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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Einstein action and the second derivatives

I have naive question about Einstein action for field-free case: $$ S = -\frac{1}{16 \pi G}\int \sqrt{-g} d^{4}x g^{\mu \nu}R_{\mu \nu}. $$ It contains the second derivatives of metric. When we want ...
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How do we derive force/acceleration vectors from Einstein's field equations?

I'm new here and I don't have any formal experience in physics beyond A-level. I've been exploring an idea for a space sim game someone else is developing in which propulsion of a spacecraft is ...
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Relation between symmetries and Killing vectors by Weinberg

In his book, "Gravity and Cosmology", Weinberg talks about relations between homogeneous metric spaces and Klling vectors. First he says about infinitesimal isometrics $$ x^{\alpha}{'} = x^{\alpha} + ...
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Is light slower when traveling inside a gravity field?

This question is not about phase velocity changed which causes refraction, but about the real time itself being slower by the gravity of any object (from general relativity). If so, would this mean ...
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Proof that higher genus surface admits a metric of negative Ricci scalar everywhere

In the Green, Schwarz and Witten Superstring Theory textbook, the paragraph below equation 3.3.15 says, For genus greater than one, it can be shown that the surface admits a metric of everywhere ...
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6 independent Einstein field equations?

I can't understand the comment on page 409, Gravitation, by Misner, Thorne, Wheeler It follows that the ten components $G_{\alpha\beta} =8\pi T_{\alpha\beta}$ of the field equation must not ...
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Weak gravitational lensing multispectral, multibackground correlations

My understanding of weak gravitational lensing is that it assumes random alignment distribution of galaxies in order to estimate statistical shear and convergences, which are used to estimate matter ...
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Gravitational interactions by energy or by mass?

The mass-energy equivalence, first established by Einstein is an important and highly discussed phenomenon in physics. Without claiming much knowledge about high-end discussions on this topic, I would ...
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A complicated question about $E=mc^2$

I know this is a little outside the normal question and there may not be a direct answer, but it is an interesting thought experiment. Starting with a supermassive black hole, if you were able to ...
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How to obtain the field equations in Brans-Dicke theory from the action?

The action for the Brans-Dicke-Jordan theory of gravity is $$ \\S =\int d^4x\sqrt{-g} \; \left(\frac{\phi R - \omega\frac{\partial_a\phi\partial^a\phi}{\phi}}{16\pi} + \mathcal{L}_\mathrm{M}\right). ...
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Are high redshift masses corrected for relativistic mass dilation? They would appear more massive right?

A distant quasar would be less massive in its frame of reference than our observations would suggest. Are such highly red-shifted objects corrected for relativistic mass dilation?
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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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A simple derivation

During the study of a paper I see that its author defines $$\frac{dh^{ab}}{d\tau}:=h^{am}h^{bn}\frac{dh_{mn}}{d\tau}$$ and from this concludes that ...
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Differential equation for speed relate to the homogeneous cosmological background in FLRW metric

How to derive DE for the speed (which relate to the homogeneous cosmological background) of the observer which moves with constant proper acceleration in spatially flat FLRW universe?
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What are the current experimental restrictions of the possible speeds of gravitation?

Somewhere I read that the Hulse-taylor binary pulsar can not differentiate between competing theories assuming different speeds of gravity. Is it mathematically true in general, that the orbital decay ...
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Non-linear Dirac equation in Einstein Cartan theory

Can someone explain this Wikipedia article, specifically the section on Einstein-Cartan theory? I have no idea how the equation ...
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Dirac Lagrangian density in curved spacetime

I'm trying to derive this form of the Dirac Lagrangian density in curved space-time: $$ \mathcal{L}~=~\det\left(e\right)\bar{\Psi}\Bigg ...
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On the Geroch's argument

During the study of Geroch's argument to prove positive mass theorem, I faced a problem explained below: Suppose $(M,g_{\mu \nu})$ is a four dimensional Lorentzian Manifold and $\Sigma$ is a ...
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First integral of relativistic Euler-Lagrange equations

Connsider a pseudo-Riemannian ($4$-dimensional) manifold $M$ with a pseudometric $g_{ab}$. The Lagrangian of a free particle in $M$ (in analogy to the flat case) is $$\mathcal ...
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Lie derivative of Riemann tensor along killing vector ( = 0 )

I'm currently learning the mathematical framework for General Relativity, and I'm trying to prove that the Lie derivative of the Riemann curvature tensor is zero along a killing vector. With the ...
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Lower limit of the size of the Universe? (WMAP)

The measurement of the WMAP satellite resulted a planar geometry of the universe with a 0.4% uncertainity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_of_the_universe). If there is a little deviation from the ...
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What does it mean for a metric to be regular?

A problem in Carroll (a general relativity textbook) asks if a certain metric is regular. What does it mean for a metric to be regular?
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How is Space-Time curved?

How does space-time curved by mass/energy if there's nothing to be curved? I haven't seen any satisfying answer.
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Einstein equation and scalar field stress-energy tensor

Let's have interaction between gravitational and scalar real fields. For an action of gravitational field in vacuum I add term $S_{m} = \int d^{4}x\sqrt{-g}L_{m}$, where $$ L_{m} = \frac{1}{2}g^{\mu ...
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Combined speed of Earth in Space is 1.5 million mph - how much slower is time for Earthlings as a result?

Theres a problem for intergalactic astronauts which is finding their way back to Earth. Combining all the rotational speeds, we are spinning and orbiting the sun, in our solar system which is spinning ...
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How does one measure space-like geodesics? Or: What is the physical interpretation of space-like geodesics?

