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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About an Einstein equation

This is a question about an historical theory of gravitation, studied by Einstein quite a bit before he settled on General Relativity. At that time, Einstein did not know that gravity was a ...
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Conservation of Energy and Birkhoff's theorem

I am reading the original paper by Bondi, van der Berg and Metzner (link) regarding gravitational waves in asymptotically flat axisymmetric spacetimes. In the introduction, he makes the following ...
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Asymptotic Symmetry Group of General Relativity

This question is a little vague and I hope I can put across what I am looking for without too much confusion. What is the motivation behind studying asymptotic symmetry groups in the context of ...
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Numerical relativity coordinate system displayed

In a picture or video of a numerical relativity simulation, such as a neutron star merger into a black hole, how do they set up their coordinate system? Lets take the point in a video corresponding to ...
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General relativity theory [duplicate]

As I understand general relativity theory (please correct me if I'm wrong), time becomes dilated and space becomes compressed around mass, and this is responsible for gravity. I'm struggling with ...
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Dark energy lorentz invaraince

Dark energy (or the cosmological constant) is stated as Lorentz Invariant, form websites like: http://cerncourier.com/cws/article/cern/28917 In newtonian mechanics, this is correct. But time dilation ...
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Why does $8\pi/3$ appear in the equations describing cosmological expansion?

What is the significance of $8\pi/3$ in the first Friedmann Equation, and in the question concerning the time independence of the Hubble Constant? Is it the 'same' $8\pi/3$ that appears in the total ...
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Covariant derivative of connection coefficients

Is there a meaningful way to define the covariant derivative of the connection coefficients, $\Gamma^a_{bc}$? As in, does it make sense to define the object $\nabla_d\Gamma^a_{bc}$? Since the ...
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What are the Conflicting Predictions of General Relativity & Quantum Mechanics? [duplicate]

I see a lot of questions in various sites about why the 2 theories are or aren't incompatible, I'm satisfied as to why that's the case. However it has been mentioned that both theories make ...
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Why does light always travel in a straight line?

No matter the frame light is in, it always moves in a straight line in that frame. Why is that? It doesn't seem like something to me that should necessarily be true. If some one runs forward and sends ...
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Why does the event horizon of a black hole not look like a bright sphere?

All infalling matter-energy appears to an external observer as frozen in time at the event horizon. Why then is this horizon not extremely bright due to radiation that is able to escape radially? So ...
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Gravity as a gauge theory

Currently, (classical) gravity (General Relativity) is NOT a gauge theory (at least in the sense of a Yang-Mills theory). Why should "classical" gravity be some (non-trivial or "special" or extended)...
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Are third derivatives of metric perturbations zero?

I'm working on a problem related to fluid perturbations of stars. I'm following this paper. They start with the Einstein equation: $$G_{\alpha \beta} = 8 \pi G T_{\alpha \beta}$$ and then perturb the ...
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Are there bounds or measurements on the derivative of acceleration (jerk)

The title says it all. Is there a physical maximum value to the 3rd derivative of position? Common Lore says that there is not and that jerk does not play any role in physics. My guess is that there ...
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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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Restriction of a Lagrangian

I'm wondering if anyone could help me with the following questions. Let $M$ be the Minkowski spacetime, given $f\in C^{\infty}(M) ; f(m)=x^{0}(m)$, with $\{x^{\mu}\}$ being a global Cartesian ...
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Derivation of freely falling frame in Schwarzschild spacetime

Thinking about the equivalence principle, is there a nice, simple way to show that a local, freely falling frame in Schwarzschild spacetime is described by the Minkowski metric $$ds{}^{2}=c^{2}dt^{2}-...
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White hole and Schwarzschild solution

What is the relation between white hole and the Schwarzschild solution commonly found in textbooks of physics and interpreted usually as black hole?
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Can inertial mass affect gravity of the object? [duplicate]

Every time I watch this TV program that discusses about all the facts about the universe , and it came to a point where they said that as an object approaches the speed of light the mass of the object ...
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Maxwell's equations in curved spacetime

I know that we can write Maxwell's equations in the covariant form, and this covariant form can be considered as a generalization of these equations in curved spacetime if we replace ordinary ...
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What happens when I increase the density of a stellar object so that its mass surpasses the Schwarzschild limit?

