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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Momentum and Kaluza-Klein charge

In normal Kaluza Klein reduction over a $S^1$, the momentum round the circle contributes to the electric charge in the lower dimensional theory. I am curious as to whether, under certain ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Thomas precession and neutron star accretion discs

Assuming, based on this wikipedia article Accretion Discs That accretion discs surrounding neutron stars are composed of a gas and / or plasma. That the accretion disc material can achieve a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Does the total particle energy increase in FRW Universe?

If a particle travels on a geodesic with 4-momentum $P^\mu$ in a spacetime with a Killing vector $K_\mu$ then we have a constant of motion, $K$, given by: $$K=K_\mu P^\mu$$ Using the relationships: ...
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Conformal time-like Killing vector near null geodesics in all spacetimes?

Is it true that in all spacetimes there is some conformal time-like Killing vector $\tau^a$ in the vicinity of null geodesics? If the above statement is true then can one argue that, for all ...
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Does gravitational pull depend on the velocity of movement?

In classical mechanics the gravitational pull doesn't depend on the velocity. It's the same regardless if the body stands still or moves. In general relativity, the test particles follow geodesics ...
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Does negative mass reverse the arrow of time?

General relativity predicts that normal mass (positive mass) results in the curvature of spacetime which in return leads to gravitation. Since space and time are bonded together, any change on the ...
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Why are the integral form of the GR equations problematic?

I have heard that working with the integral form of the GR equations is problematic - relative to determining a Greens function. Can someone explain the details as why?
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Tangent Vector Field from Metric

Question: Starting from an arbitrary spacetime metric, how does one obtain a tangent vector field? (We might need to assume certain geodesic congruences but my understanding is very limited.) Build ...
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Momentum conservation in FRW spacetime

The spatially flat FRW metric in Cartesian co-ordinates is given by: $$ds^2 = -dt^2 + a^2(t)(dx^2 + dy^2 + dz^2)$$ As I understand it, since the metric does not depend on the spatial co-moving ...
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How does a rotating black hole look like? How would it be to descend into one?

This image from Wikipedia shows how a black hole would look like: A black circle that acts as a gravitational lens for light rays coming from behind. How would a rotating black hole look like? How ...
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What are the zero point energy densities of the individual quantum fields?

I'm reading through "General Relativity - An Introduction for Physicists", by Hobson, Efstathiou, and Lasenby, and I have a question regarding one of the statements related to the cosmological ...
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Geodetic effect and Frame dragging

Two gyroscopes pointing perpendicular to each other were housed inside Gravity Probe B which performed polar orbit around Earth to test Einstein's theory of relativity. As the probe is orbiting ...
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Phenomena in the intersection of general relativity and quantum mechanics

I am looking for physical phenomena that have aspects involving both general relativity and quantum mechanics. The only example I know is Hawking radiation. While black holes are objects that cannot ...
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Accretion disks on neutron star binaries

Why does hydrogen gas from accretion disks not constantly get sucked onto/into a neutron star or into a black hole? I understand that some gets sucked into the black hole and some may come down and ...
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FRW Metric maximally symmetric, derivation, $R=3K$ or $R=6K$ confusion, two different texts

I'm looking at Tod and Hughston Introduction to GR and writing the metric in the two forms; [1]$$ ds^{2}=dt^{2}-R^{2}(t)(\frac{dr^{2}}{1-kr^{2}}+r^{2}(d\theta^{2}+sin^{2}\theta d\phi^{2})) $$ [2] $$ ...
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Is the Weyl Postulate correct?

The Weyl postulate in cosmology states that worldlines do not intersect but it can be shown in GR that using Raychaudhuri equation that geodesics can intersect if there is curvature so I'm really ...
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Problem on finding the spatial components of canonical momenta in Fierz-Pauli Lagrangian

My problem is about finding the spatial components of canonical momenta $\pi_{i j}=\frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial \dot{h}_{i j}}$ corresponding to the Fierz-Pauli Lagrangian. I am using the ...
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Name for the transformation into an accelerated frame?

A transformation into a frame that looks at an experiment from a rotated perspective is called a rotation. A transformation into a frame that moves with a different constant velocity is called a ...