In general relativity, time-like geodesics are the trajectories of free-falling test particles, parametrized by proper time. Thus, they are easy to interpret in physical terms and are easy to measure ...
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How to show that every Killing vector field is a matter collineation?

Various texts make this claim, but no proof is given. Explicitly, let $L$ denote the Lie derivative. Suppose $L_X g_{ab} = 0$ for some vector field $X$, called a Killing vector field. Suppose that ...
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One more time about the connection of Weyl tensor and gravitational waves

There is differential identity with Weyl tensor and energy-momentum tensor: $$ D^{\lambda}C_{\lambda \alpha \sigma \beta} = 4 \pi G \left(D_{\sigma}T_{\alpha \beta} - D_{\beta}T_{\alpha \sigma} + ...
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Exterior (covariant) derivatives and electromagnetism

I'm porting Maxwell's equations to curved spacetime and am having trouble reconciling the tensor and forms treatments. I think the problem boils down to a misunderstanding on my part concerning the ...
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How to make a black hole?

Many Physics discussions I have often conclude with: Well you will then form a black hole... My questions are: Is there a general recipe for making a black hole? If not, then can you list the ...
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How to show that value is conserved along geodesics?

Let's have the motion of charged particle in a field of Reissner-type black hole. The equation of motion looks like $$ \frac{d^{2}x^{\mu}}{d \tau^{2}} + \Gamma^{\mu}_{\nu \lambda}\frac{dx^{\nu}}{d ...
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Is there a distinguished reference system, after all?

The equivalence principle, being the main postulate upon which the general relativity theory rests, basically states that all reference systems are equivalent, because pseudo forces can (locally) be ...
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Why must the final state be stationary?

I faced the following sentences: We consider a gravitational collapse taking place in this spacetime. The singularity theorems assure us that a singularity will form. The assumption that the ...
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How does the Einstein Equivalence Principle imply a spacetime with a metric (and a connection)?

I have at hand the book by Clifford Will, "Theory and Experiments in Gravitational Physics", and the following Living Reviews in Relativity article. He quotes the Einstein Equivalence Principle (EEP) ...
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If the absolute horizon were exclusionary of matter, what supernova behaviors would that predict?

Kip S Thorne's "Black Holes & Time Warps", 1994 paperback, p.415, Box 12.1: ... The absolute horizon is just a point when created, but it then expands smoothly, like a balloon being blown up, ...
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Is the flatness of space a measure of entropy?

This is a bit quirky: For a very long time I've found Stephen Hawking's evaporating small black holes a lot more reasonable and intuitive than large black holes. The main reason is that gravity is ...
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What is the total mass of the accelerated viewpoint particle atmosphere of a black hole?

Kip S Thorne's "Black Holes & Time Warps", 1994 paperback, p.443, just above Figure 12.5: Surprisingly, from the accelerated viewpoint, the vacuum fluctuations consist not of virtual particles ...
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If charged particles always attach to black hole event horizons, how can ordinary matter fall in?

(A friend at work kindly loaned me loaned me his copy of Kip S Thorne's "Black Holes & Time Warps". This may have been ill-advised... :) BH&TW 1994 paperback p.410 Figure 11.5: ... all ...
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On the singularity $r=0$ of the Schwarzschild metric

I faced following sentences: Unlike the co-ordinate singularity at $r = 2M$, the origin of the Schwarzschild metric $r = 0$ has a true curvature singularity. It was first believed that this ...
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What's the importance of conformal transformations in general relativity?

I tried to understand the importance of conformal transformations in general relativity, but I failed. I didn't see that conformal transformations help to simplify the metrics, and also I didn't see ...
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Effective mass of a black hole?

Suppose a black hole forms from a given mass of particles such as the core of a star going supernova. The black hole formed will have an effective mass due to the curvature of space time induced. Such ...
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Helical Particle Waves? [closed]

[Helical Particle Waves][1] Helical Particle Waves: http://www.heliwave.com/gaasenbeek/spap1.html In the link above someone explains a new theory that explains the general relativity and quantum ...
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What is the effect of gravity on gamma rays?

I read an article about a Gamma Ray burst linked to a black hole. How does high gravity fields affect gamma rays?
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Time dilation in a gravitational field and the equivalence principle

A clock near the surface of the earth will run slower than one on the top of the mountain. If the equivalence principal tells us that being at rest in a gravitational field is equivalent to being in ...
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What is the condition for accelerating charge to radiate?

I was always taught that any accelerating charge produces radiation, but I don't think this condition is sufficient condition. For instance, any free charge on Earth is accelerated due to Earth ...
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In the static spacetime, the extrinsic curvature of hypersurface $t=constant$ is zero

How can I prove that in the static spacetime, the extrinsic curvature of hypersurface $t=constant$ is zero? My efforts all are failed. Any hint would be greatly appreciated.
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Is Einstein-Hilbert action the unique action whose variation gives Einstein's field equations?

I know that scaling the action with a non-zero multiplicative constant, or adding a total divergence term to the Lagrangian density do not change the Euler-Lagrange equations, cf. e.g. this ...
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What does Mass bend? [closed]

Mass and Energy can warp space-time around them, but that doesn't answer what space-time is, what is space?
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Equivalence principle and acceleration vs a gravitational field

I picked this up on the net: Einstein came to realize the principle of equivalence, and it states that an accelerated system is completely physically equivalent to a system inside a gravitational ...
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A Competitor for General Relativity? [closed]

GR stands alone in its ability to pass both weak and strong field tests of gravity fields. From 1905 to 1915, there was renewed interest in a somehow modified scalar field theory. Here is the ...