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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Gravitational waves as information carriers

Is it possible to utilize gravitational waves as a delivery system for information between two observers straddling the event horizon of a black hole? And why ?
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Doesn't the Schwarzschild metric combined with Hawking radiation imply that nothing ever gets past the event horizon of a black hole?

According to the General Theory of Relativity, the coordinate time distance per spacetime distance traveled by a particle freely falling into a black hole gets closer and closer to $0$ as the particle ...
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How confident are we that mass is not being lost in the universe?

After reading about the latest super-massive black hole in Nature 518, 512–515 (26 February 2015), I couldn't help but wonder if the accelerating expansion is a result of mass being lost. Would a ...
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Relativistic rigid motion

In Bryce DeWitt's Lectures on Gravitation, in eq. 2.7 on page 25 when he describes the rigid motion of a continuum he states $$x^\mu(\xi,\tau)=x^\mu(0,\sigma)+\xi^in^\mu_i(\sigma)\,\,\,(i=1,2,3) \, ...
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Locally flat coordinate and Locally inertial frame

I am having some doubts on myself regarding the above concepts in General Relativity. First, I want to point out how I understand them so far. A male observer follows a timelike worldline ($\gamma$) ...
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Why does weak equivalence principle say gravity is equivalent to acceleration?

I am told that the weak equivalent principle, that $m_i=m_g$ (inertial and gravitational masses are equivalent) is equivalent to the statement that in a small system you can't tell whether you are in ...
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Null geodesic equation

For a null geodesic curve $X^i$, $$0=g_{ij}V^iV^j.$$ When we derive the geodesic equation from E-L equations, will this affine parametrization cause it to blow up? How is it justified to use the ...
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Mass Distribution Inside Sphere with Relativity

(Shell Theorem) If a mass is spherically symmetrically distributed within a spherical region, an observer measuring the gravitational pull from that spherical region would not know how the mass is ...
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Local translations in curved spacetime

A global Poincare transformation on a scalar field induces $$\delta(a, \lambda)\phi(x) = [a^{\mu}+\lambda^{\mu\nu}x_{\nu}]\partial_{\mu}\phi(x). \tag{11.46}$$ In curved spacetime we replace $a^{\mu} ...
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The ADM Energy of Gravitational Waves?

I have been looking for books about this question for several days. However, almost all books use Landau–Lifshitz pseudotensor to calculate the energy of Gravitational Waves.And they said the result ...
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Question about universe expansion

In general relativity, we cannot determine the global structure of the universe (since it is not flat), therefore all measurements and observations are only meaningful locally. In particular, we can ...
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How come that an Infinite universe will collapse under gravity?

In this PSE post the issue is about the stability of an infinite universe under Newtonian gravity. Here I'will drop the Newtonian constraint because we know of the finite speed of interactions and I ...
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If distant observers never see a black hole form in finite time how can the information paradox be a problem?

So, at least as reported in the media, the physics community is still struggling with the problem of resolving the impossibility of retrieving information from beyond the event horizon of a black hole ...
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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 as we all know, accelerating charges emit ...
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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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Why dynamic Casimir effect does not appear in static gravity field?

Dynamic Casimir effect tells us that a constantly-accelerated mirror should emit radiation due to interaction with vacuum. Following principle of equivalence, a similar mirror placed in static ...
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How much is time slowed down inside a planet or star?

An answer to What would be the rate of acceleration from gravity in a hollow sphere? states "that according to General Relativity time passes more slowly inside a hollow massive sphere than it does ...
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Spinning micro blackholes power conversion

In the context of energy extraction of spinning black holes, there are two known mechanisms: the Penrose process and the Blandford-Znajek process. The former relies on fragmentation of accreting flow, ...
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Two spherically symmetric shells of matter collapsing into a black hole

Suppose I have a thin spherically symmetric shell of matter of (rest) mass $M$ that collapses to form a black hole, and later a second thin spherical shell of mass (rest) $M'$, concentric to the ...
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Equivalence principle for test fields

My question is very simple. We all know that, for a test particle(classical) in a gravitational field, the motion is only determined by the geodesic lines(let's forget about the initial conditions for ...
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Travelling through a worm hole

In every documentary I've seen about worm holes, I have noticed that they usually say that according to the General Theory of Relativity, there could exist worm holes called traversable wormholes; ...
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Exotic matter out of a “squeezed” vacuum?

In the light of the current warp field experiments by NASA I found this paper: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1005.5682v1.pdf Could this actually lead to the creation of exotic matter or at least strengthen ...
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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If a point r lies in the boundary of the chronological future of another point p, why does the chronological future of r belong to that of p?

I am studying the global causality of the spacetime. Here, I come across a problem. Suppose a point $r\in \partial I^+(p)$. $I^+(p)$ is the chronological future of a different point $p$ in ...
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Higher-Dimensional Metrics in (Hyper)-Spherical Coordinates

I want to compute the components of the Riemann curvature tensor (for a case similar to the Schwarzschild solution) in 4 + 1 dimensions, but I want to use a higher-dimensional analogue of spherical ...
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What are the anomalies with General Relativity?

If general relativity is the newest model of Gravity which is so far been proven. Does it still have any anomalies such as the problem of Mercury's orbit during Newtonian gravity period? If so are ...
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Questions about MTW's “thousand” tests of the Einstein principle

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 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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A general relativity question about the Einstein equations?

