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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Gauge invariance in gravitational field

I have read that the linearized equation for the metric fluctuations $h_{\mu\nu}$, namely: $$ \partial^2h^{\mu\nu}-\partial_{\alpha}(\partial^{\mu}h^{\nu\alpha}+\partial^{\nu}h^{\mu\alpha}) +\partial^...
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Einstein-Infeld-Hoffman-Lagrangian for a Test-Particle as Limit of Schwarzschild-Geodesic

Consider a test particle of mass $m$ which is in orbit around a spherical-symmetric body with mass $M$. It therefore has a position as described by the coordinates $r,\phi$, and its motion can be ...
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Using geodesic deviation for freely falling particles when gravitational waves comes through

Suppose we have a gravitational wave which gives us the following metric $$ds^2=-dt^2+(1+h_+\cos(\omega(t-z)))dx^2+(1-h_+\cos(\omega(t-z)))dy^2+dz^2$$ I want to calculate the time it takes for a ...
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Complex tetrad vs. Real metric

I asked this question almost a month ago on mathoverflow (http://mathoverflow.net/q/228138/) but received no response. I thought I could have better luck here: I have a question on the relationship ...
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Are there any conditions under which the Christoffel symbols can be treated as a damping term in a harmonic oscillator?

(Mathjax did not seem to be working as I composed this question. Hopefully it will kick into action once I post.) Note I am a novice at tensor notation. I am working with the following Lagrangian (...
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On the nature of forces in general relativity

*** EDIT: I understand that it's not wise to fixate on Schroedinger words, however their meaning still remains obscure to me. Besides this my question on the possibility to abandon the concept of ...
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Einstein's relativity of simultaneity train/embankment thought experiment

Einstein's thought experiment I'm referring to is this one: http://www.bartleby.com/173/9.html briefly: train/embankment experiment is where lightning strikes at either ends of the running train (...
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Can nonconserved energy in GR be thought of as going into gravitational field energy?

One of the most striking features of GR is that energy is not conserved. Carroll's GR text has an interesting statement about this: Clearly, in an expanding universe... the background is changing ...
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Can a micro black hole hover above a regular black hole?

So let's say you have a black hole $A$, that is small enough for its gravity to be very small, but has strong hawking radiation, and larger black hole, $B$, with very small hawking radiation, but ...
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Physical and non-physical solutions to Einstein's field equations

Einstein predicted gravitational waves in 1916 as a solution to his field equations. Apart from doing experiments, is it possible to tell which solutions exist in the real world and which don't? Are ...
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Do gravitational waves produce real accelerations?

Do gravitational waves produce real accelerations? For example, if I have an electron and a gravitational wave passes by, will the electron emit electromagnetic waves according for instance to Larmor ...
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How much light is necessary to form a black hole

I suppose that enough light in a small enough volume could create a black hole. What is the good quantity that can tell when light can or cannot make a black hole? Energy density? But there must be ...
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Are objects like $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \nu} b^{\mu \nu}$ consistent with Einstein summation?

I'm familiar with Einstein' summation notation and I understand objects like $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \nu}$ just fine. But I'm wondering why I've never come across objects like this: $a^{\mu \nu} a_{\mu \...
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What is conformal symmetry physically?

I'm reading a paper by t'Hooft http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.6675. There is an argument in the paper that I could not understand: "Now that system, described by Maxwell’s equations, does have conformal ...
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Worldlines in Schwarzschild geometry

I have an observer and a photon on a hypersurface $ \theta=\pi/2$ . My observer has $e, l$ constants of motion (energy and angular momentum divided by mass) and photon has $e',l'$. What conditions ...
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Radiation collapse to black hole

I want to find the temperature at which radiation in AdS will collapse to form a black hole. I have even found a reference that gives the answer but I cannot understand it: http://srv2.fis.puc.cl/~...
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If black hole is equivalent to a planet of same mass for a distant observer, then why does 'excess radius formula' require uniform mass density?

I understand that the spacetime curvature of a non-rotating, uncharged black hole is identical to that of a planet with same mass/energy for an observer at a distance farther than the radius of the ...
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Is metric $g$ a representation of Lorentz group? What decides it's transformation properties?

