativity? [duplicate]

I am in high school now and I want to get the basic idea of what relativity. Can anyone suggest me a book or website for it? I am also curious about the mathematics behind it. Is it possible for me to ...
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Solving systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index notation?

I'm doing some self-studying out of Hughston and Tod's Introduction to General Relativity and I stumbled upon a few problems asking me to solve systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index ...
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Simple Question About Repulsive Potential Field Time Dilation

A space-time with a point mass gravitational potential given by $\Phi(r)$ has a metric described by, $$ds^2=-\left(1+\cfrac{2 \cdot \Phi(r)}{c^2} \right) \cdot c^2 \cdot dt^2+\left(1-\cfrac{2 \cdot ...
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Does Alcubierre drive allow time travel? [closed]

In Alcubierre drive, one can travel apparently faster than the speed of light by "compressing" space in front in the direction of travel. So let's say we have a stationary observer at point A, and an ...
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Difference between gravity and standing on a platform accelerating upwards at 9.81 m/s^2

So, according to Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravity is not a force instead it is a consequence of objects with mass deforming spacetime, right? And so, according to him, there is no ...
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Wald's General Relativity, section 6.3 Page 144

I cannot understand how he reaches the conclusion in equation 6.3.36 and 6.3.37; even the terminology is somewhat confusing. This is a problem of bending of light under gravitational field. This is ...
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Power of blueshifted light falling on observer in circular orbit around Schwarzschild black hole

This answer explains that the time dilation for an observer in a circular orbit around a Schwarzschild black hole, relative to a distant observer at rest relative to the black hole, is given by the ...
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The dimension of the energy-momentum tensor and the Einstein-Hilbert action

I have been thinking recently what will happen if one uses the energy momentum tensor of the Dirac field as a source in the Einstein Field equations. It is well known that in this case $$ ...
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Why didn't LIGO wait for a second observation of a gravitational wave? Are not reproducible results fundamental to science? [closed]

Wikipedia states, "Reproducibility is one of the main principles of the scientific method." So why did LIGO ignore a main principle of the scientific method? My whole life I have been taught that ...
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Einstein-Infeld-Hoffman-Lagrangian for a Test-Particle as Limit of Schwarzschild-Geodesic

Consider a test particle of mass $m$ which is in orbit around a spherical-symmetric body with mass $M$. It therefore has a position as described by the coordinates $r,\phi$, and its motion can be ...
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Are gravitational force and gravitational time dilation proportional?

Particles in gravitational fields are subject to gravitational time dilation. The closer a particle is near a gravitational source, the slower is running its clock. I would like to know more about the ...
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Bending of Light in General Relativity using Perturbation

It is standard textbook calculation (e.g. Schutz's First Course in General Relativity page 294) that we can find a total angular change in light deflection due to gravity to be ...
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What happened to the black hole firewall theory?

What happened to the black hole firewall theory? Back in 2012, some physicists apparently came up with strong evidence that one of three things must be wrong for black holes to work the way we thought ...
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Coordinate form of divergence of anti-symmetric tensor field [closed]

just a quick question on something that might save me a little bit of time and effort. In a general curved metric, the divergence of a vector field, $A^\mu$, can be written as: $ \nabla_\mu A^\mu = ...
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Classical Limit of Schwarzschild Metric

The orbit of a test particle orbiting a black hole can be described by the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{2}\left(-\left(1-\frac{2 G m}{c^2 r}\right) \dot{t}^2 + \left(1-\frac{2 G m}{c^2 ...
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Gravity and spacetime bending [duplicate]

Something that puzzles me if gravity is just bending of space time near a mass then what is gravitational force? If say two massive bodies were perfectly at rest relative to each other they would ...
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Why don't big bang photons conserve mass and energy? [duplicate]

A photon from the big bang has lost most of its momentum and energy. What does it push against? Does it break the 'laws' of conservation of energy and momentum? Is there any possibility that momentum ...
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What is a zero temperature horizon?

While reading the paper "Disorder horizons: Holography of randomly disordered fixed points" by Hartnoll and Santos, I came across this: We are interested in solutions with a zero temperature ...
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What is the problem with quantizing GR in the Effective Field Theory approach?

In the modern view due to Wilson, the cut-off $\Lambda$ is an intrinsic property of a theory and renormalization just means that the theory is invariant under scale transformations below $\Lambda$. ...
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Could particle wave duality be caused by gravity? [closed]

We know that light (and other particles) displays particle wave duality, or the ability to be a particle and a wave at the same time. After that it becomes confusing. We also know that gravity is a ...
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How is this conflict about age of the universe resolved?

