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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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: ...
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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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Is time depending on the observer in string theory?

I heard that in the theory of relativity the time of an action is depending on the observer. But in string theory, is the time also depending on the observer? Are strings acting according to the ...
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Free fall coordinates/Fermi (normal) coordinates

It makes sense intuitively given the equivalent principle, and I've seen many times it stated, that for a free fall (geodesic) path in an arbitrary spacetime, we can choose our coordinate system to ...
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Computing the Ricci Tensor for a Spherically Symmetric Spacetime

For a homework question, we are given the metric $$ds^2=dt^2-\frac{2m}{F}dr^2-F^2d\Omega^2\ ,$$ where F is some nasty function of $r$ and $t$. We're asked to then show that this satisfies the Field ...
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Can a gravitational wave produce oscillating time dilation?

I was reading about gravitational waves and about laser based detectors. I also read this. As mentioned in the answer, when ever there is a deformation in spacetime, doesn't it also create a minute ...
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Gravity's effects on photons moving away from source

As a photon has no mass and must always have velocity c, if I were to shine a laser straight up (so Earth's gravity would be pulling straight back on it), what would the effect be on the photon? It ...
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Examples of warped product manifolds?

Bishop and O'Neil defined warped product manifolds. Space-times are good examples of such warped product manifolds. Is there a famous and important example of space-times $I×M$ where $M$ is itself a ...
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Applying Weak Energy Condition for a specific energy-momentum tensor

So, I have a particular energy-momentum tensor, for a specific line element, and I want to check if this obeys the weak energy condition ($T_{ \mu \nu} U^\mu U^\nu \geq 0$ where $U^\mu$ and $U^\nu$ ...
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Definition of Irreducible Tensor Parts in an Exercise

I am addressing exercise 23.9 on http://www.pma.caltech.edu/Courses/ph136/yr2011/1023.1.K.pdf. The exercise says that a fluid flowing through spacetime $\vec u(\mathcal P)$ can have its gradient ...
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Metric with 5D signature: +---+

From a paper that a friend sent to me (on inflation theory which I am still in learner mode) a 5D signature +---+ was specified with the 5th dimension being a velocity dimension. I didn't know that ...
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What's the meaning when Kerr-Newman metric's mass is zero?

Kerr-Newman metric represents the spacetime of a charged and rotating black hole. If the mass parameter is zero, this metric is still not the Minkowski spacetime. What's the meaning of a charged and ...
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How to prove the energy of gravity in general relativity is non-local?

Every textbook in general relativity containing the energy of gravity all says that the energy of gravity is non-local and every energy-momemtum density received is pseudo-tensor, but "having not ...
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What is the metric of Vaidya black-hole horizon?

The metric of a Vaidya black hole in outgoing/retarted null coordinates are $$ds^2=-\left(1-\frac{2m(u)}{r^2}\right)du^2-2dudr+r^2\Big(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta d\phi^2 \Big)$$ The eveolving horizon ...
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If $S$ is a closed achronal set in a spacetime, any timelike curve starting at a point in $I^+[S]$ and ending at a point in $I^-[S]$ interset $S$?

Suppose $S$ is an achronal set in a spacetime $M$. And $S$ is closed. At the same time, any null geodesic of $M$ intersects $S$. Then, why does any timelike curve from $I^+[S]$ to $I^-[S]$ intersect ...
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Deformation of light-cone

In the paper The geometry of free fall and light propagation by Ehlers and his colleagues (Gen. Relativ. Gravit. 44 no. 6, pp. 1587–1609 (2012)), when the authors introduce the differentiable ...
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In KK theory, is proper time defined using the 5 dimensional or the 4 dimensional line element?

Let's consider five dimensional KK theory. This is Klein's metric $\hat{g}_{AB}= \begin{pmatrix} g_{00}+A_{0}A_{0}&g_{01}+A_{0}A_{1}&g_{02}+A_{0}A_{2}&g_{03}+A_{0}A_{3}&A_ 0\\ ...
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Radial Null Geodesics in Static Maximally Symmetric DeSitter Space

Given a DeSitter-space metric from the line element: $$ ds^2=\left(1-\frac{r^2}{R^2}\right)dt^2-\left(1-\frac{r^2}{R^2}\right)^{-1}dr^2-r^2d\Omega^2 $$ Where $R=\sqrt{\frac{3}{\Lambda}}$, and ...
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Unknown Function in the Tolman-Bondi-de Sitter Metric

I've been working with some dust solutions in General Relativity, practicing calculating the Riemann curvature tensor, and I came across an odd metric: the Tolman-Bondi-de Sitter metric. A quick ...
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Irreducible representation for the massless particle with helicity 2 and the Weyl tensor

As it can be shown, the equations for the irrep with zero mass and helicity 2, -2 respectively can be given in a form $$ \tag 1 \partial^{\dot {b}a}C_{abcd} = 0, \quad ...
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How to calculate the 2-point function of gravitons?

I'm curious about how to calculate the 2-point function of graviton, but there are no textbooks of general relativity covering this problem. So how to calculate it? In which book can I find the ...