I am confused what representation of Lorentz group does a metric transform under? How does it's transformation properties are decided?
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What is the physical meaning of the Killing vectors associated to this metric?

I was trying to solve a problem in GR with the following metric: $$ds^2 = -du dv + dx^2 + dy^2 + F(u,x,y) du^2 $$ The coefficients of the metric don't depend on $v$, so $\partial_v$ defines a ...
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If gravity is due to curvature, how does gravity work in situations with no curvature?

The strength of the gravitational field falls off as the inverse square of the distance from a spherical source. It only falls off as the inverse of the distance from an extended cylindrical or line ...
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Is there inflationary solution in $R^2$ theory in Jordan frame?

In the Starobinsky $R^2$ inflation model, one usually uses a conformal transformation from Jordan frame to Einstein frame in which the action can be written just like Einstein action + scalar field ...
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Comoving and physical momentum in a Friedmann universe

It is most probably a very basic question, but I'm a bit stuck with it. Let us consider a spatially flat Friedmann universe with the usual metric $$ds^2=dt^2-a^2(t)\left(dr^2+r^2d\vartheta^2+r^2\sin^...
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Is it possible to define a symmetry group for the Einstein metric?

I was just wondering if there exists a group of transformations that act on the metric such that the EFE are invariant. At first I thought it would be the group of 2nd roots of unity. That is, the set ...
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The spatial Schwarzschild metric

The Schwarzschild spacetime is defined by the following line element \begin{equation*} ds^2 = - \left( 1 - \frac{2m}{r} \right)dt^2 + \frac{1}{1-\frac{2m}{r}}dr^2 + r^2 d\theta^2 + r^2\sin \theta^2 d\...
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Proper time and asymptotic flatness

I'm trying to understand the concept of asymptotic flatness in general relativity, and came up with the following question: If the proper time $\tau$ is infinite for a timelike geodesic, does it mean ...
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Variation of Bazanski Lagrangian

The Bazanski Lagrangian is defined as $$ L=g_{\alpha \beta }U^{\alpha }\frac{D\psi ^{\beta }}{Ds} $$ and $$ U^{\alpha }=\frac{\mathrm{d} x^{\alpha }}{\mathrm{d} s} $$ $x^{\alpha }$ is the ...
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Definition of vacuum and occupation number in expanding Universe

Suppose for simplicity we have theory of free quantum scalar field in expanding Universe (metric plays the role of background field) $g_{\mu \nu} = \text{diag}(1, -a^2,-a^2,-a^2)$, where $a(t) \sim \...
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What would happen, gravitationally, to ships passing by each other at high speeds vs high accelerations?

Consider this scenario: Two identical space ships, the SS Observer and the SS Accelerator. In scenario A, the SS Accelerator is accelerated up to near C, stops accelerating, then flies past the SS ...
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Non-time orientable quotient of de Sitter space

Examples of non-time orientable spacetimes are pretty scarce, but it seems the big one is quotients of de Sitter space of the form $dS^n/\pi_1$, where $\pi_1$ is some subgroup of the isometries of de ...
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Which property do the word Pressure refer to in General Theory of Relativity?

In this course by MIT Alan Guth while delivering the lecture stated " Both Pressure and Energy densities can produce gravitational fields. Negative pressure creates repulsive gravity and positive ...
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How does the expanding of null hypersurface orthogonal geodesic congruence imply a particular result?

Sorry that I do not know how to summarize my problem in the title. First, please go to the website here (free access, even though it looks otherwise) to download the paper done by R. Sashs on ...
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Constructing Killing tensors from Killing vectors

Background: After reading about Carter constant and symmetries in GR, I became interested in Killing tensors. I tried reading this paper by Alan Barnes, Brian Edgar and Raffaele Rani, discussing ...
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Why don´t we just do a Legendre transform for a GR hamiltonian?

In general, if one has a well defined lagrangian for a field theory, which depends on a field, say $A_{\mu}$ and on its first spatial and temporal derivatives, we can simply define the canonical ...
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Higher dimensional trapped surface and its condition?

