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 the “expansion of space”?

When we say that "the space between galaxies is expanding," what do we really mean? For instance, if I think of space as being a Cartesian grid, then when space expands should I think of it as adding ...
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Affine connection notation

Can ${g}^{\mu\sigma}{\Gamma}^{\rho}_{\sigma\nu}$ be written as ${\Gamma}^{\mu\rho}_{\nu}$? If so how come this symbol never appears in any GR book?
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Has anyone checked whether the speed of light varies according to gravitation

My physics is fairly basic, but I hope someone can answer without being too rude. A transparent medium such as water or glass refracts light and also reduces its speed, so I was wondering whether ...
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Calculating dragging frame of satellite orbiting Earth [duplicate]

Say there is a satellite polar-orbiting the Earth at 600km. How much would the satellite be dragged additionally due to dragging force? Such that $$ \Omega = \dfrac{r_s \alpha r c}{\rho^2(r^2 + ...
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Can we calculate the frame dragging force of the Earth?

Although clearly this force would be significantly greater with a rotating black hole, is it still possible to calculate this drag for say a satellite orbiting the Earth?
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Is the concept of tensor rank useful in physics?

The term 'tensor rank' is sporadically used in the mathematical literature to denote the minimum number of simple terms (i.e. tensor products of vectors) needed to express the tensor. This is ...
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Contracting Indices in General relativity [duplicate]

I was reading a book about general relativity and I came across these two equations $$ \begin{align} \mathrm{g}^{\mu\nu}_{,\rho}+ \mathrm{g}^{\sigma\nu}{\Gamma}^{\mu}_{\sigma\rho}+ ...
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Bracket Notation on Tensor Indices

I know about the () symmetrisation and [] anti-symmetrisation brackets on tensor indices so long as they appear on their own, such as : $$V_{[\alpha \beta ]}=\frac{1}{2}\left ( V_{\alpha \beta ...
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Why is the mass of a Kerr black hole proportional to it's angular momentum?

I'm a third year mathematics undergrad, and have just started the module General Relativity and spacetime geometry, I also have a keen interest in black holes. However I would like to know why and ...
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Does a moving object curve space-time as its velocity increases?

We always hear how gravity bends space-time; why shouldn't velocity? Consider a spaceship traveling through space at a reasonable fraction of the speed of light. If this spaceship, according 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}+ ...
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Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity in Macroscopic Level [duplicate]

Hi I read a book yesterday.The book was Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe. I learned that uncertainty principle affects space-time very microscopic levels and this affection makes conflict in ...
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Null lines and degenerate plane

Can anyone explain me what null lines are and degenerate plane? I don't know anything about it, I don't have physics background and I am a mathematics student and please tell me if there is any good ...
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Understanding spherically symmetric metric

In these lecture notes the static isotropic metric is treated as follows (p. 71): Take a spherically symmetric, bounded, static distribution of matter, then we will have a spherically symmetric ...
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Unable to resolve 2 equivalent geodesic equations

A free particle moves along geodesics, one form being \begin{split} \ddot x^\mu &= -\Gamma^{\mu}_{\sigma \rho} \dot x^\sigma \dot x^\rho \\ &= -\frac{1}{2}g^{\mu \nu}(\partial_\sigma g_{\rho ...
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equation of motion for the scalar field via variational principle in general relativity

I would like to find the equation of motion for the scalar field $\phi$ by varying the following action in General Relativity. Special Relativity: $$ S = -\tfrac{1}{2}\int d^4\xi\, \eta^{ab} ...
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Vanishing of Weyl Tensor Contraction

Within the context of Einstein space-times, we know that the contraction of the Weyl tensor across a set of indices always vanishes, like so : $$C{^{\alpha }}_{\mu \alpha \nu }=0$$ From a purely ...
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Gravitational field has no curl? What about gas discs around stars, black holes, etc.?

So everybody says the gravitational field has no curl, and is not comparable to a liquid swirling around a drain. Observationally, of course, there are many examples of vector fields (which I think ...
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Doubt on Kaluza-Klein theories by Bailin/Love

I've started reading a review written by D. Bailin and A. Love about Kaluza/Klein theories: Bailin, D., & Love, A. (1987). Kaluza-Klein theories. Rep. Progr. Phys., 50(9), 1087. ...
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About divergence of a vector field and geodesic sphere

I have a question. I want to know the difference between the sphere and the geodesic sphere. Another question: given a vector field, $Y$, on a manifold $M$ defined by: $Y(p)=p$ for every point $p \in ...
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Light cones and reference frames

I'd like to know what does it mean exactly to find a reference frame in which two events occur at the same time or in the same space coordinates. As I picture it if we have two events A and B in a (x, ...
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Geodesics equations via variational principle

I would like to recover the (timelike) geodesics equations via the variational principle of the following action: $$ \mathcal{S}[x] = -m \int d\tau = -m \int \sqrt{-g_{\mu\nu}\,dx^{\mu}\,dx^{\nu}} $$ ...
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Linear Metric Perturbation and Brans-Dicke Theory

Recently, I have been researching about modified gravity theories and one of the theories has been the theory of the graviton. If one starts with the metric tensor $g_{\mu\nu}$ and then performs the ...
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Does black hole formation contradict the Pauli exclusion principle?

