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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Energy conservation around a black hole

In the Schwarzschild black hole, the Killing vector "time translation" $k^a$, so that the following quantity is conserved along a geodesic: $$E = -g_{ab}k^au^b = (1 - ...
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What is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter? [on hold]

Since, there is always an interplay between gravity and the fabric of spacetime. I wonder which is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter?
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Indicating that indices are equal in Einstein notation

tl;dr: I have an expression like this: (dramatization) $$ R_{\mu\nu} = \begin{pmatrix} B^{00}C_{00} & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & B^{11}C_{10} & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & B^{22}C_{20} ...
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What happens if I slowly lower a dangling object into a black hole?

I could've sworn I've seen this question before, but I couldn't find it. Suppose I have an object on the end of a really long string. I can slowly lower it near the event horizon of a black hole, ...
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Using $\sqrt{-g}$ in integrals of proper volume

I am a little confused over integration using proper volume element. When do we use $\sqrt{-g}$ in calculations? For example, in many calculations involving stars, say when using TOV equation, this ...
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Difference in time for clock in attic vs clock in cellar [on hold]

This question is regarding relativity: Two clocks are stationed in a house, one in the cellar and one it the attic. Which one of the following statements is true? A : The clocks tick at the ...
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Difference between Fermi and Riemann normal coordinates

What is the difference between Fermi normal coordinates and Riemann normal coordinates? Which one of them is related to the vanishing of the Christoffel symbols?
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What is the significance of Planck force?

I have been curious to find what could be the significance of Planck force? It is calculated by the formula $c^4/G = 1.21031359\times 10^{44} \, \mathrm{N}$, where $c$ is the speed of light and $G$ is ...
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Does a black hole ever fully form to an outside observer? [duplicate]

According to general relativity, I had understood that time appears to slow down when looking into high gravitational fields from afar, so that as a black hole forms, the light from a collapsing star ...
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Hamiltonian constraint in spherical Friedmann cosmology

I'm taking a GR course, in which the instructor discussed the 'Hamiltonian constraint' of spherical Friedmann cosmology action. I'm not quite clear about the definition of 'Hamiltonian constraint' ...
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Interpretation of black-hole infalling and apparent geometry of the event horizons

Consider a citizen of the cosmos crosses the event horizons of a black hole. For sake of discussion let's suppose is a Kerr black hole, so that his fate is not sealed the moment he crosses. Does at ...
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Equivalence of definitions of ADM Mass

ADM Mass is a useful measure of a system. It is often defined (Wald 293) $$M_{ADM}=\frac{1}{16\pi} \lim_{r \to \infty} \oint_{s_r} (h_{\mu\nu,\mu}-h_{\mu\mu,\nu})N^{\nu} dA$$ Where $s_r$ is two ...
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Relative motion in particle measurements

I was thinking about measurement of particles at almost-zero energies/temperatures and the movement associated with it. Compared to an observer next to the particle who sees the particle moving at ...
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Another layman blackhole question, pulling one end of a string out from behind the event horizon

No long explanation is needed, What would happen if I were to allow one end of a rope to fall past the event horizon of a black hole while I held the other end? Would I be able to pull it out? Would ...
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Equilibrium for a rope hanging in a Schwarzschild spacetime

Update: Trimok and MBN helped me solve most of my confusion. However, there is still an extra term $-(2/r)T$ in the final result. Brown doesn't write this term, and it seems physically wrong. Update ...
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What will happen to Earth if it's tied to a black hole thru a really strong string?

Imagine a very strong string (with infinity as as its breaking point) attached to earth very strongly and the other end is put inside a black hole, What will happen to Earth? And the string? Will ...
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What is the difference in subjective time experienced by an orbiting and stationary observer? [on hold]

Two observers start in rockets 1000kms above Earth's north pole. Observer 1 remains stationary relative to Earth, burning fuel to hover in place. Observer 2 is in a circular polar orbit. Both ...
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Doubts about Chern-Simons state as a solution of the Hamiltonian constraint in quantum gravity

I've been doing some work with both Baez's Knots, gauge fields and gravity (1) and Gambini, Pullin's Loops, knots, gauge Theories and quantum gravity (2), lately. I have basically two problems: I ...
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Can the density of a black hole be altered (if at all) by absorption?

