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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How does an observer in arbitrary state of motion assign numbers to events in a flat spacetime?

In a flat spacetime, there is an inertial observer, who assigns events coordinates in a usual fashion: Placing a clock everywhere and synchronize them. From his POV, the other observer is moving in ...
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Computing the Ricci Tensor for a Spherically Symmetric Spacetime

For a homework question, we are given the metric $$ds^2=dt^2-\frac{2m}{F}dr^2-F^2d\Omega^2\ ,$$ where F is some nasty function of $r$ and $t$. We're asked to then show that this satisfies the Field ...
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Gravitational Redshift and Length Contraction

Gravitational redshift is based on the time-time component of the metric (e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshift). Why does length contraction not contribute to redshift?
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Advantage and disadvantage of weak field approximation

Many textbooks related with GR, covers weak field approximation, (also called Linearized gravity). Since so far, i have been calculated many this with this $i.e$ $g_{\mu\nu}=\eta_{\mu\nu}+h_{\mu\nu}$ ...
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Do all the spacelike curve terminate at the spatial infinity $i_0$ in the Penrose Diagram of a Schwarzchild black hole?

Let's restrict to the radial direction, so the metric can be expressed as $ds^2=-(1-r_S/r)dt^2+(1-r_S/r)^{-1}dr^2$ with $r_S$ the Schwarzchild radius. Expressed in Kruskal coordinates, the metric is ...
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Retarded Green function and the gravitational field of a point particle

I'm trying to understand a calculation by Aichelburg and Sexl of the gravitational field of a point particle. Linearizing the Einstein field equations in the usual way (that is, supposing a metric of ...
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Is the gravitational acceleration at the event horizon constant?

If the escape velocity at the event horizon of a black hole is equal to the speed of light, does this imply that the gravitational acceleration at the event horizon is also constant? For example, ...
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Extracting something from Schwarzschild metric

In Papapertrou's lecture book on General Relativity he said in p 137 that from the metric $$ ds^2= e^\nu dt^2-e^\mu dr^2 -r^2(d\theta^2 +\sin^2\theta d\phi^2)$$ one deduces that $$\sqrt{-g} ...
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Can “uniform motion” (or “mutual rest”) be determined intrinsically, by members of Synge's “five-point curvature detector”?

In his description of a "five-point curvature detector" [1], J. L. Synge exhibits a Cayley-Menger determinant in terms of "optical distances" between five distinct participants; and he states that the ...
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That the gravitational mass equals to inertial mass can imply that only Einstein-Hilbert action is satisfied

I read Spacetime and Geometry by Sean Carroll. In p. 166 there is a comment that GR's action is nonlinear because if it is linear like the EM field, then graviton will not interact with each other, ...
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de Sitter–Schwarzschild metric in the Kretschmann Gravity?

The Kretschmann Gravity (Gauss-Bonnet Gravity,Lovelock Gravity) results when the Ricci scalar is replaced by the Kretschmann invariant in the Lagrangian of the General Relativity. We consider here a ...
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Schwarzschild metric in Isotropic coordinates

As one wants to jump to Isotropic coordinates in order to write the Schwarzschild metric in terms of them, one does this coordinate transformation: $$r=r'(1+\frac{M}{2r'})^2$$ So we start with the ...
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Covariant Fluid Flow approach

I am doing Cosmological perturbation. Currently reading a paper by Bruni et al. In that it is mentioned that they are using covariant fluid flow approach to cosmology. Can any body give me a rough ...
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Topological implications of symbolic represenation of the relativity

I have seen in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy in the entry on Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics that Niels Bohr had argued that the theory of relativity is not a literal ...
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how to specify eigenfunctions(eigentensors) of Lichnerowicz operator?

Lichnerowicz operator is an operator which acts on transverse trace-free symmetric tensors. If this statement is correct, my question is that any transverse trace-free symmetric tensor is an ...
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Why doesn't this proof change indices?

In this pdf, in the second line of the proof, $\sigma$ was plugged in where it appears as $$\frac{\partial x^\sigma}{\partial y^{\rho'}}$$ Meanwhile in converting the coordinates of $g^{\mu'\rho'}$, ...
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Relation between the curvature of a manifold and the number of covariantly constant vector fields that it admits

Suppose that on a four dimensional manifold we are able to explicitly construct four linearly independent covariantly constant vector fields $K^a_{\mu}$: $$D_{\mu}K^a_{\nu}=0,$$ $a=1,2,3,4$ then it ...
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How strong is the force of space expansion?

There are many questions about space expansion, its cause, or its effects. But I have the feeling we never get straight and simple answers. I do not expect answers to be simple in general, but I ...
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Weak Equivalence Principle and universality of free fall

I know how we can derive geodesic equation from varying the action of a test particle with respect to coordinates and i know the fact that particles follow geodesics means that free fall is universal. ...
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problem with spin connection term

While working out Kaluza Klein compactification, I am getting the unwanted spin connection term $\omega_{c}^{ac}$ .I have tried to show that this is zero.But I am not quite sure of it. What I tried ...
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Relation involving the Lorentz transformation and the inverse of its transpose

The relation I was referring to in the title is $${\Lambda_a}^b= \eta_{ac} {L^c}_d \eta^{db}$$ where ${\Lambda_a}^b$ is the inverse transpose of $L$, the Lorentz transformation. I was wondering ...
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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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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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Minkowski to Euclidean

When dealing with solutions to Einstein's equations given by a 4d metric with signature $(-,+,+,+)$, we're able to move to Euclidean space using some transformation so that our signature is now ...
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Caustic and Singularities in General Relativity

What is the relation between the formation of caustics of a family of null geodesics and the existence of an incomplete null geodesic?
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Is there some other name used for “ping rigidity”?