A star's collapse can be halted by the degeneracy pressure of electrons or neutrons due to the Pauli exclusion principle. In extreme relativistic conditions, a star will continue to collapse ...
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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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Riemann normal chart and special relativity

When you pick Riemann normal coordinates at a point, then the Christoffel symbols vanish and the metric is flat, but the Riemann curvature tensor does not necessarily vanish. Since Einstein said that ...
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Non-coinciding event horizon and apparent horizon

Proposition: the event horizon and the apparent horizon of a black hole always coincide. As a reminder: the event horizon is defined as the boundary of the closure of the causal past of future ...
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Questions about MTW's _“thousand” tests of the Einstein principle_ (Box 16.4)

In Misner, Thorne, Wheeler (henceforth written as "MTW"), "Gravitation", Box 16.4, there's an experimental setup construction (or method) presented by which "Each geodesic clock is constructed and ...
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Thermal equilibrium in general relativity

The Newtonian condition for thermal equilibrium for a static system is $T = \mathrm{const}$. In this homework I'm asked to show that it's curved space generalization is $T(-g_{00})^{\frac{1}{2}} = ...
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Ricci scalar higher dimensions

I was wondering if there is a straightforward way to compute the Ricci curvature of a metric that has the form (à la Kaluza-Klein): $g_{MM}\equiv\begin{pmatrix}g_{\mu\nu}&g_{\mu ...
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Can a revolving body self-gravitate?

If a body is revolving around a point at radius R with tangential velocity V, does General Relativity predict that at some tangential speed, the body will revolve around the point without any external ...
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Are conformal, Killing and homothetic vector fields the same in pseudo-riemannian manifolds?

I work in the Lorentzian manifolds, more generally in pseudo Riemannian manifolds and applications to general relativity. I know the definitions of conformal, Killing and homothetic vector fields in ...
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concept of density in gravitational lensing

I may just be being very dense (no pun intended) but i'm reading up on gravitational lensing and it seems to require a notion of density (e.g. see here) I'm working on a question involving light ...
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Do we still need Newtonian G in General Relativity?

I believe we can use Newtonian Physics to make incredibly good predictions about the movement of celestial bodies as long as they are not too fast/massive and there are only two of them (well, we can ...
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Would time dilation be too great for the early universe to expand?

I read that one second after the big bang the universe was composed of photons electrons and neutrinos. Wouldn't the density of energy/matter have caused such extreme time dilation that the universe ...
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Homeomorphism between the space of all Ashtekar connections and spacetime?

Excerpt from an essay of mine: Let $\Psi(\varsigma)$ be the wavefunction in the loop representation, where $\varsigma:[0,1]\to\mathcal{M}$, where $\mathcal{M}$ is spacetime. Then, let ...
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Superspace as the Hilbert Space for Quantum Gravity

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be the Ashtekar connection. Since $^{(3)}g_{AB}=i\frac{\delta}{\delta\mathcal{A}^{AB}}$ (see R. Penrose, 2004: Road to Reality. Vintage Books, 1136 pp.), the Ashtekar connection, in ...
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Timelike Loop Spaces as Projective Null Twistor Spaces

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be a spacetime, and let $\Omega\mathcal{M}$ denote the loop space of the spacetime. My idea is that the set of all closed timelike curves of $\mathcal{M}$ forms the projective null ...
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One particle near two Schwarzschild black holes

I have a particle near two Schwarzschild black holes. Let the black holes remain at rest so that only the particle is moving for the observer. We are in a plane. I calculate the distance travelled by ...
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Why in some cases $0\alpha$ component of stress-energy tensor don't form 4-vector?

In electrodynamics there is Poynting vector and energy density, which refer to $0\alpha $ components of stress-energy tensor, don't create 4-vector. Analogous situation with mass density and mass ...
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How 4-vector nature of the value is connected with it's conservation law?

In electrodynamics Poynting vector and energy flux of field don't create 4-vector. Also they aren't conserved independently from substance (conservation law includes summand connected with current ...
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Variation of modified Einstein Hilbert Action

In general relativity one can derive the Einstein Field Equations by the principle of least action through variations with respect to the inverse of the metric tensor. In some modified theories of ...
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Compatibility conditions of spinors and Riemannian Metrics

I came across an interesting article by Montesinos (J. Geom. Phys. 2 (1985), no. 2, 145–153.). In it, he finds that spin structures (as lifts of $SO(4)$) are not compatible with all Riemannian metrics ...
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Can the Cosmological Constant explain an accelerated expansion?

From what I've learned so far, it appears that all models that attempt to explain the expansion of the universe are either based on Lambda-CDM or quintessence. The former support a big bang with ...
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Why can't we see things swallowed by black holes?

Apologies in advance, I'm a layman with only a school-level education in physics. If an object approaching the event horizon of a black hole has its light cone progressively bent towards the black ...
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Is it possible to express “free”-ness of a time-like world line without referring to “tangent space” (but only directly to causal relations )?

I don't know much about tangent spaces, or tangent vectors, "as such"; nor about affine parametrization (which seems to be closely related to the notion of tangent vectors, as far as I understand for ...
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Trapped Surfaces. Any good articles?

I'm currently writing a dissertation on trapped surfaces as minimal surfaces. I have exhausted all of the resources I have, and the internet is pretty limited (in that it is fairly repetitive on just ...
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Geodesics in a point mass universe

This question may reflect my (lack of) knowledge about general relativity, please ask for any clarifications or note any corrections in the comments and I'll try to address them. The Schwarzschild ...
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Problem with relativity of acceleration

In this answer http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/92833/36977 John said that acceleration is not relative in the general theory of relativity. But this is a problem: as we all know, accelerating ...
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What is the equation for the scale factor of the universe, a(t), for the best fit of data to the $\Lambda CDM$ Model of Cosmology?

Ideally I like a single formula or multiple formulas for different time ranges that would cover the time from the end of inflation through 100+ billion years after the big bang using the $\Lambda ...