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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Why gauge theories have such a success?

[This question was inspired by a identical question asked on a other forum] Note that we may morally include general relativity in the gauge theories. We may have several (some are deliberately ...
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How are the Weyl & Riemann curvature tensors related to the stress energy tensor in GR?

Einstein's vacuum equations, that is without matter, allows the possibility of curvature without matter. For instance, we may consider gravitational waves. The question is: Is there some link ...
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Expand metric $g_{ij}$ about flat space

I expand metric $g_{ij}$ about flat space $\delta_{ij}$ $$g_{ij}=\delta_{ij}+h_{ij}$$ where $|h_{ij}|\ll 1$. I would like to find $R_{ij}$, to linear order, in terms of $h_{ij}$, but I dont know ...
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Geometric interpretation of Electromagnetism

For gravity, we have General Relativity, which is a geometric theory for gravitation. Is there a similar analog for Electromagnetism?
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In general relativity, are light-like curves light-like geodesics?

Just as the title. If a curve is light-like, i.e. a null-curve, is it definitely a null geodesic?
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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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What are the relativistic effects of expanding spacetime?

This is a question I've been mulling over for a while and I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. Sorry if it's a bit of a novice question. For the record, I don't fully know GR, ...
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Current status of Penrose-Hawking “thunderbolts?”

I recently came across the interesting statement that most definitions of cosmic censorship (CC), and most work on proving it, don't exclude something that Hawking calls a "thunderbolt" (Penrose 1978, ...
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Twist of null Killing fields

I have a (hopefully) quick question: is it possible to have a null Killing field $\xi ^ \mu$ such that the twist 1-form $\omega_{\mu} = \epsilon_{\mu\nu\alpha\beta}\xi^\nu \nabla^\alpha \xi^\beta \neq ...
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Black hole complementarity - absorption of Hawking radiation

I try to understand two principles formulated by Leonard Susskind in his book The Black Hole War: 1, To any observer who remains outside a black hole, the stretched horizon appears to be a hot layer ...
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Second law of thermodynamics implies a linear cosmology?

If one applies the second law of thermodynamics to the Universe[1] as a whole then one might expect that the entropy of the Universe always increases as time goes forward (or more accurately that the ...
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Is the space-time deformation only a way to say how gravity works? [duplicate]

Here we have the classical picture of the deformation of the space-time: https://blogs.stsci.edu/livio/files/2012/06/spacetime.jpg And I would to know if this representation is only a way to say how ...
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3 Questions about modern Physics [closed]

First i'd like to apologize for both my writting skills (i'm not english) and for my physics knowledge (being them very basic and/or naive). With general relativity from Einstein, gravity is no ...
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Einstein Equation at the Singularity. Understanding the Dr. Michio Kaku's explanation

I'm trying to understand what Dr. Michio Kaku is exaplaining in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hydDhUNvva8 I'm just able to rewrite this two equations. I think I've probably made ​​some ...
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What techniques can be used to prove that a spacetime is not asymptotically flat?

The modern coordinate-indepenent definition of asymptotic flatness was introduced by Geroch in 1972. You can find presentations in Wald 1984 and Townsend 1997. The definition is in terms of existence ...
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Projectile motion of a charged particle in a homogeneous electric field

I'm reading an article about projectile motion, but I'm having some trouble with how the author found the equations of motion when a homogeneous electric field is considered. To allow an immediate ...
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Behavior of black holes in higher- and lower-dimensional space-times

The behavior of black holes in 3+1 dimensional space-time as our own is rather well known: formation, event-horizon size, mass, spin, radiation etc. However, my question is what would black holes ...
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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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Expansion of action in general relativity?

I am reading a lot about GR lately (because of thesis), and one thing bothers me, and I'm not finding a direct answer to it. For instance in one article, the author says that they are expanding ...
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Does gravitational lensing violate Fermat's Principle that light must travel in straight lines?

Does bending of light due to warping of space violate Fermat's Principle or is it that in the principle light goes in a straight line with respect to space (taking space as the reference) and in ...
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What is the difference between translation and rotation?

What is the difference between translation and rotation ? If this were a mathematics site, the question would be at best naive. But this is physics site, and the question must be interpreted as a ...
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What different approximations yield Gravitoelectromagnetism and Weak Field Einstein Equations?

This question is inspired by this answer, which cites Gravitoelectromagnetism (GEM) as a valid approximation to the Einstein Field Equations (EFE). The wonted presentation of gravitational waves is ...
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Is general relativity holonomic?

Is it meaningful to ask whether general relativity is holonomic or nonholonomic, and if so, which is it? If not, then does the question become meaningful if, rather than the full dynamics of the ...
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Motivation behind studying the asymptotic structures

I am trying to explain to myself the motivation behind studying the asymptotic structures at null, time-like and space-like infinities (For the purposes of this post, I will stick to four dimensional ...
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Questions on Penrose's paper - Conformal Treatment of Infinity

I have several questions. Perhaps it would be better to separate them into different posts. However, given their relative closeness to each other, I think putting it all in one place would be better. ...
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Why do we care about the maximally extended versions of spacetimes?