We know that every object that has mass, also has a Schwarzschild radius $r_s$: $$r_s = \frac{2Gm}{c^2}$$ With $G$ being Newton's gravitational constant, $m$ the mass of the object and $c$ the speed ...
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What is *uplift* in respect to extra dimensions and their stability?

What is uplift in respect to extra dimensions and their stability? It's notoriously hard to find something on this, as all possible keyword combinations pull up plethora of unrelated Google hits.
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Basic Question About General Relativity?

I'm a layman that loves Physics. I'm also horrible at math. Having said that I have many, many questions in regards to physics and General Relativity in-particular. I will try to keep my question(s) ...
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Preservation of a scalar along geodesic trajectory

Let $u^\mu$ be the velocity of a particle , and $\xi^\mu$ be a killing vector. would taking a contravariant derivative of to scalar product $\xi_\mu u^\mu$ , and showing that it equals to 0 shows that ...
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AdS/CFT and boundary translational invariance

I work in quantum information theory/condensed matter and have some very basic questions about AdS/CFT correspondence. For simplicity, I would like to restrict to 1+1 CFT <-> 2+1 AdS. I apologize ...
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Alcubierre Drive

I am a layman. I am aware that the Alcubierre Drive has not yet been proven to be possible, but there is something about the concept itself that I am confused about. If there is no movement within the ...
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Schwarzschild solution

I am calculating for many hours and I am really confused with this exercise. Consider a comoving observer sitting at constant spatial coordinates$(r∗,θ∗,φ*)$, around a Schwarzschild black hole of ...
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A Cosmological horizon at the Hubble radius?

I have calculated that if one extends a rigid ruler into space by a fixed proper distance $D$ then a clock at the end of the ruler, running on proper time $\tau$, will run more slowly than time $t$ at ...
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Thermal radiation in the Unruh Effect

The following formula has been given in 't Hooft's black holes notes ($|\Omega \rangle$ is the vacuum state of Minkowski space, O is a operator): $$\langle \Omega| O|\Omega \rangle = \sum_{n \ge 0} \...
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Timelike/null generic condition in general relativity

My question concerns the following definition Definition: The timelike (resp. null) generic condition in GR is fulfilled if $$u_{[\alpha} R_{\rho]\mu \nu [\sigma}u_{\beta]}u^\mu u^\nu \ne 0$$ ...
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Does general relativity fail in conditions with very large gravitational forces?

It is said in this wikipedia article (in the 7th paragraph) that where there exists huge masses and very large gravitational forces (like around binary pulsars), general relativistic effects can be ...
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The General Relativity from String Theory Point of View [duplicate]

I have a hard time understand the statement that When you only look at the classical limit or classical physics, string theory exactly agrees with general relativity Because from what I know, ...
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Can the Hubble constant be measured locally?

The Hubble constant, which roughly gauges the extent to which space is being stretched, can be determined from astronomical measurements of galactic velocities (via redshifts) and positions (via ...
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Solving the Tolman–Oppenheimer–Volkoff (TOV) equation

The Pressure of a static spherical object (say star), which has the Schwarzchild metric outside it, satisfies the following differential equation called the TOV equation. $$\frac{\mbox{d}P}{\mbox{d}r}...
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Question about Komar integral derivation in Wald

I have a question about derivation 11.2.10 in Wald (page 289). Here is a screenshot of the relevant passage: I don't get the step $$-\frac{1}{4\pi}\int _{\Sigma}R^{d}{}{}_{f}\xi^{f}\epsilon_{deab} ...
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Can we apply Schrodinger equation in Newton Gravitational potential and derive the deterministic Newton's gravitation as a special case of it

