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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General relativity: Induced metric and Killing vector fields

Assume that in spacetime ($M,g_{ab}$) there is a hypersurface generated by a set of independent one-parameter transformations acting on one single point, the generators of these transformations being ...
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Stress-energy tensor. Why this general form?

How is the stress energy tensor obtained? In most textbooks, it's simply stated as $$T^\mu{}_\nu=(\rho+P)U^\mu U_\nu-P\delta^\mu{}_\nu$$ I can see why this makes sense for a comoving observer at ...
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Flat space current conservation sign confusion

It is said that in Minkowski spacetime, the current conservation law for the number current $N^\mu$ where $N^0$ is the number density and $N^i, i=1,2,3$ is the particle flux in the $x^i $ direction, ...
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Interpretation of contribution of gravitational potential energy to the gravitational field

In terms of General relativity we have as a matter of principle that anything that has inertial mass contributes to gravity. All forms of potential energy have inertial mass, it follows that the ...
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When one discusses the “boundary” of Anti-de Sitter space, what do they mean precisely?

The AdS/CFT correspondence refers to the "boundary" of AdS space but I'm a little confused about what this means. Typically, one writes the AdS metric in the form $ds^2= \frac{L^2}{z^2}(-dt^2+d\vec ...
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How accurate is Newtonian Gravity?

I know that really fast moving things need Relativity rather than Newtonian physics. I also know the quirk of the Mercury´s orbit. But just how much more accurate is General Relativity than Newton´s ...
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Given finite speed of gravity, why didn't Earth fell into the Sun already?

When Sun and Earth are moving, at each moment $t$ they are attracted not to the current position of each other, but to the position of each other at $t-\Delta t$, where $\Delta t$ is the time required ...
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Christoffel symbols and Dirac matrices mathematical similarities?

Maybe mine is a silly question, but are there mathematical similarities or common roots between the Christoffel symbols: $ \nabla - \partial = \Gamma $ and the Dirac matrices $ ( \gamma^\mu ...
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Are Stephen Crothers' claims legitimate? [closed]

I came up last night with a talk given by Stephen J. Crothers in which he claims that black holes and the Big Bang have no basis in general relativity. But is he really true? How legitimate are his ...
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Is mass an inherent property?

Suppose I have an electronic weighing machine placed in a uniform gravitational field. Now I put a mass above it and register the reading. Now I give the system (mass + machine) an impulse so that it ...
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The Equivalence principle of General Relativity and the Doppler Effect

I am studying General Relativity and am trying to understand the Equivalence Principle more thoroughly. Basically, it is said that if you are in a uniformly accelerated frame of reference in free ...
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Riemann tensor notation and Christoffel symbol notation

In paper by Barnich and Brandt Covariant theory of asymptotic symmetries, conservation laws and central charges they defined the Riemann tensor like this: $$R_{\rho\mu\nu}^{\quad \ \ ...
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Vanishing of the Ricci tensor in higher spacetime dimensions

I understand how, if the Riemann tensor is 0 in all its components, since we construct the Ricci tensor by contracting the Riemann, Ricci tensor would be 0 in all components as well. I've read that ...
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Does time pass fastest in isolated, resting space?

While it is fairly established that both fast movement and the presence of gravity make time pass slower as compared to a system at rest / free of gravity, does that mean that there is no way for time ...
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What happens when you apply the path integral to the Einstein-Hilbert action?

The Einstein Field Equations emerge when applying the principle of least action to the Einstein-Hilbert action, and from what I understand the path integral formulation generalizes the principle of ...
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Is matter a continuous part of the field of space-time? [duplicate]

I recently found this quote by Einstein (in On the Generalized Theory of Gravitation, 1950), and it seems to me like he is saying that matter is a part of the field of space-time, and is nothing more ...
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Diagonal stress energy tensor components

If I got a diagonal stress energy tensor $T_{\alpha \alpha} = x_{\alpha}$ for some coefficients $x_{\alpha}$, could anyone tell me how can I extract the four components of the stress energy tensor. ...
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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 ...
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Present experimental status of Moffat's Modified theory of Gravity

Modified theories of Gravity have been discussed before in this 2-year old question, Are modified theories of gravity credible? I was going through Moffat's modified gravity, given in ...
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Transformation rule of a partial derivative

We know the following transformation rule: $$ \partial'_b = \frac{\partial}{\partial x'^b} = \frac{\partial x^c}{\partial x'^b} \, \frac{\partial}{\partial x^c} = \frac{\partial x^c}{\partial x'^b} ...
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Why is there a gravitational attraction between two objects at rest with respect to each other?

From my understanding of relativity, gravity is not a force, but a result of the curvature of spacetime. If Object1 moves past Object2, even though it's moving in a straight line, its direction may ...
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Schwarzschild solution in arbitrary dimensions

Is there any generalized Schwarzschild solution for an arbitrary number of dimensions? Is it necessary to calculate each individually, or is there a relationship between them?
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What's the relation between the Euler $\psi$ function, the digamma function, and the hypergeometric function?

Can somebody help me out with the intermediate details of eqn. (2.5) in this paper? Generalized gravitational entropy. Aitor Lewkowycz and Juan Maldacena. arXiv:1304.4926. Is the Euler $\psi$ ...
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Can a scalar field model gravity? How accurate would be the results? Are there any difficulties with such a model?

Newtonian gravity can be described by the equation: $$ \nabla^2 \phi = 4 \pi \rho G $$ where $\rho$ is the mass density, $\phi$ is the gravitational potential, and G is the universal gravitational ...
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Does the concept of a wormhole violate the law of mass-energy conservation?

