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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Is special relativity a special case of general relativity, qualitatively?

Since Einstein name his theory Special Relativity and General Relativity, there should be some expected relationship between them, particularly "Special Relativity" being a special case of the more ...
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Riemann curvature tensor notation in Wald

This question is entirely on tensorial notation in Wald's General Relativity. When specifying the properties of the Riemann tensor on pg39, he states: $R_{[abc]}^{\quad \ \ \ d} = 0$ and For the ...
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Graviton polarization in higher dimensions

It's not difficult to see that the graviton in $D$ spacetime dimensions has $(D-3)D/2$ polarizations. In $D=4$ there are two $\epsilon^{\pm}_{\mu\nu}$. What I find curious is that in $D=4$ I can ...
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Is the spacetime generated by isolated system always asymptotically flat?

I read a saying in wiki of asymptotically flat spacetime http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asymptotically_flat_spacetime "In general relativity, an asymptotically flat vacuum solution models the exterior ...
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Does there exist a mathematically rigorous formulation of curved Hilbert Space?

The Hamiltonian is traditionally defined as \begin{align} H_{\text{flat}} = U^{\dagger}DU \end{align} where $D$ is a diagonal matrix with real eigenvalues and $U^{\dagger}U=I$ are the unitary ...
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How does the kinetic energy of quarks contribute to the mass of macroscopic objects?

As we know, most of the mass of ordinary matter comes from the kinetic energy of quarks. This means kinetic energy of quarks contributes to the mass of any object. However take a look at this ...
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Thought experiment: Tethered galaxies - to the extreme

If two rocks were tied together with a tight, absurdly long, non-elastic rope, and placed on planets at either end of Earth's observable universe - or beyond - What would happen? Is the structural ...
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Does a moving star have a larger gravitational pull? [duplicate]

A moving star's relativistic mass is larger than its rest mass. Is its gravitational pull larger? What about its inertial mass? Does it have larger inertial mass, keeping in mind that inertial mass ...
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Does general relativity have an effect of the frequency of light? [closed]

if a lightbeam is fired from space to earth is it blueshifted? I heard this happens with special relativity but not sure if it happens with genreal relativity
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Why does time slow down the closer you are to a mass?

When ever i look this up all I get is sites saying how its because general relativity says "-" why does it do it though? it is because there is more motion near gravity than further away? Or is it ...
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Textbook on classical E&M in curved spacetime

Can anyone recommend a good reference for classical electrodynamics that goes over electrodynamics in curved spacetime that doesn't assume much knowledge of GR -- that is it builds up the tensor ...
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A Conceptual Problem With the Field Equations of General Relativity

I have two questions: Suppose that we have an amount of energy in the form of a perfect fluid in the right hand side of Einstein field equations (energy momentum tensor), this will lead to a ...
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Problem books like I.E. Irodov for advanced physics [duplicate]

I really enjoyed doing problems from Irodov while learning introductory physics. But I am not able to find a book like that for Graduate level physics. Can you suggest me a book which has good (and ...
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Gravity in spacetime

Can the effect of gravity in spacetime be thought of as if nearby particles have a tendency to "align" their four velocity direction? I.e. "to point in the same direction".
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Invariant interval and gravity

Gravity is inversely proportional to the distance between objects. Do we use Euclidean distance or the invariant interval for that distance? Using the invariant interval makes everything a bit more ...
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Einstein and the existence of Black Holes

I have seen some papers claiming that Einstein said there is no Black Hole in the real world, here is a phrase from Einstein himself, see this arXiv preprint: The basic result of study is the ...
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Speed of light in general relativity

My question has a few parts concerning the speed of light in general relativity. Firstly, time changes in response to gravity and speed. Therefore, as gravity effects time in an area of space, should ...
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Geodesic curvature and Weyl transformations

The geodesic curvature is given by $$k=\pm t^a n_b\nabla_a t^b,$$ where $t^a$ is a unit vector tangent to the boundary of the string worldsheet and $n_a$ is an outward vector orthogonal to $t^a$. I ...
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Quantum Scales and the Flatness of Space-time

I know that on the smallest scales, general relativity predicts that space-time is flat. But I've also read that space-time can be described as a sort of "quantum foam" for distances smaller than the ...
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Was the firewall paradox resolved?

For quite sometime there has been a claim that the firewall paradox has been resolved (via lasers). For instance, http://global.ofweek.com/news/Lasers-to-solve-the-black-hole-information-paradox-9867 ...
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Why doesn't gravity bend everything equally?

If gravity is the curvature of spacetime it should bend everything equally. To clarify my point I would like you to imagine two scenarios. Think of a bird flying in the storm while the wind is blowing ...
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General relativity: gauge fixing

In his lectures professor Hamber said that the metric tensor is not unique, just like the 4 vector potential is not unique for a unique field in electrodynamics. Since the metric tensor is symmetric, ...
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If a photon has no mass, how can it be attracted by the Sun?

I read that the photon doesn't have mass, but my teacher says that the photon has mass because the sun can attract it (like in the experiments to prove the theory of relativity). I think that there ...
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What causes the unexpected change in acceleration for flybys of spacecraft?

If the vehicle is not operating on RTG, then thermal recoils of photons shouldn't be considered as in the case of PIONEER. Then what actually accelerate the spacecraft from expected value (expected by ...
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Do gravitational waves travel on geodesics in GR? If yes, why?

I think, the answer is probably yes, but it can be answered by somebody who knows GR much better than I do. In case of a positive answer, can we say that gravitational radiation will be bent around ...
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Which of these two textbook equations of geodesic deviation is correct?

