A theory that describes how matter produces and responds to 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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Interval and proper time

Is the definition of $$d s^2=-d \tau^2$$ assuming that $c=1$, so that we always have $$\left({ds\over d\tau}\right)^2=-1$$? Is there a reason for this definition? Don't we get an imaginary ${ds\over ...
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Can dark matter be relativistic dust?

As far as I know the mass of an observed object increases as it approaches the speed of light. Is it possible that the excess mass called "dark matter" is due to relativistic dust? Surely, stars ...
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Why don't orbits expand with the Universe?

Consider two bodies orbiting each other. As the Universe expands would the distance between them increase? Most people say that a gravitationally bound system will not expand with the Universe. They ...
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If the universe is 3D, how is space-time like a “fabric”? [duplicate]

I have been taught that space-time should be viewed as a fabric and that objects with a large gravitational influence indent that fabric. My question is, if the singularity of a black-hole punctures ...
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Coordinate and conformal transformations of the FRW metric

I'm considering a metric of the following form (signature $(+,-,-,-)$): $$ds^2 = (F(r,t)-G(r,t))dt^2 - (F(r,t)+G(r,t))dr^2 - r^2(d\Omega)^2$$ where $F(r,t)$ and $G(r,t)$ are arbitrary scalar ...
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Ex 0.2.1 in Sachs and Wu's textbook

In the next attachements are: 1. Exercise 0.2.5 which I want help with. Proposition 0.2.1 and its proof. Now, basically a few things are changed in the theorem, I don't think I can use here the ...
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Why is a black hole black?

In general relativity (ignoring Hawking radiation), why is a black hole black? Why nothing, not even light, can escape from inside a black hole? To make the question simpler, say, why is a ...
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Why is Einstein gravity not renormalizable at two loops or more?

(I found this related Phys.SE post: Why is GR renormalizable to one loop?) I want to know explicitly how it comes that Einstein-Hilbert action in 3+1 dimensions is not renormalizable at two loops or ...
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Does perturbation theory break down for quantum gravity?

Perturbation theory presumes we have a valid family of models over some continuous (infinitely differentiable, in fact) range for some parameters, i.e. coupling constants. We have some special values ...
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What truly is mass, and is there a direct way to measure it?

We know a mass of an object of one kilogram as an object that weighs W = mg = 9.8 N and we reference it to that, (when it should as a fundamental parameter describe weight not the opposite). But if we ...
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What is the definition of a timelike and spacelike singularity?

What is the definition of a timelike and spacelike singularity? Trying to find, but haven't yet, what the definitions are.
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Einstein's theory tells us that gravity is a curve in space and time but how does that causes attraction in mass? [duplicate]

The sun is incredibly massive object and it causes the space around it to bend. This causes the planets to pulled to the sun or the planets move in an elliptical path around the sun. But I don't ...
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Time inside a Black hole

If time stops inside a black hole, due to gravitational time dilation, how can it's life end after a very long time? If time doesn't pass inside a black hole, then an event to occur inside a black ...
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Deriving the conservation of mass in a perfect fluid

I have a problem on a homework assignment. I will write the question and then what I have so far. I just want some guidance on what I am doing wrong (or right). Any help would be greatly appreciated: ...
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Can the fuzzball conjecture be applied to microscopically explain the entropy of a region beyond the gravitational observer horizon?

In this article discussing this and related papers, it is explained among other things, how the neighborhood of an observer's worldline can be approximated by a region of Minkowsky spacetime. If I ...
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Space time curvature real or theoretical (mathematical)?

Assuming one were in a capsule of some kind, with no window or instruments, and you swung into the gravitational field of a massive object (planet). Assuming no atmosphere to provide friction, could ...
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Why is $R^2$ gravity not unitary?

I have often heard that $R^2$ gravity (as studied by Stelle) is renormalisable but not unitary. My question is: what is it that causes the theory to suffer from problems with unitarity? My naive ...
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Privileged coordinate system (or lack thereof) in general relativity

What does the following statement mean and why is it true? The Weak Equivalence Principle (WEP) implies that in general curved space-time there is no privileged coordinate system. I have looked ...
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What is the physical meaning of charges at light-like infinity in asymptotically flat space-times?

