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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What is the meaning of “background” in General Relativity?

I was reading a book on Topological defects of the very early universe as an example of the fundamental groups, and they say that "in an expanding homogeneous and isotropic universe, the background ...
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The problem of self-force on point charges

Allow me to preface this by stating that I am a high school student interested in physics and self-studying using a variety of resources, both on- and off-line, primarily GSU's HyperPhysics website, ...
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What's the relationship between quantum entanglement and the relativity of time?

Apologies in advance for what may be a stupid question from a layman. In reading recently about quantum entanglement, I understood there to be a direct link between entangled particles, even at ...
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How does time dilate in a gravitational field having a relative velocity of v with the field?

Consider a Mass on earth. The time dilation on the surface of Earth is $$T' = T \sqrt{1 - \frac{2GM}{rc^2}}$$ Now if the mass is moving around the earth at velocity of v w.r.t Earth, what will be ...
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Can Flow of time become still?

According to theory of time dilation, flow of time slows down significantly at the speed of light.Is there any conditions practically or theoretically when flow of time is reduced to zero means it ...
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Normal to the Hypersurfaces

I am trying to understand the derivation of the Hilbert-Einstein action. However it requires a knowledge about hyper-surfaces for the boundaries of the integrals and also about the normal to the ...
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How Would an Alcubierre Drive “ride” a Wave of Spacetime?

The colloquial explanation is that the spacetime in front of a ship contracts and the spacetime behind expands. I see how one could think that this would bring you closer, but I don't see that it ...
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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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Is time going backwards beyond the event horizon of a black hole?

For an outside observer the time seems to stop at the event horizon. My intuition suggests, that if it stops there, then it must go backwards inside. Is this the case? This question is a followup ...
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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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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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Klein Gordon eq. expressed with Killing fields

I have a question on the reformulation of the Klein Gordon equation in terms of Killing fields. Suppose we have a static spacetime with timelike Killingfield $\xi^{\mu}$ (e.g. Schwarzschild). Then ...
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What's wrong with Schwarzschild equations?

I don't know much about black holes physics and so I find the Schwarzschild equations with a few contradictions. In particular I am trying to understand this little puzzle. The Schwarzschild ...
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Do photons and cosmic rays radiate energy through gravitational waves? If not, why not?

Due to the mass-energy equivalence, both matter and EM radiation bend spacetime, and both are capable of forming singularities (black hole, white hole/kugelblitz). In light of this, why do photons ...
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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 do we learn from gravity in three spacetime dimensions?

The last decades there has been a lot of research going on in the the area of three dimensional gravity. The motivation, I understand, is threefold: Whereas gravity is not perturbatively ...
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Does space curvature automatically imply extra dimensions?

Total newbie with basically no physics knowledge here :) I would welcome any correction to the steps of my reasoning that lead to my question, which could easily turn out to be invalid :) My current ...
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Would a collapsing Universe have the density of water?

I understand that the typical density of the super massive black hole is close that of the water. It is also my understanding that this density is not true matter density because the volume used to ...
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Do early-time black-hole infallers ruin effective field theory at the horizon for late-time observers?

I have an elementary confusion about black hole physics. The standard consensus is that if I fall into a black hole, at the horizon I don't see any violations of effective field theory for a large ...
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Sign of $dr$ in Schwarzschild geodesics

There is an equation that relates energy $E$, angular momentum $L$ and other constants and variables to find $\left(\frac{dr}{d\tau}\right)^2$ in a plane. ...
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Wald General Relativity, Chap 7.1

On page 166 of Wald's General Relativity book, he claims that the equation (7.1.20), $$ 0 = R^t{}_t + R^\phi{}_\phi = (\nabla_a t) R^a{}_b \xi^b + (\nabla_a \phi) R^a{}_b \psi^b, $$ yields (7.1.21), ...
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Taking a derivative involving Einstein summation

Suppose I have something like $ f = g_{\mu \nu} x^{\mu} x^{\nu} $, where the Einstein summation convention is implied. Now suppose I want to to take the derivative $ \partial_{\mu}f = \frac{\partial ...
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How energy curves spacetime?

We know through General Relativity (GR) that matter curves spacetime (ST) like a "ball curves a trampoline" but then how energy curves spacetime? Is it just like matter curvature of ST?
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Why does dark energy produce positive space-time curvature?

My understanding is that dark energy, or equivalently a positive cosmological constant, is accelerating the expansion of the universe and I have read that this gives empty space-time positive ...
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Has the Reissner-Nordstrom metric ever been experimentally verified?

