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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Geodesic distance in de Sitter space

Consider $N$ dimensional de Sitter space embedded in $N+1$ dimensional Minkowski space: $$\eta_{\mu\nu}X^\mu X^\nu=1, \hspace{1cm}\eta_{\mu\nu}=\text{diag}(-1,1,\dots,1)$$ where I set $H=1$ for ...
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Computing the Einstein tensor for a spherically symmetrical metric using the tetrad formalism

I am having some trouble understanding how to use the tetrad formalism. I will start with what I have so far, my question will be after that. I begin with the metric $$ \text{d}s^2 = e^{2a} \text{ d}...
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Homeomorphism between the space of all Ashtekar connections and spacetime?

Excerpt from an essay of mine: Let $\Psi(\varsigma)$ be the wavefunction in the loop representation, where $\varsigma:[0,1]\to\mathcal{M}$, where $\mathcal{M}$ is spacetime. Then, let $\mathcal{A}$...
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Trapped Surfaces. Any good articles?

I'm currently writing a dissertation on trapped surfaces as minimal surfaces. I have exhausted all of the resources I have, and the internet is pretty limited (in that it is fairly repetitive on just ...
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On the Geroch's argument

During the study of Geroch's argument to prove positive mass theorem, I faced a problem explained below: Suppose $(M,g_{\mu \nu})$ is a four dimensional Lorentzian Manifold and $\Sigma$ is a ...
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Gauss-Bonnet term in Physics

Given a 4-dimensional compact manifold (torsion free), the Euler characteristic is defined as: $$E_4 ~=~ \int \epsilon_{abcd}R^{ab} \wedge R^{cd}$$ with $R^{ab}$ is the curvature 2-form. Perturb the ...
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Is the equivalence principle in General Relativity an approximation?

I read in web that Einstein used the principle of equivalence to explain General Relativity but we know the gravitation is approximately equal in all of rested frame in gravitional field. In contrary,...
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Schwarzschild metric in a different coordinate system

In PADMANABHAN, Gravitation (Foundations and Frontiers), Cambridge, p $304$, exercice $7.6$, an example of the Schwarzschild metric in a different coordinate system is given : $$\mbox{d}s^2= -c^2\...
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Dirac equation in curved space-time with Torsion

I am looking for pedagogical references in which Dirac equation in space-time with curvature and torsion were discussed.
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Curvature and spacetime

Suppose that it is given that the Riemann curvature tensor in a special kind of spacetime of dimension $d\geq2$ can be written as $$R_{abcd}=k(x^a)(g_{ac}g_{bd}-g_{ad}g_{bc})$$ where $x^a$ is a ...
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Is it mathematically possible or topologically allowable for cutouts, or cavities, to exist in a 3-manifold?

A few weeks back, I posted a related question, Could metric expansion create holes, or cavities in the fabric of spacetime?, asking if metric stretching could create cutouts in the spacetime manifold. ...
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Gravitational effects and metric spaces

Could somebody please explain something regarding the Nordstrom metric? In particular, I am referring to the last part of question 3 on this sheet -- about the freely falling massive bodies. My ...
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are pinch-off bubbles valid solutions to general relativity?

are bubbles of spacetime pinching-off allowed solutions to general relativity? With "pinch-off bubble" i really mean a finite 3D volume of space whose 2D boundary decreases until it reaches zero and ...
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(1+1)-General Relativity

Goodevening everyone, my question is: What is the interest of studying the (1+1)dimension General Relativity? Can you explain please? Thank's in advance!
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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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Force needed to hold particle at Killing horizon

I'm trying to understand the force required to hold a particle near the event horizon of a black hole. In particular I'm trying to fill in some details of Carroll's text around equations 6.15 to 6.17. ...
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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 $|M|>|a|$ (...
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Should we consider space and time as separate entity?

In general relativity, we think of space and time in spacetime framework. As some people say, metric tensor sign difference, along with our inability to go backward in time suggests that space and ...
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Non-locality of gravitational energy

Gravitational energy is non-local which is essentially because of the equivalence principle. The equivalence principle says that you can always transform your frame so that you feel like in a ...
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Choice of the coordinate system in a spherically symmetric solution

For a static spherically symmetric solution, the metric can be written as $$ds^2=-A(r)^2 dt^2+\frac{dr^2}{B(r)^2}+C(r)^2d\Omega^2$$ In some cases, we can write $C(r)=R$ and interpret then $C$ (or $R$)...
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Are all spacetimes locally conformally flat?

No, is the answer. However, I am confused. Let $M$ be a (2+1) Lorentzian manifold (for simplicity) . Then the line element is given by : $ds^{2}=g_{\mu\nu}dx^\mu dx^\nu=−N^2 dt^2 + γ^{ij} (dx^i + ...
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What is really going on in the ergosphere of a Kerr black hole?

Considering the Kerr metric with $GM>a$, we can compute 2 event horizons: $r_\pm=GM\pm \sqrt{G^2M^2-a^2}$ These event horizons are null surfaces, and trajectories are timelike between $r_+$ and $...
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Momentum and Kaluza-Klein charge

In normal Kaluza Klein reduction over a $S^1$, the momentum round the circle contributes to the electric charge in the lower dimensional theory. I am curious as to whether, under certain ...
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Does entropy flatten spacetime?

Forgive me if this is a non-question, but I could not find anything regarding this. I only know parts of GR, and I am not familiar with the math. Since energy and matter density curve spacetime, ...
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How to understand the relationship between these two geometrical structures?

During my study of quantum information processing, I occasionally meet two different geometrical structures: (a) The geometry of the Hilbert space of quantum state, where the superposition and ...
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Is the equivalence principle Machian?