In the case of charges defined at space-like infinity, I can understand the physical meaning of them because they can be related to measurements made by a physical observer (that is an observer whose ...
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Calculating Riemann Tensor Using Tetrad Formalism

I was trying to calculate the Riemann Tensor for a spherically symmetric metric: $ds^2=e^{2a(r)}dt^2-[e^{2b(r)}dr^2+r^2d\Omega^2]$ I chose the to use the tetrad basis: $u^t=e^{a(r)}dt;\, ...
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What is the variation of Gauss-Bonnet term a total derivative of?

What is the variation of Gauss-Bonnet term total derivative of? i.e. Variation of Gauss-Bonnet combination $= \nabla_{\mu} C^{\mu}$. What's $C^{\mu}$ in 4-dimensions?
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Different approaches to calculating the Christoffel symbols

I would be very grateful to whoever can debug the following calculations... We have the metric for static spacetime: $$ds^2 = -\exp(2U(\vec x))dt^2+h_{ij}(\vec x) d x^i d x^j$$ I want to find the ...
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Boundary conditions of relativistic wave solutions?

If you take Einstein's field equations, \begin{equation} R_{\mu\nu}-\tfrac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R = -\kappa T_{\mu\nu}, \end{equation} and you insert the metric \begin{equation} g_{\mu\nu} = \eta_{\mu\nu} ...
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Runge-Lenz vector and Keplerian Orbits

Is the loss of closed Keplerian orbits in relativistic mechanics directly tied to the absence of the Runge-Lenz vector?
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Switching from an accelerated frame of reference to a locally inertial reference system

Using the equivalence principle, show that the interval for an accelerated observer ($\textbf{g}$ uniform and constant) has the form $$ ds^2|_{\text{first order in ...
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Difference between slanted indices on a tensor

In my class, there is no distinction made between, $$ C_{ab}{}^{b} $$ and $$ C^{b}{}_{ab}. $$ All I know, and read about so far, is the distinction of covariant and contravariant, form/vector, etc. ...
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Dust generated static space-time implications on fluid 4-velocity

Imagine we have a perfect fluid with zero pressure (dust), which generates a solution to Einstein's equations. Show that the metric can be static only if the fluid four-velocity is parallel to the ...
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Help me to understand this conversion (4-vectors)

$u^{\mu}$ - 4-velocity $b^{\mu}$ - 4-vector of magnetic field $ u_{\mu}u^{\mu}=-1, \qquad u_{\mu}b^{\mu}=0 $ $$ ...
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covarient derivative of electromagnetic field tensor

I'm trying to prove the energy momentum tensor in curved spacetime for Electromagnetic field is Divergence-less directly(Without using general lie derivative method which can prove any energy momentum ...
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Are there functions of the metric that are scalars under spatial diffs up to total derivatives?

Let $g_{\mu\nu}$ be a metric on a manifold with a time direction $x^0$ singled out. I'm wondering if there exists a function $F(g_{\mu\nu},\partial_\rho g_{\mu\nu},\ldots)$ that transforms under ...
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Do semiclassical GR and charge quantisation imply magnetic monopoles?

Assuming charge quantisation and semiclassical gravity, would the absence of magnetically charged black holes lead to a violation of locality, or some other inconsistency? If so, how? (I am not ...
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No hair theorem for black holes and the baryon number

The no hair theorem says that a black hole can be characterized by a small number of parameters that are visible from distance - mass, angular momentum and electric charge. For me it is puzzling why ...
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What is the likelihood of ever discovering the graviton?

How would one look for and confirm existence of a graviton? Someone was speaking to me about perhaps one day discovering the graviton, but to me it seems unlikely, although I'm young and essentially ...
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Use of Principle of Equivalence

Let $x^\mu$ be the coordinates of a reference frame, $K$, where all bodies feel the same constant and uniform acceleration $\textbf{a}=\textbf{g}=-\nabla\varphi$; let $\xi^\mu$ be the coordinates of a ...
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How can we be sure about the constancy of atomic clocks as in the Hafele and Keating time dilation test?