We know the solutions for wave functions of a an hydrogen atom, and the energy values as given by spectral analysis of radiation emitted by Hydrogen, confirms the possible energy states as predicted ...
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A Hollow Black Hole

I was just reading a question about the gravity inside a hollow neutron star. It was a trivial question, obviously there is no force felt. But then it got me thinking. Suppose you had a hollow sphere ...
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Killing vector field in terms of the tetrad basis

I have come across the following equations in Wald. For a static spherically symmetry metric $$ds^2 = -f(r)dt^2 + h(r)dr^2 + r^2 ( d{\theta^2} \sin^2{\theta}d{\phi^2})$$. If $(e_{\mu})_a$ are the ...
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Static Spherical symmetric solution of Einstein's equations with a perfect fluid

I am reading Wald for the interior solutions of a static spherical metric. Assume it to be of the form $$ds^2 = -f(r)dt^2 + h(r)dr^2 + r^2 ( d{\theta^2} \sin^2{\theta}d{\phi^2})$$ Wald states: For a ...
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Significance for LQG of Sen's result on entropy of black holes?

Sen 2013 says, ...we apply Euclidean gravity to compute logarithmic corrections to the entropy of various non-extremal black holes in different dimensions [...] For Schwarzschild black holes in ...
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The metric Tensor inside a massive shell [duplicate]

Given a fixed shell with the mass of $M$ and a radius $R$ , what would be the metric tensor for $r<R$? I do know that using Birkhoff Theorem the metric for $r>R$ should be schwarzschild. I'm ...
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Why is it suffice to show Tensorial identity on a tensor composed of two vectors?

I've encounter many proves of Tensorail identity that begin with assuming our tensor can be written in form of: $T^{\alpha\beta}=u^{\alpha}v^{\beta}$ . As helpful is it might be, I'm not sure if its ...
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Query in Carroll Section 5.2 Birkhoff's Theorem

This is regarding the proof of Birkhoff's theorem. A part of the proof requires one to show that the most general spherically symmetric metric can be written in the form $$ ds^2 = -e^{2\alpha(t,r)} dt^...
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Is a singularity a real thing?

I've heard the work a few times now, the most recent in the star trek film. Is a singularity a real thing? If so what is it?
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Maximum aging and path of rock

When a rock falls from a ledge, why does it head to the surface and not up to where time runs faster? If a rock, free from forces, follows a worldline of maximum aging, why would that rock approach ...
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Would a closed field of gravity neccesarily lead to paradoxes?

I've asked wether artificial gravity, as seen in some SF-Movies, would violate known laws of physics. To recap, my idea of an Artificial Gravity (AG) system was like this: A Device that creates an '...
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What physical sense has following transformation?

Let's have an interval expression for Friedmann Universe with 3-metric of a sphere, $$ ds^{2} = c^{2}dt^{2} - c^{2}\frac{ch^{2}(Ht)}{H^{2}}\left( d\rho^{2} + sin^{2}(\rho )(d\theta^{2} + sin^{2}(\...
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Equation of motion of a photon in a given metric

I have this metric: $$ds^2=-dt^2+e^tdx^2$$ and I want to find the equation of motion (of x). for that i thought I have two options: using E.L. with the Lagrangian: $L=-\dot t ^2+e^t\dot x ^2 $. ...
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Gravitational field strength and Horizon in Rindler coordinates

I came across the following statements in 't Hooft's black holes notes, but not being able to justify them. The metric in the Rindler coordinates $x=\tilde{x}, y=\tilde{y}, z= \rho \cosh{\tau}, t= \...
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Einstein action as a functional of the tetrad (first order formulation of gravity)

Let the Einstein-Hilbert action be rewritten as a functional of the tetrad $e$ (units shall be set to $1$) such that $S_{EH}(e)=\int \frac{1}{2}\epsilon_{IJKL}~e^I\wedge e^J\wedge F^{KL}(\omega(e))$, ...