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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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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How is strong time dilation consistent with weak tidal forces?

Nolan's latest film, Interstellar, takes pains to explain to lay audience members that the passage of time slows in the presence of strong gravitational fields (as per Einstein's theory of General ...
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The Pioneer anomaly finally explained?

Pioneer 10 & 11 are robotic space probes launched by the NASA in the early 1970's. After leaving our solar system, an unusual deceleration of both spacecrafts has been measured to be approximately ...
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Explanation for “if all accelerated systems are equivalent, then Euclidean geometry cannot hold in all of them”

I'm doing an EPQ (mini college research paper) on gravity, and I found a site that explained things in simple terms. I am having trouble understanding how Einstein came to his revelation space-time ...
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$L^{1}$ energy-momentum tensors in general relativity; semi-classical gravity

I was unsure whether to pose this question in a physics or mathematics forum, but it is an interesting idea I have been thinking about for some time. In any (semi-)classical field theory it is often ...
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Is topology of universe observable?

There is an idea that the geometry of physical space is not observable(i.e. it can't be fixed by mere observation). It was introduced by H. Poincare. In brief it says that we can formulate our ...
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Gravitational Redshift and Length Contraction

Gravitational redshift is based on the time-time component of the metric (e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshift). Why does length contraction not contribute to redshift?
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Massless Dirac equation is Weyl covariant

Does somebody know how to show that the following equation is Weyl invariant? $$\gamma^ae_a^\mu D_\mu \Psi=0$$ where: $D_\mu \Psi=\partial_\mu\Psi+A_\mu^{ab}\Sigma_{ab}\Psi$ is the spin-covariant ...
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What's the escape velocity of Naked Singularities?

Penrose's Cosmic Censorship Hypothesis doesn't hold for naked singularities which means that at least light can escape the singularity. But, if we calculate escape velocity with the given mass only, ...
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Movie Interstellar - Followup Question to Escape Velocity

Continuing the discussion on this thread: Movie Interstellar - Question about Escape Velocity The movie Interstellar shows people on a water planet where time is dilated so much that 1 hour is equal ...
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Twin paradox where the twins start at different locations

Suppose we have this scenario with twins A and B: 1) Instead of the twins starting at the same location, let's say the twins start out some distance apart, in the same reference frame. 2) The ...
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Why find the curl in this paper?

I was crossing over this interesting paper http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9404006 when I couldn't realize what happened in the Second Section p. 3: They introduced the metric: $$ds^2 ...
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Finding the metric [closed]

If given the metric: $$ds^2=e^{2U}(dt+w_idx^i)^2-e^{-2U} d\overrightarrow{x}^2$$ where $w = w_idx^i$ is one form How to find the metric in order to find the inverse metric? The new thing about this ...
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Questions after watching the movie Interstellar [closed]

Awesome movie, but as a physics student, some questions do crop up When they travel to the watery planet, they say that 1 hour on this planet is 7 yrs om earth. How is this possible? Is the planet ...
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Are Wormholes predicted by the theory of general relativity?

Just like it predicted gravitational time dilation, gravitational lensing. What does it mean to predict something, Does it mean that we'll find wormholes in nature one day?
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Movie Interstellar - Question about Escape Velocity

The movie Interstellar shows people on a water planet where time is dilated so much that 1 hour is equal to 7 years back on Earth. Even though they lift off from Earth using a Saturn-V two stage ...
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Most general second-rank symmetric tensor in Einstein theory

I am reading MTW page 407, Exercise 17.1. (a) Show that the most general second-rank, symmetric tensor constructable from Riemann and $g$, and linear in Riemann, is $$a R_{\alpha\beta} + b R ...
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Advantage and disadvantage of weak field approximation

Many textbooks related with GR, covers weak field approximation, (also called Linearized gravity). Since so far, i have been calculated many this with this $i.e$ $g_{\mu\nu}=\eta_{\mu\nu}+h_{\mu\nu}$ ...
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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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No-hair theorems for naked singularities?

For black holes, we have no-hair theorems that say, under certain assumptions about the matter fields, that they are uniquely characterized by just a few parameters. Are there any such theorem for ...
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Do all the spacelike curve terminate at the spatial infinity $i_0$ in the Penrose Diagram of a Schwarzchild black hole?

Let's restrict to the radial direction, so the metric can be expressed as $ds^2=-(1-r_S/r)dt^2+(1-r_S/r)^{-1}dr^2$ with $r_S$ the Schwarzchild radius. Expressed in Kruskal coordinates, the metric is ...
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Is the fifth dimension of Interstellar the same as Block Universe theory? [closed]

Is the movie Interstellar (2014) referring to Block Universe theory of space-time with its concept of a fifth dimension?
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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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Wormholes & Time Machines - for *experts* in GR/maths

EDIT: Further clarification in the context of answers/comments received to 20 Jan has been appended EDIT: 21 Jan - Response to the Lubos Expansion appended [in progress, not yet complete] EDIT: 23 ...
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Can light gravitationally affect itself?