In contrast to the solution of the conventional Reissner-Nordstrom problem, where the Schwarzschild metric takes on an additional $1/r^2$ term due to the added electric charge, P. Mannheim has in ...
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Moment of Inertia in SR/GR & Calculating it in General

In classical mechanics you want to calculate the moment of inertia for hollow & solid: lines, triangles, squares/rectangles, polygons, planes, pyramids, cubes/parallelepiped's, circles, ellipses, ...
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failing to see the conundrum in the Einstein hole argument

I've been reading about the Einstein hole argument, and i fail to understand what makes active diffeomorphisms "special" compared to passive diffeomorphismsm also known as good old coordinate ...
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Timelike Shell Collapsing into a Black Hole

Does anyone know where I can find the solution for a spherically symmetric thin shell of timelike matter falling into a Schwarzschild black hole? The matter should be pressureless, so that each ...
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Definition of vacuum in field theory; Connection between the classical definition and the connection to QFT

I am a bit confused by what is defined to be a vacuum in field theory. Classically a vaccum state is defined to be the state where the field sits at some minima of the potential $\frac{\partial ...
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Twin paradox on a cosmic scale

I am referring to yet another version as the classical twin paradox. In my version the moving apart of the twins is entirely induced by space expansion between them and they move apart each other at ...
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Does a black hole singularity last essentially no intrinsic time? [duplicate]

Reading an interesting article on a recent ArXiv paper by Carlo Rovelli and Francesca Vidotto on so-called Planck stars, at https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/6cf7ec0ed28b I was struck by the ...
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Modelling a matter dominated universe collapsing into a black hole

With the FLRW equations we can get solutions for a matter dominated closed universe in which the finale is an ultimate collapse, but this is only in terms of $a$ (the scale factor) and $t$ (time) and ...
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Is it possible to escape from within event horizon?

I always think that it is not possible to escape from within event horizon. However, some one recently told me with deep conviction that it is possible with sustained energy output. I countered with ...
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What is actually universe? only matter or both matter and space? [duplicate]

I have googled for the "meaning of universe" where I found the following: "all existing matter and space considered as a whole; the cosmos. The universe is believed to be at least 10 billion light ...
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Curvature based derivation of Schwarzchild Metric

I'm a third year maths undergrad and I'm trying to find (and follow) a curvature based derivation of the Schwarzchild metric, if there exists such a proof?
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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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Ensuring globally hyperbolic geodesically-complete spacetimes

Let's say we have an incomplete spacetime A that is globally hyperbolic, does there necessary exist a globally hyperbolic completion? My guess is no, in which case what further restrictions can be ...
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Does gravity cause spacetime to bend? [closed]

Does gravity cause spacetime to bend even though space has no mass?
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Must every isometry have an associated Killing vector?

I understand that the flows of Killing vector fields are isometries, and that one-parameter groups of isometries have an associated Killing vector which generates them, but are your Killing vectors ...
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Warped AdS${}_3$ and symmetry breaking

In this article it is explained how on can (in suitable coordinate basis) get a so called warped AdS${}_3$ black hole, by introducing a warping factor. The original metric in 'Euler coordinates' for ...
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Hawking evaporation is due to NEGATIVE mass?

So I have seen an animation about Stephen Hawking (after his recent study state universes claim) that Hawking evaporation is due to negative mass; But how is this possible? I mean, there is no such ...
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Twin paradox with two intertial frames in general relativity

I assume the twin paradox from special relativity is well known. I wish to focus on the apparent symmetry of the problem: both observer seems to move away from each other, and then come back. Yet, the ...
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Why is general relativity considered to be a gauge theory? [duplicate]

I have studied the first five chapters of Carroll's book (up to the Schwarzschild solution). I see similarities to the Yang-Mill theories such as the covariant derivative to account for curvature in ...
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Quantization surface in QFT

What does the Quantization Surface mean here? Reference: H. Latal W. Schweiger (Eds.) - Methods of Quantization
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Temperature as frequency spectrum of stress-energy tensor?

I am currently learning general relativity, and in the textbooks that I am reading, temperature seems to be treated as a scalar field, extraneous to the geometry of spacetime. This is puzzling me, ...
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What is the physical meaning of the connection and the curvature tensor?

Regarding general relativity: What is the physical meaning of the Christoffel symbol ($\Gamma^i_{\ jk}$)? What are the (preferably physical) differences between the Riemann curvature tensor ($R^i_{\ ...
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Do two beams of light attract each other in general theory of relativity?

In general relativity, light is subject to gravitational pull. Does light generate gravitational pull, and do two beams of light attract each other?
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Time Dilation in Orbits in the Schwarzschild Metric

I am wondering if there exist closed form-expressions for the time dilation experienced by an observer in different orbits around a Schwarzschild black hole, outside the event horizon, relative to ...
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Is the new Hawking black hole all about photon launch angles?

The new Jan 2014 Hawking paper (arXiv:1401.5761v1) asserts on page 3: The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes - in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to ...
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Contracting Indices

Does anyone know how to get from (1) to (2) in the system $$ \begin{align} \mathrm{g}^{\mu\nu}_{,\rho}+ \mathrm{g}^{\sigma\nu}{{\Gamma}}^{\mu}_{\sigma\rho}+ ...