In MTW, p. 398, "Box 16.4 (continued)", there's an interesting sketch (which can also be seen on p. 15 of this excerpt (www.pma.caltech.edu/~ph236/yr2008/readings/MTW_Chapter16.pdf). (It's not the ...
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freedom of choice of 1-form in canonical representation of generic local field corresponds to gauge choice?

So it is a question in Gravitation Wheeler, Thorne and Misner 4.2 Exercise. Given F=$dp_{i}\wedge dq^{i}$. Using canonical transformation from p to $\bar{p}$ and q to $\bar{q}$, one gets ...
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Conditions that the coordinate must satisfy in order to become local inertial

Consider the coordinate transformation $$ \tilde x^a=x^a+\frac{1}{2}\Gamma^a_{bc}x^bx^c $$ I have shown that at the origin $O=(0,0,0,0)$, $$ \frac{\partial\tilde g_{ab}}{\partial\tilde x^c}=0 $$ ...
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(Special Relativity) Points that can be seen by an observer

Let the metric be $$ ds^2=(1+gz)^2dt^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2 $$ where $g$ is a positive constant. Let an observer be stationary at $x=y=0$ on the surface $z=0$ and look upwards at an angle $\theta$, how ...
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Wormholes with event horizons?

Under General Relativity, Lorentzian wormholes (the kind that are traversable) require exotic matter (a kind of unobtainium which is not known to exist). On the other hand, we know black holes exists ...
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The border of the System

In General Relativity, if the system accelerates, the inside of the system and the outside of the system will have different speed of time. Where is the boundary of the system? If a human ...
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Questions about four-momemtum

I am reading a note about Kerr metric, following is some screen shot where I have problems. First of all, I think the author made a mistake. It should be $$ E=-u_\mu k^\mu=u^t\;\;\;L=u_\mu ...
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Einstein frame vs. Matter frame

What is the difference between Einstein frame and Matter frame in General Relativity? -A brief comment on each could be useful too. These two frames were used in this manuscript ...
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Lorentz transformed Scharwzschild solution

A question that has always intrigued me is: "Imagine a star moving as it evolves into a black hole, Ignore the effect of debris from the supernova. Assume also that before the collapse, the star was ...
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Has the Reissner-Nordstrom metric ever been experimentally verified?

In contrast to the solution of the conventional Reissner-Nordstrom problem, where the Schwarzschild metric takes on an additional $1/r^2$ term due to the added electric charge, P. Mannheim has in ...
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Timelike Shell Collapsing into a Black Hole

Does anyone know where I can find the solution for a spherically symmetric thin shell of timelike matter falling into a Schwarzschild black hole? The matter should be pressureless, so that each ...
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Curvature based derivation of Schwarzschild Metric

I'm a third year maths undergrad and I'm trying to find (and follow) a curvature based derivation of the Schwarzschild metric, if there exists such a proof?
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How to move from Special to General Relativity

I have understood special relativity nicely, and right now I am trying to learn general relativity from D'Inverno's book. I an finding it rather difficult to understand the pre-requisite math (i.e. ...
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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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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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What is the “momentum” referred to in the energy-momentum tensor

What is the "momentum" referred to in the energy momentum tensor from GR? Is it $m\dot{x}$ or is it the canonical momentum $\frac{d}{dt} \left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{x}}\right)$ Also, I ...
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Hubble's law for the Kasner solution

I'm puzzled with the following question: find an analog of the Hubble's law for the Kasner solution. Kasner metric is a solution to the vacuum Einstein equations ...
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Differential equation for speed relate to the homogeneous cosmological background in FLRW metric

How to derive DE for the speed (which relate to the homogeneous cosmological background) of the observer which moves with constant proper acceleration in spatially flat FLRW universe?
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One more time about the connection of Weyl tensor and gravitational waves

There is differential identity with Weyl tensor and energy-momentum tensor: $$ D^{\lambda}C_{\lambda \alpha \sigma \beta} = 4 \pi G \left(D_{\sigma}T_{\alpha \beta} - D_{\beta}T_{\alpha \sigma} + ...
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How to use The Schwarzchild Metric formula to get distribution representing “free-fall”

Given formula: How I can use to calculate distribution of points in space, so if i choose path which contains most of the points I get path that close to "free-fall path". As far as I know i should ...
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On motivation for the definition of ADM mass

The ADM mass is expressed in terms of the initial data as a surface integral over a surface $S$ at spatial infinity: $$M:=-\frac{1}{8\pi}\lim_{r\to \infty}\int_S(k-k_0)\sqrt{\sigma}dS$$ where ...
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Interpretation of contribution of gravitational potential energy to the gravitational field

In terms of General relativity we have as a matter of principle that anything that has inertial mass contributes to gravity. All forms of potential energy have inertial mass, it follows that the ...
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Geodesic in general relativity aproaching ellipse

In the gravity well-like 2d surfaces that are used in documentaries to illustrate the fact Earth orbits the Sun, I don't seem to find any kind of geodesic that will at least resemble an ellipse... ...
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Closed linear cosmology implies G M / R = c^2?

I have a question about a linear FRW cosmology with $k=+1$. Assuming zero cosmological constant the first Friedmann equation can be written: $$\left(\frac{\dot R}{R}\right)^2 + ...