Consider a electromagnetic wave in a vacuum. From my understanding of general relativity, The wave has momentum, and thus generates a gravitational field in all directions. The gravitational field ...
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Extracting something from Schwarzschild metric

In Papapertrou's lecture book on General Relativity he said in p 137 that from the metric $$ ds^2= e^\nu dt^2-e^\mu dr^2 -r^2(d\theta^2 +\sin^2\theta d\phi^2)$$ one deduces that $$\sqrt{-g} ...
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Can black holes form in a finite amount of time?

One thing I know about black holes is that an object gets closer to the event horizon, gravitation time dilation make it move more slower from an outside perspective, so that it looks like it take an ...
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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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What is the physical meaning of the Eddington - Finkelstein coordinates?

I want to see a some physical process (experimental) that could explain the many transformations of coordinates into this mathematical procedure. (really two transformations, but i think that is a ...
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Retarded Green function and the gravitational field of a point particle

I'm trying to understand a calculation by Aichelburg and Sexl of the gravitational field of a point particle. Linearizing the Einstein field equations in the usual way (that is, supposing a metric of ...
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Rotating black holes and naked singularity

In the book The science of interstellar by Kip thorne can be found the following: There is a maximum spin rate that any black hole can have. If it spins faster than that maximum, its horizon ...
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How to identify a “measuring rod”, and how to compare separated “measuring rods” with each other?

The notion of "measuring rod" has appeared in PSE here and there, and outside PSE as well. As far as I understand (and as perhaps all who refer to this notion do agree on), important constituents of ...
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Understanding emergent phenomena in the block universe. (Reworded question)

Each person exists as an unchanging 4D worldtube in the block universe. At each slice of the worldtube there is a present, past and future. However, there is a black box* which appears to exist in ...
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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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Robertson-Walker metric and stable orbits [closed]

The RW metric is defined using 4 spatial dimensions, but stable planetary orbits require 3 spatial dimensions. Does this indicate a problem with the assumption of the RW metric to describe the cosmos? ...
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Is it possible to build a tensor with the following properties? [closed]

I am searching for a tensor in 4-dimensional space-time with two indices that satisfy: \begin{eqnarray} M_{;\mu }^{\mu \nu } &=&0 \\ M^{\mu \nu } &=&-M^{\mu \nu } \nonumber \\ ...
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How can anything ever fall into a black hole as seen from an outside observer?

The event horizon of a black hole is where gravity is such that not even light can escape. This is also the point I understand that according to Einstein time dilation will be infinite for a ...
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How long is a second in zero gravity?

General relatively predicts that gravity creates time dilation and a relatively slower passage of time for the observer experiencing larger acceleration. For an observer experiencing zero ...
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Is this answer stating that an external observer can see a black hole mass grow, correct? [duplicate]

Is this answer from here stating that an external observer can see a black hole mass grow, correct? This question (is an external observer can ever see the mass of a black hole increase--motivated ...
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Is the gravitational acceleration at the event horizon constant?

If the escape velocity at the event horizon of a black hole is equal to the speed of light, does this imply that the gravitational acceleration at the event horizon is also constant? For example, ...
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black holes and white holes

i have a question and i just couldn't get another way to get its answer. My question is regarding black hole and the possibility of a white hole. we know that even light cannot escape a black hole ...
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Gravitational waves as information carriers

Is it possible to utilize gravitational waves as a delivery system for information between two observers straddling the event horizon of a black hole? And why ?
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Circumference of a circle in a co-rotating frame of reference

According to Einstein it should be greater than $2 \pi R$ for a co-rotating observer, i.e. $L' = \gamma L$ where $L = 2 \pi R$ in a non-rotating frame and $\gamma$ is the usual Lorentz factor, which ...
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If NASA could send a camera into a black hole, could we then see what's inside the black hole?

Inspired by Stephen Hawking I recently tripped upon an idea of what is really inside a black hole. I thought if NASA (or any other space agency) could send a super protected camera into a black hole, ...
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Geodesic equation from Euler - Lagrange

There are several ways to derive the geodesic equation. One of which is the variational method which I seemed to understand it because it was written in great details. Then it was mentioned that the ...
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What is the shape of a black hole?

I was thinking; what shape does a black hole have?. By 'Shape', I mean its form (e.g, circle , cylinder, sphere, torus, etc..). We usually think of black holes as if they're plugholes (e.g, a flat ...
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Potential energy conservation in traversable wormholes

Let's say I have a tube, of large radius (about 5 - 7 meters in diameter), with traversable wormholes at the ends. The wormholes are arranged as such that if something falls inside one hole from ...
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How is the Ricci scalar $R=0$ here?

Given the metric in the form: $$ds^2 =-A(r)dt^2 +B(r) dr^2 dr^2 +r^2(d\theta ^2 +\sin^2\theta d\phi^2)$$ Papapetrou in his book said that $R=0$ But when I performed it I didn't get zero. For ...
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Is black hole singularity a single point?

General relativity expressed in terms of differential geometry. And it lets you to do interesting things with the coordinates: multiple coordinates may refer to a single point, eg. the equirectangular ...
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In layman's terms, why would frame dragging affect precession of nearby object?

My question is really about the gravitomagnetic frame-dragging and the Lense Thirring effect. My question is not whether the frame dragging effect exists but rather it's manifestation in affecting ...