If a black hole is an object of sufficient density that it distorts spacetime, when a black hole absorbs mass, does the dense material that constitutes the black hole become less dense if the absorbed ...
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How are the frequency and wavelength of electromagnetic waves affected within an event horizon?

I apologize if this has been asked previously or if my thinking is way off base, but I am inexperienced with relativity (and this is my first question on the site). I am wondering; as one (not ...
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Do intergalactic magnetic fields imply an Open Universe?

According to a paper on the arXiv (now published in Phys Rev D), they do. How credible is this result? The abstract says: The detection of magnetic fields at high redshifts, and in empty ...
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How do we know the Schwarzschild solution contains an object of mass $M$?

The Schwarzschild metric is $$ds^2 = - \left( 1 - \frac{2GM}{r} \right) dt^2 + \left(1-\frac{2GM}{r}\right)^{-1} dr^2 + r^2 d\Omega^2.$$ In Carroll's GR book, it is claimed that $M$ is the mass of the ...
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Interpreting meaning of coordinates given a metric

I was working problem 3.6 in Carroll's GR textbook and was given the following metric, which is a good approximation to the metric outside the surface of the Earth. $ds^2=-(1+2 \Phi(r))dt^2 + ...
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The derivation of the Mass-Energy(including mechanical energy) equivalence principle [duplicate]

(Not duplication! I couldn't find the answer for the general case, instead of the special case that I've already seen in Youtube I hyperlinked.) I will fully satisfy with not only a mathematically ...
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The mass-energy equivalence is a principle which can not be derived from anything? [duplicate]

Not duplication) I couldn't find the answer for the general case, instead of the special case that I already seen in Youtube I hyperlinked. I will fully satisfy with not only a mathematically ...
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Simulation of relativistic probe passing through an external solar system

I recently read about the Breakthrough Initiative to launch "StarShot", a nano-probe that is designed to travel to Alpha Centauri at $0.2c$. One of the challenges to be solved involves the precise ...
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Does the constancy of the speed of light in vacuum hold for any observer in GR as well?

From SR, we know that the speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of the motion of the light source. But in GR, does it still hold for all observers? I mean the constancy ...
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Why would a modern smartphone not work if the theory of general relativity hadn't been discoverd?

My teacher told me that todays smartphones wouldn't work if the theory of relativity hadn't been discovered, but he didn't explained why.
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Did the Big Bang happen at a point?

TV documentaries invariably show the Big Bang as an exploding ball of fire expanding outwards. Did the Big Bang really explode outwards from a point like this? If not, what did happen?
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Gravitational wave equations worked out

Is there a website where gravitational wave equations are worked out numerically? I would like to experiment with mass configurations but can't find examples.
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Non equilibrium black hole radiating away energy and angular momentum, with total energy and angular momentum conserved

The question refers to whether mass (i.e., energy) and angular momentum can be considered to have been carried away by the gravitational radiation in the hole settling down. And whether those entities ...
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A spin zero graviton?

Why can the graviton not be a spin 0 particle? On a similar note why can it not be a spin 4, spin 6 particle?
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Pressure and density using a general Lagrangian

Given a lagrangian of a form: \begin{equation}\mathcal{L}=f(\phi,\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial^{\mu}\phi)\end{equation} where $f$ is a function, I need to derive pressure and density in a FLRW universe ...
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What manifold is spacetime?