Assuming a Robertson-Walker metric to describe homogeneous and isotropic cosmological models, Einstein equations with cosmological constant reduce to these 3 non-linear ordinary differential equations ...
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Cosmology: collisionless vs collisional fluids?

I try to understand the difference between collisionless and collisional fluids in cosmology. My first question is the following. In the context of FLRW cosmology, we suppose that the Universe can ...
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Does asymptotically AdS mean as $z \to 0$ or as $z \to \infty$ in Poincare metric of AdS?

The Poincare metric of AdS_3 is given by $ ds^2 = \frac{R^2}{z^2}(dz^2 - dx_0^2 + dx_1^2)$. Using the coordinate transformation $\rho = \log(z)$, we can write this as, $ds^2 = R^2 (d\rho^2 + e^{-2 ...
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Non-pertubative renormalization and correctness of a theory

Even if I start to understand why perturbative renormalization is necessary, I'm not exactly sure why non perturbative renormalization is. After asking the question to several theorists, what I think ...
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General Relativity - Four Velocity Derivative Question

I am trying to get my head around a small point used in a book I am reading about General Relativity. The book states that because $u_au^a = c^2$ it follows that $u_a \nabla_b u^a = 0 $ The first ...
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Is our locally measured time actually conformal time?

The FRW metric at the origin $r=0$, with $c=1$, is given by: $$ds^2=-dt^2+a(t)^2dr^2$$ Now one can change variables so that near the origin the FRW metric is approximated by the Minkowski metric ...
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Connection between two Petrov classification schemes

For the Weyl scalars of all spacetimes, at any point, possess one special structure, the so called principal null directions. Consider a general null tetrad $\{ l_a,n_a,m_a,\overline{m}_a \}$, we ...
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What observation(s)--if any--confirm that the types & concentrations of energy, which are influenced by gravity, are the same ones that cause gravity?

General relativity allows various forms of energy to participate in the gravitational force. What observation(s)--if any--confirm general relativity's notion that the various types & ...
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Hawking radiation and charge

If black hole has a charge, they will lose charge due to Hawking radiation. If black hole has positive charge, it emit more positron than electron. And the same argument I can apply in rotating black ...
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Will a stress-energy tensor have the same identities as it's metric?

Say I have a metric tensor where $$g_{00} = -c^{2}\ and $$ $$g_{01}=g_{02}=g_{03}=0$$ and $$g_{12}=g_{13}=g_{23}$$ and $$g_{11}=g_{22}=g_{33}$$ My question is straightforward: would the same or ...
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Replacing the flat part of ads metric with another flat metric.

In the poincare co-ordinate representation metric of the ads space has a flat part that corresponds to the minkowski metric. Can one show that this flat part can be replaced by other metric that ...
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Invariance of the low energy effective string action

It is well known that the action of General Relativity $$S = \frac{1}{16\pi G}\int R\;\sqrt{-g} d^D X$$ is invariant under "diffeomorphisms". The low energy effective action for bosonic strings is ...
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Definition of “nonlinear” in the context of perturbation of gravity

What exactly is the definition of a nonlinear perturbation when applied to a background spacetime metric? I have seen so called "linear perturbations" which look like $$ds^2 = -(1+2\Phi)dt^2 ...
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What is the covariant basis around a Schwarzschild black hole?

First of all, I'm not interested in time for this question. So lets consider a 3-manifold whose metric is the spatial part of the Schwarzschild metric, so it has the event horizon and the singularity ...
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Can we embed 2+1 space-time of GR in a 3 Dimensional Euclidean space?

Wikipedia says that inflation is the exponential expansion of space in the early universe.I'm trying to have a physical picture of this.Given that I can't visualize 3+1 pseudoriemannian manifolds,I'm ...
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How to find a metric of a general observer?

Yes, that's it. How to find a particular metric of an observer in general relativity? Let's say we have a static metric: ...
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Where is the mass energy of potential energy (such as for the universe?)

As you know, energy has mass via $E=mc^2$. If I understand right, mass must be inside of a particle, and can not just be "free floating." Gravitational potential energy (or what ever its equivalent ...
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Increase in momentum of a particle falling into a black hole

From the point of view of an external observer at a fixed distance above a black hole, the linear momentum a free falling particle increases exponentially with Schwarzchild time. (This happens when ...
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In layman's terms, why would frame dragging affect precession of nearby object?

My question is really about the gravitomagnetic frame-dragging and the Lense Thirring effect. My question is not whether the frame dragging effect exists but rather it's manifestation in affecting ...
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Kaluza suggested metric

Is there a book or a paper that goes into the mathematical details of getting scalar curvature of the 5 dimensional metric that Kaluza wrote down? I am running into many mathematical issues for I am ...
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black holes and white holes

i have a question and i just couldn't get another way to get its answer. My question is regarding black hole and the possibility of a white hole. we know that even light cannot escape a black hole ...
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Does this identity that applies to the metric tensor also apply to the stress-energy tensor?

Okay so if the $g_{00}$ component of the metric is $-c^2$ and $g_{11}=g_{22}=g_{33}$ and all the other other components are zero, the question is simple, would similar identities apply to the ...