In a previous Phys.SE question, Does a spaceship travelling at near lightspeed see the universe aging slow or fast?, the answer (which was followed by a proof involving co-moving reference frames) was ...
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Implementing Category Theory in General Relativity

I was thinking if it may be possible to implement category theory in general relativity. I don't mean writing simply in terms of categories, but actual fundamental ideas (i.e. physics of the theory ...
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Radiative equilibrium in orbit of a black hole

According to Life under a black sun, Miller's planet from Interstellar, with a time dilation factor of 60,000, should be heated to around 890C by blue-shifted cosmic background radiation. How they ...
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Do we exist in warped space and time?

Does the Suns altering of space and time (as evidenced at an eclipse) extend to the Earth such that we exist in warped space and time or are we outside those effects.
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Deriving a Schwarzschild radius using relativistic mass

Introduction I have shown below two different approaches to deriving the Schwarzschild radius. I know these are less rigorous than the derivation of the Schwarzschild solution however the ...
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Are black holes very dense matter or empty?

The popular description of black holes, especially outside the academia, is that they are highly dense objects; so dense that even light (as particle or as waves) cannot escape it once it falls inside ...
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Do gravitational waves travelling through a medium produce sound?

Say Alice decided to orbit dangerously close to a couple of black holes circling each other. She is in a heavily enclosed astronaut suit, as is Bob, who is floating much further away. Assuming Alice ...
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Einstein equations from the Palatini action [closed]

I am trying to obtain the usual form of vacuum Einstein's equations $$ R_{\mu \nu} - \frac{1}{2} R g_{\mu \nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu \nu} = 0 $$ from the first-order (Palatini) tetradic action $$ ...
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If we could perfectly control gravitational waves, could we play music with them? [closed]

Sound is just a kinetic wave propagating through a medium, right? In that case, if we had the ability to make gravitational waves exactly as we want them, could we play music to an observer some ...
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Function to model deformed spacetime in 2D visualization of an Alcubierre drive

In the Wikipedia article on Alcubierre drive there is a top image. It is 2D visualization of an Alcubierre drive, showing the opposing regions of expanding and contracting space-time that displace the ...
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Why do we need connections, if we have the Lie derivative?

When I learned about the covariant derivative, it was motivated as a way of defining a good differentiation operation on tensors. To do this, we had to define a connection on the manifold, which was a ...
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Gravitational imaging

Gravitational Imaging So as we know from the famous theory and equations of Einstein is it possible to track the individual gravitational pull?
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If space can expand faster than light why can't gravitational wave?

I heard that gravitational wave is the measure of stretchiness of space time, so since there is no limit to how fast space can stretch what about gravitational wave?
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Why is the speed of gravity the same as that of photons? [duplicate]

Why is it that the speed of massless particles in space is the same as propagating disturbances of space? We can´t send human information (with photons) faster than the speed of light. But we can ...
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Derivation of the relativistic equation of energy conservation for a perfect fluid

I'm currently attempting to struggle through the first chapter of Sean M. Carrol's spacetime and geometry. I'm a bit stuck, most likely because of not understanding the mathematical operation. ...
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What is the explicit form of $\tau^{\alpha\beta}$ in the linearized Einstein field equations $\Box h^{\alpha\beta}=-16\pi\tau^{\alpha\beta}$?

If we let $h^{\alpha\beta}=\eta^{\alpha\beta}-g^{\alpha\beta}\sqrt{|det(g)|}$ then, according to wikipedia, the Einstein Field Equations become $$\Box h^{\alpha\beta}=-16\pi\tau^{\alpha\beta},$$ where ...
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Why does an evaporating black hole always stay a black hole?

Stars can only collaps and form black holes if their masses are above the Chandrasekhar limit, $M>M_{\rm Pl}^3/M_{\rm hydrogen}^2$. When the universe eventually cools down enough, the black holes ...
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Gibbons-Hawking-York boundary term expanded at second order in the fluctuation

Does anyone know a general form for the Gibbons-Hawking-York boundary term expanded at quadratic order in the fluctuation of the metric? Assume to define the fluctuation of the metric $g_{\mu \nu}$ ...
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The influence of gravity on the energy levels of atoms

There´s an ongoing debate if gravity waves (or gravity?) contains energy. But what if a very strong wave of gravity hits an atom. Let´s for simplicity say a hydrogen atom. Not a wave that is ...
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Closed timelike curves in the Kerr metric

I just read in Landau-Lifshitz that the Kerr metric admits closed timelike curves in the region $r \in (0, r_{hor})$ where $r_{hor}$ is the event-horizon ( I am talking about the case $|M|>|a|$ ...