If my understanding of wormholes is correct, anything that moves into a wormhole can be transported from one region of space-time to another. Consider a situation where an object of mass $m$ in space ...
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Notation for anti-symmetric part of a tensor

I know that $A_{[a} B_{b]} = \frac{1}{2!}(A_{a}B_{b} - A_{b}B_{a})$ But how can write $E_{[a} F_{bc]}$ like the above? Can you provide a reference where this notational matter is discussed?
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Coordinate transformations of the metric tensor

Let's have metric (it describes the space-time of uniformly accelerating observer in Minkowski space-time) $$ ds^2 = v^2du^2 - dv^2. \qquad (.0) $$ I need to find expressions for $u = f(x, t), v = ...
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Can matter really fall through an event horizon?

This question is closely related to Event horizons without singularities from about a year ago (May 2012), which John Rennie answered nicely and persuasively. My variant of the question is this: ...
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Covariant and contravariant vectors

Reading Weinberg's Gravitation and Cosmology, I came across the sentence (p.115, above equation (4.11.8)) The partial derivative operator $\partial/\partial x^\mu$ is a covariant vector, or in ...
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Check it the Killing vectors satisfy Killing equation or not

I am going through Kerr/CFT correspondence paper again, and I am at the section where authors specify Killing vectors for near horizon extreme Kerr metric (shortly NHEK). The metric is ...
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Why gravity is an attractive force? [duplicate]

Why gravity is an attractive force? One may say that it is because of space time curvature but General Relativity is built on this law: $\displaystyle G \frac{m_1 \times m_2}{r^2}$ (To be more ...
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Whose reference frame to use for $d \theta$ near a black hole?

Using the Schwarzchild metric for a body circularly orbiting a nonspinning black hole (i.e. $dr=0$), the relation between $d\tau$, the time between two light pulses sent out infinitesimally close ...
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General Relativity and Time Dilation [duplicate]

Is time affected by the gravitational force? If so, what might be the effect on time at the centre or near centre of earth ?
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Raising indices in Killing equation or not?

I'm having issues with computation of Killing equation. I'm using Mathematica to check if the given vectors are Killing vectors or not, and by hand for simple vector like $\xi=\partial_t$ I get the ...
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Is it true to say *Space time curvature* $\Leftrightarrow$ *Matter*

Is it true to say Space time curvature and Matter are just the same thing, part of the same coin and that therefore Space time curvature $\Leftrightarrow$ Matter? In other words is Space time ...
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Why acceleration is not relative in General Relativity?

I was thinking of it, If I say: "I'm moving at a velocity $v_1$ relative to a reference frame $M$ then the acceleration will be the derivative of $v_1$ relative to the reference frame $M$." In other ...
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Parallel Transport of a 4-vector

Why does the parallel transported $4$-vector change from $X^a(x)$ to $X^a(x) + \bar{\delta}X^a(x)$ ? This is also discussed in D'Inverno's relativity book [page - 72]; but the reason is not clear.
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On Einstein's equivalence principles

There are two foundative Equivalence Principles in General relativity: Weak Equivalence Principle (WEP): the dynamics of a test particle in a gravitational field is independent of its mass and ...
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Weight of a tensor density

Is there any freedom in choosing the weight of a tensor density? I have seen in some papers that they introduce a tensor density made from metric with a special weight. There is a tensor density with ...
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Is it possible that a matter field has a dependent on non-radial space-like coordinate in a spacetime with spherical symmetry?

After the work from Breitenlohner and Freedman, we know matter fields in asymptotically AdS spacetime can be stable out of the black hole under some special conditions. My question: In such a ...
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Is a QFT in a classical curved spacetime background a self-consistent theory?

EDIT: Better rewording by Chris White: Is it possible to have a theory that treats both GR and QFT (e.g. QFT on a curved spacetime dynamically influenced by the standard QFT fields)? Is such a theory ...
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Showing that the variation of an affine connection is a tensor

How can i show that $\delta\Gamma_{\mu\nu}^{\rho}$ transforms like a tensor? Metric compatibility is not assumed here. That means 1) First i need to compute $\delta\Gamma$ first. To do that i need ...
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In relativity, can/should every measurement be reduced to measuring a scalar?

Different authors seem to attach different levels of importance to keeping track of the exact tensor valences of various physical quantities. In the strict-Catholic-school-nun camp, we have Burke ...
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'Easy way' of finding out the Killing vector fields?

Is there a way for calculating the Killing vector fields of a given metric in a quick way? Sure I can guess looking at the metric at the symmetries, and then guess some of them, but, for instance, in ...
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Can masses move in 2+1 gravity?

I would like to understand basic concepts of the general relativity in 2+1 spacetime. As far as I know, GR predicts that such a spacetime is flat everywhere except for the point masses which create ...
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Naive quantum gravity

My question involves an analogy I have to point out. Consider the Lagrangian density for the a complex scalar field: \begin{equation} ...
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Distinguish between Past and Future

When writing the metric in Minkowski space, how can we distinguish between the past and the future? I understand the answer after drawing the light cone but I want to know how we get that by just ...
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Riemann tensor in 2d and 3d

Ok so I seem to be missing something here. I know that the number of independent coefficients of the Riemann tensor is $\frac{1}{12} n^2 (n^2-1)$, which means in 2d it's 1 (i.e. Riemann tensor given ...
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Surface gravity of Kerr black hole

I'm going through Kerr metric, and following the 'Relativist's toolkit' derivation of the surface gravity, I've come to a part that I don't understand. Firstly, the metric is given by ...
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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= ...