There is a lot of discussion on the subject of Mach's principle, and whether it has any place in the theory of relativity. But it seems to me that one could argue that Mach's principle is at the heart ...
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Stephen Wolfram claims to deduce the field equations from cellular automata, has anyone seen the actual mathematics?

In his new blog post Stephen Wolfram claims that he can derive general relativity from cellular automata. OK, so one can derive Special Relativity from simple models based on networks. What about ...
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In causal dynamical triangulation, what equation(s) give the distribution of angles of the triangles?

I know very little about this topic, but going on what I learned in my one semester of QM, there has to be some Schrodinger-like equation they are using to get the distribution of angles of triangles ...
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Gravitational mass defect

In nuclear physics we have a mass defect by the binding energy of the nuclides. A similar effect appears in the theory of gravitation induced by the gravitational binding energy, which reduces the ...
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Two dimensional spacetime and the Gauss Bonnet theorem

Generally two dimensional spacetimes are deemed to be static, as the Gauss Bonnet theorem implies that the Einstein Hilbert action would be a constant independent of $g$. But as far as I can tell, ...
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Can a Set of “Maxwell's Equations” for Newtonian Gravitation be Derived from Newton's Force + Special Relativity?

When I learned about electromagnetism in my first year of undergraduate school, Maxwell's equations were derived roughly in the following way (see also here or in [1]): Gauss's law for a static ...
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What are the definitions and the differences between string “background” and string “vacuum”?

In cosmology one studies perturbations around FRW metric classically (pure GR, we say that we perturbe the FWR "background"). In QFT we have perturbation theory quantistically (we expand around a ...
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Quasilocal stress tensor

I have been reading through the paper hep-th/9902121 and have a few questions about the first five lines of the introduction: 1) "In a generally covariant theory, it is unnatural to assign a local ...
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Why can't we fix the metric and its derivatives at boundary, with the variational method?

In general relativity and for its Einstein-Hilbert action, we usually ask that the metric variations $\delta g_{\mu \nu}$ cancel on the boundary $\partial \, \Omega$ of some region $\Omega$ of the ...
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Full form of the Pauli-Fierz action

In Deser's paper on the fully interacting version of the Pauli Fierz theory, he does a rather simple method of treating the Pauli Fierz equation without going with infinite sums, just by treating the ...
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How to calculate backreaction in AdS space?

This might be a very straight forward and basic question in GR. I am interested in calculating backreaction due to certain matter field (say, scalar) in AdS space. Should I put the energy-momentum ...
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Black Hole - Between event horizon and singularity

Dear Physics Board Users What is between the singularity and the event horizon? If the gravitation gets bigger and bigger coming nearer to a black hole, is then the gravition inside even bigger that ...
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Thomas precession, Lie algebra of the Lorentz group and the conservation of energy

If you read this post Thomas Precession, you will see a very good answer by WetSavannaAnimal, on the subject of Thomas Precession, which I am currently working my through, in conjunction with some ...
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Rigorous Proof of General Relativity's Non-renormalizability?

The answer to this question and the comments on it implies that general relativity has not been rigorously shown to be non-renormalizable for all loop diagrams -- only shown for two loops. However, ...
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Help me calculate the Euclidean action of a gravitating system!

I recently read Gibbons and Hawking's paper Action integrals and partition functions in quantum gravity, Phys. Rev. D 15 (1977) 2752. I am interested in repeating their calculations. It is fairly ...
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Variation of Gibbons-Hawking-York term. General boundary condition and total derivatives

It is actually a comment and question to the answer of Robert McNees in the following post: Explicit Variation of Gibbons-Hawking-York Boundary Term In deriving the variation of the extrinsic ...
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Non-local gravitational energy tensor

The well-known derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz gravitational energy pseudotensor, relies on several requirements: 1) that it be constructed entirely from the metric tensor 2) that it be index ...
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How does one show that asymptotically $AdS_3$ spacetimes are locally $AdS_3$?

Time and again I keep reading that any asymptotic $AdS_3$ spacetime is locally isomorphic to $AdS_3$. I tried to find proof of this by analyzing the Riemann tensor $R_{\rho\sigma\mu\nu} $ in Ricci ...
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Precession of Mercury (Python simulation)

I was trying to simulate the precession of Mercury based on the perturbed solution, and my questions about its implementation in python can be seen here: http://scicomp.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Schwarzschild metric circular orbits and kepler's 3rd law

I have been looking at the Schwarzschild metric presented to me as the following within lectures: $$ds^2=-\frac{\textrm{d}r^2}{1+\frac{\gamma}{r}}-r^2\textrm{d}\theta^2-r^2\sin^2\theta\textrm{d}\phi^...
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What's the physical meaning of gravitational shock wave?

In this paper link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevD.50.3666 the authors discuss the gravitational shock wave metric produced by massless particle: $ds^2=-du(dv+4p\,\text{ln}(\rho^2)\delta(u)du)+dx^2+dy^2$ ...
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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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Is Energy attracted to Energy?

Newton taught us that bodies with mass attract each other according to the universal law of gravitation (mass-mass attraction) and Einstein taught us that mass and energy are equivalent though his ...
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Energy-momentum tensor

I need to show that: \begin{align} \mathcal h_i^a \, T_{ab} \, h_i^b=(\nabla_i \phi)^2-\frac{h_{ii}}{2}[\dot{\phi}^2-(\nabla \phi)^2-m^2 \phi^2] \end{align} where i) $T_{ab}=\nabla_a \phi \...
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What's the physical or mathematical meaning of considering non-minimal coupling?

Why we still consider the case of non-minimal coupling? And I don't really understand the motivation of coupling. In general relativity, the non-minimal coupling violates the principle of equivalence....