In General Relativity, spacetime is a $4$-dimensional manifold with one Lorentzian metric tensor defined on it. In the Special Relativity case what manifold is spacetime is quite clear: it is ...
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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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Geodesic tangent vector in a Riemannian 4-space

I am doing a question in Lewis Ryder's introduction to General relativity. I am very close to the answer but not quite there. The question is: A Riemannian 4-space has metric $$ds^2 = ...
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Binary black hole merger viewed from inside the event horizon

How did the metric evolve inside the event horizons of the black holes whose merger caused the GW150914 signal? In principle the Schwarzchild metric of a non-rotating black hole is known inside the ...
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What are the effects of relativity on the universe itself? [on hold]

I'm obviously not anything like an expert on the subject, but it occurs to me that the relativity of objects or lack thereof would affect the environment around it. Time moves fastest when there is ...
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On the proof of the existence of geodesics coordinates

From "Introducing Einstein’s Relativity" by Ray D’Inverno page 77-78 In my calculation, the process is $$\frac{\partial{x^{'a}}}{\partial{x^d}}=\frac{\partial{x^{a}}}{\partial{x^d}}+\frac{1}{2} ...
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Is this analogy of Hawking Radiation correct?

Through reading of textbooks and other research papers, I have settled on the analogy of hawking radiation below (Written completely by myself) Within the ergosphere of the black hole, virtual ...
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What is / are the primary criticism(s) against Einstein-Cartan-Evans field theory?

What is / are the primary criticism(s) against Einstein-Cartan-Evans (ECE) field theory? On Wikipedia the references provided were: arXiv:physics/0607186, MR2372785 (2008j:83049b), MR2218579 ...
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Variation of the metric with respect to the metric

For a variation of the metric $g^{\mu\nu}$ with respect to $g^{\alpha\beta}$ you might expect the result (at least I did): \begin{equation} \frac{\delta g^{\mu\nu}}{\delta g^{\alpha\beta}}= ...
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If Black Holes Consume Space What Is The Space Traversing? [duplicate]

I've heard it stated by physicists that space moves into (Or through/down into if you like) black holes faster than the speed of light and that this is possible because the speed of light is a ...
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Getting started self-studying general relativity

What are some good books, videos, websites for getting started with general relativity? I would prefer mathematically rigorous sources.
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Newtonian limit of the Einstein Equation for the Schwarzschild metric [on hold]

I am trying to get the Newtonian limit of the Einstein Equation for the Schwarzschild metric $$ ds^2 = \left(1 - 2\phi(r) \right) dt^2 - \left(1+2\phi(r)\right) dr^2 - r^2 \left(d\theta^2 + ...
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Eddington-Finkelstein coordinate

The Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates in case of Schwarzschild metric are defined as \begin{align} u&=t-r^*\\ v&=t+r^* \end{align} where $$r^*=r+2GM\ln\left|\frac{r}{2GM}-1\right|$$ The ...
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Is this equation $\nabla_a\sqrt{-g}=0$ correct? [duplicate]

Is the equation $$\nabla_a\sqrt{-g}=0$$ correct? Here $\nabla_a$ is the Levi-Civita connection, and $g$ is the determinant of metric $g_{ab}$. Apparently, we have $\nabla_ag_{bc}=0$, but I am not sure ...
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Bending of light - photon's inertia instead of mass

Using classical mechanics, the formula for gravitational attraction is $$F = G\frac{m_1m_2}{r^2}.$$ This formula does not work for photons, and we need to use Einstein's theory of gravity to ...
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Dark matter from general relativity? [duplicate]

We know that there is dark matter due to the observational orbital velocities and mass to light ratio not matching that of expected ones. However the expected orbital velocities of stars in the Milky ...
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what is the metric of N-sheeted $AdS_3$?

Suppose the AdS$_3$ metric is given by $$ ds^2 =d\rho^2+cosh^2\rho d\psi^2 +sinh^2 \rho d\phi^2 $$ what is the n-sheeted space of it? Can the n-sheeted BTZ be constructed from it by identifications ...