Atomic clocks were used in Hafele and Keatings experiment which supposedly helped to prove time dilation. Time Dilation Proof - Hafele and Keating How can we be sure other forces didn't act upon the ...
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Advanced Heaviside-Feynman formula implies electromagnetic inertia?

The Heaviside-Feynman formula (see Feynman Lectures vol I Ch.28, vol II Ch. 21) gives the electric and magnetic fields measured at an observation point $P$ due to an arbitrarily moving charge $q$ $$ ...
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How to find a curvature of the space-time by having $g^{\alpha \beta}$ in the following case without cumbersome calculations?

The metric tensor for Fock-Lorentz space-time, $$ \mathbf r_{||}{'} = \frac{\gamma (u)(\mathbf r_{||} - \mathbf u t)}{\lambda \gamma (u) (\mathbf u \cdot \mathbf r) + \lambda c^{2} (1 - \gamma (u))t + ...
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Gravitational distortion of an object's diameter, at a distance,

Does the curvature of space-time cause objects to look smaller than they really are? What is the relationship between the optical distortion and the mass of the objects?
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Does gravity slow the speed that light travels?

Does gravity slow the speed that light travels? Can we actual measure the time it takes light from the sun to reach us? Is that light delayed as it climbs out of the sun's gravity well?
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Difference between proper and comoving frames

I'm reading this book "Introduction to Quantum Fields in Classical Backgrounds" by Mukhanov & Winitzki, and there in the chapter 8 "The Unruh Effect" they introduce 3 reference frames. Laboratory ...
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Have general relativistic effects of the sun's rotation been measured?

I was wondering if general relativistic effects of the sun's rotation have also been measured, like gravity probes A and B measured GR effects from the earth.
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Cosmological constant

I have always wondered about how cosmological constant is characterized. So since it is still a hypothesis you often read the “cosmological constant measured to be ….”. Shouldn't the statement read ...
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Pound-Rebka-Snider experiment in the inertial frame

In Schutz's book (page 120), Schutz first derives the gravitational redshift in the PRS experiment in a previous paragraph. $\frac{\nu^{\prime}}{\nu}=\frac{m}{m+mgh+O(v^4)}=1-gh+O(v^4)$. Here ...
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Is weak lensing the statistical effect of microlensing?

I am looking into the effects of gravitational lensing of gravitational waves. I know that gravitons travel along null geodesics, just as photons, and so they will suffer the same deflection angle by ...
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What does it mean that a wavevector is null?

I have derived geometric optics for gravitational waves and I am trying to interpret one of the results. I have \begin{equation} k_{\rho}k^{\rho}=0 \end{equation} for the wavevector. For the case ...
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Change of coordinates from an arbitrary frame to a locally inertial frame in General Relativity

If I have the following metric: $$ds^2=(1-2\phi)c^2 dt^2 - (1-2 \phi)(dx^2+dy^2+dz^2)$$ $\phi$ being the gravitational potential with $|\phi| << 1$ everywhere. How do I find a coordinate ...
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Can you enter a timelike hypersurface?

As I understand it, a timelike hypersurface is one that has only spacelike normal vectors. But does this not imply that a the geodesic of a particle crossing it must be spacelike at that point? But ...
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Diving into a charged (Reissner-Nordstrom) Black hole

Apparently there are two event horizons in this type of black hole, where the second one is known as the Cauchy horizon. According to Carroll, if you go into the first one, you will fall until you ...
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Motion of mercury [duplicate]

I studied that mercury motion around the sun slightly displace by a certain value in each year. But, this is not predicted by kepler until general theory of relativity. What does general theory does ...
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How does one write the Einstein field equations in terms of Ricci tensor?

How can I go from the 'standard' Einstein equations $R_{\mu\nu} - \frac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R = \frac{8\pi G}{c^4}T_{\mu\nu}$ to these equations: $R_{\mu\nu} = \frac{8\pi G}{c^4}(T_{\mu\nu} - ...