In higher D-dimensional spacetime, a marginally trapped surface is a closed spacelike (D-2)-surface whose outer null normals have zero convergence. It is very like a marginally trapped surface in the ...
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Minkowski metric and Null tetrad metric

I'm starting with the Newman-Penrose formalism and have a very basic question that I'm very confused about. The standard Minkoswki metric is $\eta_{ab}=\mathrm{diag}(-1,1,1,1)$. Is then the null ...
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Bulk action - Can a brane velocity be defined?

a) If a brane action in a bulk is defined, in that case, that a brane is modelwise moving through a bulk, how is this ratio defined? Is this a regular "velocity" in that meaning, that space is being ...
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Is there a well defined way to shift Cauchy surfaces back and forth?

Let $S$ be a Cauchy surface on a four-dimensional connected Lorentzian manifold. Define $\Gamma(S)=\{\gamma:\mathbb{R}\to M\mid \gamma(0)\in S, \gamma$ is a unit speed geodesic passing orthogonally ...
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How to invert this metric?

Reading this article i find a result that i am not sure how to obtain (page 3 eq 3). It is about the inversion of a metric of the type $$ g_{\mu\nu}=Al_{\mu\nu}+BH_{\mu\nu}. $$ In order to invert ...
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Chronology protection for non-geodesic CTCs and imprisoned curves

As far as I can make out, the quantum part of the Chronology Protection Conjecture hinges on the fact that in curved space, in the semiclassical approximation, the stress energy tensor contains a term ...
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Gravitational lensing on galaxy cluster with given potential

I am having a problem with gravitational lensing question where we are interested in deflection angle of light traveling in potential of galactic cluster, described with tensor $h_{00}=\frac{a}{\sqrt{...
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Equation of state of a universe full electrons

If I have a universe full of nothing but (slow moving) electrons, what would the equation of state ($w$, from $p=w\rho$) be? I think it would be incorrect to say that the electrons should be treated ...
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Any textbook about non-renormalizability of gravity?

I have learned general relativity in a graduate-level. My knowledge about QFT is very rudimentary. But, I need to learn about non-renormalizability of gravity. I have these questions. Is there any ...
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Variation of quadratic term in modified Einstein-Hilbert actions

In the context of mimetic gravity at some point one try to add to an already modified Einstein-Hilbert action also a term like $$ S_\chi=\int\,d^4x\,\sqrt{-g}\frac{1}{2}\gamma\chi^2,\qquad(\star) $$ ...
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Compactly generated vs. compactly constructed causality violating region?

I am currently trying to grasp the nuance between a compactly generated future Cauchy horizon (as per Hawking's chronological protection conjecture) and a compactly constructed causality violating ...
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Normal of a null surface and null junction conditions in general relativity

I am trying to use the null junction formalism in general relativity (as explained in eg http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.43.3763&rep=rep1&type=pdf, "Junctions and thin ...
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Would a very long massive rod exhibit a large deviation from Newtonian gravity (specifically a deficit angle rather than 1/r force)?

In General Relativity the metric corresponding to an infinitely long massive rod is flat but with a deficit angle. It exhibits a very large deviation from Newtonian gravity in all regions of space in ...
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Does Cauchy horizons in AdS have dual picture in the dual Cft?

The AdS/Cft correspondance has kindle interest in anti-de Sitter and asymptotically AdS spacetimes which are non globally hyperbolic. That means Cauchy horizon forms in these spacetimes. Moreover, ...
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A classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity

Consider a classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity. The relevant dynamical variables are $\chi^\mu (\tau)$ of the particle, the electromangetic potential $A_\...
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Differential precession due to gravitational waves

To motivate the question, Andy Strominger recently put out a paper on calculating the Sagnac shift of counterrotating beams due to the angular momentum flux of a passing gravitational wave. See here:...
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Zero mean curvature and maximal volume

I have a 1+1 asympotically flat spacetime system (spherical symmetry) for which I'm trying to find the hypersurface which maximizes the volume enclosed in a sphere of a given radius $r=R$. **It seems ...