One can take a spacetime and maximally extend it, so that geodesics end only on singularities, where they have to end -- not on coordinate singularities, which are not physically significant. But when ...
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The Einstein-Klein-Gordon (EKG) equations

I am a little confused about a few papers I read on the Einstein-Klein-Gordon (EKG) equations. From what I understood one takes the energy-stress-tensor of the scalar field: $$T_{\mu\nu } = ...
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Cosmological models other than FRW

The FRW is a nice isotropic and symmetric metric but I think its assumptions are too many. I was wondering about alternative models. Specifically are there any prominent alternatives that have more ...
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What does “all future lies within the event horizon” mean?

I was trying to find an answer as to why light does not escape black holes and I stumbled upon this Phys.SE question. In the answer it said that: "Since all future lies within the event horizon, ...
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On “the geometry of free fall and light propagation” paper by Ehlers

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)), I reach to an axiom which says: There exists a ...
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Is the tide on Earth caused by curvature of spacetime

The tide on Earth appears absolutely whenever the moon is overhead. Is that tide caused by spacetime, re-curvature in space or attraction gravity?
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Scaling of non-gravitational energy in a black hole

When looking at a Schwarzschild black hole, for instance, we know that we may apply black hole thermodynamics. We may define a entropy of the black hole which scales like the area of the horizon : $$S ...
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Induced metric on a null hypersurface

Consider a metric $g_{\mu\nu}(x)$ and a hyper surface ${\cal H}$ defined by $~f(x) = c$. One (or at least I) usually finds the "induced metric" on ${\cal H}$ by solving$~f(x) = c$ for one of the ...
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Massless fields in curved spacetimes

I read the following statement in one of Penrose's paper zero rest-mass field equations can, with suitable interpretations, be regarded as being conformally invariant. I take this to imply that ...
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Degrees of freedom of the graviton versus classical degrees of freedom

I have a puzzle I can not even understand. A graviton is generally understood in $D$ dimensions as a field with some independent components or degrees of freedom (DOF), from a traceless symmetric ...
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How is a wormhole formed by spacetime surgery?

How is a wormhole formed by performing surgery on spacetime?
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What are Einstein evolution equations?

In my studies I faced "Einstein evolution equations". I know about "Einstein equation", but I don't know what are "Einstein evolution equations"? Unfortunately, my searches did not result in much. Can ...
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A thought experiment on vision and curved spacetime

What follows is a long self-made example to deal with my conceptual issues of visualizing curved spacetime. Imagine an observer floating somewhere in space. He feels no strain on his body, ...
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Information escape from a black hole

Is the following a possible scenario? If not, why not? Assume there is a supermassive black hole $Z$ isolated in inter-galactic space. Nearby and stationary relative to $Z$ is observer $A$. A number ...
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How does one get these definitions of the energy momentum tensor?

I was just reading a book - Mirror Symmetry by Clay Mathematics Institute, and on Page 402 of the book, the writer says that energy momentum tensor is defined classically by $$\delta S = -\frac{1}{4 ...
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Resource for nonphysicists about QM/GR incompatibility [duplicate]

I don't know how to explain the issues at hand in a way that nonphysicists are certain to understand. Can anyone point me to some resource (book, video, it doesn't really matter) that will help me?
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Newtonian gravity from the holographic principle?

Can one understand Newton's law of gravitation using the holographic principle (or does such reasoning just amount to dimensional analysis)? Following an argument similar to one given by Erik ...
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Dimension & non - locality problem in string theory

I have some questions with string theory: Why is it that there is exactly 4 large spacetime dimensions while the rest remain small? It is a nonlocal QFT. How could that fit in GR?
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Resultant curvature tensor from the Casimir Effect

I've often seen the Casimir effect cited as a source of negative energy/exotic matter with regards to ideas like the Alcubierre drive. The articles then go on to note that the energy required by the ...
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Metric tensor in General Relativity or otherwise [closed]

What is the metric tensor? How can this be a covariant and contravariant tensor, or a mixed tensor, by raising and lowering indices? How it relates to distance function (metric) and angles? How ...
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Fulvio Melia's linear Universe

I would be interested in what people think of Fulvio Melia's argument for a linearly expanding Universe. I realize that the experimental evidence seems to be pointing to an accelerating Universe ...
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Kerr Metric in Orthogonal form

I've seen the Kerr metric usually presented in the Boyer-Lindquist coordinates where there is a cross term in the $d\phi$ and $dt$ term. I've done a good bit of searching and cannot find any ...
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Is the fraction of radioactive isotopes on the near side of the moon higher than on the far side?

As time passes more slowly in a region of space close to the source of a gravitational field, shouldn't the moon, which always has one side facing towards the earth, have a higher fraction of ...
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Newtonian approximation in cosmology

In Peeble's "Large scale structure of the Universe" the Newtonian approximation in cosmology is examined by looking at a transformation that makes the metric locally Minkowski. On pg 38 it is stated ...
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Einstein's Cosmic Speed Limit $c$ challenged by Black Holes/Massive Objects [duplicate]

To even suggest the great Einstein is incorrect on anything he has written is inconceivably absurd. Being fully aware of this I do indeed dare to not only suggest he is wrong but I cannot believe ...