My previous question Geodesic deviation on a 2-sphere - is this the right track? got shot down as “off topic”, so I'm having a second stab at it. Misner et al's Gravitation (p34) gives the geodesic ...
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Textbook disagreement on geodesic deviation on a 2-sphere

Apologies if I have this completely wrong (and for the general long-windedness). I've searched online but can't find anything helpful/relevant. I'm trying to use the geodesic equation ...
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Junction conditions in GR including electromagnetism

I have recently learned about the Israel junction conditions in GR (as explained in for example Gravitation by MTW). I then tried to generalize it when including Electromagnetism, i.e. matching two ...
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What is the metric of Vaidya black-hole horizon?

The metric of a Vaidya black hole in outgoing/retarted null coordinates are $$ds^2=-\left(1-\frac{2m(u)}{r^2}\right)du^2-2dudr+r^2\Big(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta d\phi^2 \Big)$$ The eveolving horizon ...
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Why do the space time get curved around a massive object?What problems do we face if we do not consider the space time to be curved? [closed]

As far as I have the knowledge of GTR that a mass bends the space time around it.But why does this bend occur?The example from real life that when a mass is placed on a net then the net bends but it ...
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Angular momentum, what is it, is it conserved, and how do we know?

Firstly, most definitions of angular momentum assume a point about which you define angular momentum. I realize that you can consider the angular momentum about any point, and have many angular ...
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If $S$ is a closed achronal set in a spacetime, any timelike curve starting at a point in $I^+[S]$ and ending at a point in $I^-[S]$ interset $S$?

Suppose $S$ is an achronal set in a spacetime $M$. And $S$ is closed. At the same time, any null geodesic of $M$ intersects $S$. Then, why does any timelike curve from $I^+[S]$ to $I^-[S]$ intersect ...
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Is there a general stress-energy tensor for vector fields?

I've been reading about scalar fields in the context of general relativity, and I found this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stress-energy_tensor#Scalar_field. It says that the stress-energy ...
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Christoffel symbol

For two nearby points in General Theory of Relativity. The change in the vector components when parallel transported is given by Now, since the parallel transport change must depend on the path ...
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Parallel Transport and covariant derivative

I have been trying to understand the notion of parallel transport and covariant derivative. I am unable to see why the change in a vector when it is parallel transported from one point to another ...
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Why does the second Weyl scalar describe electromagnetic radiation?

I've been reading about the null tetrad, the Weyl tensor, and the Newman-Penrose identities, and so I found out about the Weyl scalars. While the zeroth, first, third, and fourth scalars describe ...
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geodesic conjugate points

I was reading "Nature of space and time" by Penrose and Hawking, pg.13, If $\rho=\rho_0$ at $\nu=\nu_0$, then the RNP equation $\frac{d\rho}{d\nu} = \rho^2 + \sigma^{ij}\sigma_{ij} + ...
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Calculation of Einstein Equation

I have a 3d system with Lagrangian $$e_3^{-1} L_3 = -\frac{1}{2} R_3 + \delta_{ab} \partial_\rho q^a \partial^\rho q^b + \frac{1}{2H} V(q)$$ From this I want to calculate the Einstein equation by ...
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Tricks for Computing Riemann Curvature Tensor with Levi-Civita connection

I am new to differential geometry, so far it seems to me that computing the Riemann tensor tends to be a rather tedious task, I wanted to know whether there are some tricks that I am missing. In ...
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Is it time or duration? [closed]

Taking this post: "Is there a proof of existence of time?", as a starting point. Therein was mentioned that there is confusion between: "time" and "flow of time". There was a comment (of mine) that ...
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How does the gravity well change as space expands? [duplicate]

How does the gravity well change as space expands? If we assume that the Earth's gravitational field curves flat space to create a gravity well then how does the gravity well change as space expands ...
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How can one explain gravitational time dilation in non-rotating bodies? [closed]

A clock on the surface of the Earth (assuming it does not rotate) will accumulate around 0.0219 seconds less than a distant observer over a period of one year (assuming the observer is using ...
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How exactly and WHY does matter affect space-time? [closed]

According to general relativity, inertial mass and gravitational mass are the same, and all accelerated reference frames (such as a uniformly rotating reference frame with its proper time dilation) ...
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Is “now” or “the present moment” properly defined in GR?

My question is about the extent to which "now" is defined in GR. In Minkowski spacetime, it's possible to define a "now" for an inertial observer by finding a spacelike 3-plane such that, in the ...
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The FRW universe is NOT asymptotically flat? Its mass?

The Friedman-Robertson-Walker (FRW) metric in the comoving coordinates $(t,r,\theta,\varphi)$ which describes a homogeneous and isotropic universe is $$ ds^2\,= -dt^2+\frac{a(t)^2}{1-kr^2}\,dr^2 + ...
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Does or should the metric expansion of space imply a locally observable increase in kinetic energy?

The title is the question. Here's why it seems like local kinetic energy should increase: Numerous questions and answers here and elsewhere suggest that the reason the metric expansion of space is ...
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Definition of derivative operator on a manifold

I'm hoping to understand the motivation for certain parts of the definition of a derivative operator $\nabla$ on a manifold $M$. In Wald's General Relativity, two clauses of the definition are: ...
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Wick Rotation in Curved space

So over time I have learned to do exhaustive searches before asking things here. Wick rotations are cool if you are trying to work in qft and make statements about the thermodynamics of some physical ...
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What makes General Relativity conformal variant?

I have a question regarding the well known fact that General Relativity is not a conformal invariant theory or to put it in other words about the fact that it is conformal variant: What are the ...
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Gravity of Light [duplicate]

I'm reading Quantum field theory in a Nutshell and I find a very interesting calculation that leads to the gravitational interaction between 2 light beam. Is this kind of interaction permitted in ...