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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Do clocks measure conformal time (new argument)?

Assuming the spatially flat FRW metric for simplicity: $$ds^2=c^2dt^2-a(t)^2(dx^2+dy^2+dz^2)$$ where $t$ is cosmological time, $a(t)$ is the scaling factor and $x,y,z$ are co-moving spatial Cartesian ...
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If the effects of gravity cannot travel faster than the “c”, does this mean we are only gravitationally bound by masses in our observable universe?

I'm 17 and fascinated by the differences and omissions Newton made in his equations of motion. However it makes sense that gravity can't travel faster than light because of the force-carrying ...
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Is it foolish to distinguish between covariant and contravariant vectors?

A vector space is a set whose elements satisfy certain axioms. Now there are physical entities that satisfy these properties, which may not be arrows. A co-ordinate transformation is linear map from a ...
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Using metric tensor to contract

Can the metric tensor also contract the indices in the $$\epsilon^{\tau\lambda\mu\nu}~?$$ For example, if we have ...
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Influence of spacetime curvature on electromagnetic wave propagation

Classical physics assumes that spacetime is evenly distributed in the sense that Coulomb's Law predicts that a charged particle will create a spherically symmetric electric field around its location. ...
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Does coordinate time have physical meaning?

I have always been a little confused by the meaning of the "$t$" which appears in spacetime intervals or metrics in general relativity. I concluded that $t$ was just a mathematical thing which allow ...
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Is an event horizon absolute to all observers?

Recently I had discussion whether the event horizon of a black hole is absolute or relative to different (outside) observers. Does someone just 1m above the horizon perceive it at the same depth as ...
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Confusion about two forms of connection coefficients

I am new to GR. In one book I found that the connection coefficient expression is given by $$ \Gamma^\mu_{\nu\lambda} = -\frac{1}{2} g^{\mu\rho} (\partial_\nu g_{\lambda\rho} + \partial_\lambda ...
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The significance of the pressure term within the momentum-energy tensor [duplicate]

EDIT: this question is based around my notion regarding the possible role of potential energy in the momentum energy tensor T$_{\mu\nu}$, The answer below resolves the question and I have deleted ...
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Suggestions for GR solved problems books

Study Topic: General Relativity I'm looking for a recommendation for either a dedicated problems and solved solutions book or, failing that, a textbook with a separate comprehensive solutions ...
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Is the speed of sound almost as high as the speed of light in neutron stars?

Have you ever wondered about the elastic properties of neutron stars? Such stars, being immensely dense, in which neutrons are bound together by the strong nuclear force on top of the strong gravity ...
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Contraction of Kronecker delta = 4 [duplicate]

This suggests, as a shortcut notation, the concept of lowering indices; from any vector we can construct a (0, 1) tensor defined by contraction with the metric: $$A_\nu ≡ g_{\mu\nu}A^\mu$$ so that ...
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Kerr Metric in Orthogonal form

I've seen the Kerr metric usually presented in the Boyer-Lindquist coordinates where there is a cross term in the $d\phi$ and $dt$ term. I've done a good bit of searching and cannot find any ...
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“Shortest” path in general relativity

My professor in mechanics course sneakily teach us some basic idea of general relativity. Which one of the basic assumption is particle walks in shortest world line. I understand shortest path in ...
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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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How exactly does curved space-time describe the force of gravity?

I understand that people explain (in layman's terms at least) that the presence of mass "warps" space-time geometry, and this causes gravity. I have also of course heard the analogy of a blanket or ...
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How does warped space actually look (visually)?

Recently, I was reading about space warping due to extreme gravity and at speeds approaching c, but in books, they always show space in 2D and depth to show space distortion. I was wondering how ...
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1. How is Newtonian calculations compatible with curved spacetime? and 2. multiple competing reference frames for gravity [duplicate]

Since spacetime is curved, and since the measurement of distance on a curve is along a geodesic, how is it that Newtonian (non-curved) physics can be successfully deployed to calculate distances, ...
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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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Can Bosons couple to gravity? Why do we need vielbein?

It is said that In theories such as Supergravity where there are fermions coupled to gravity, one must use an auxiliary quantity, the frame field (vielbein). In supergravity, can a boson be coupled ...
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Vector fields corresponding to null geodesic congruences in general relativity

I'm working in Minkowski space, and I'm considering some 2D surface, $S$. On each point of the surface, I've computed a null vector, $k^a$, which is orthogonal to it. There will be a unique null ...
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In GR, why should the spacetime manifold be differentiable?

In general relativity (GR), spacetime is viewed as a differentiable manifold of dimension $D$ with a metric of Lorentzian signature $(-,+,+,...,+)$. My question is why differentiable?
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Does the definition of the SI unit “second” require that possible perturbation of primary frequency standards should be measured?

The definition of the SI unit "second" is stated as The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground ...
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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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Can't derive FRW Christoffel symbol [on hold]

I'm trying to confirm that the $\Gamma^1_{01}$ Christoffel symbol of the FRW metric is $\dot{a}/a$. I have the FRW metric: $$ds^2=-dt^2+a(t)^2\left[\frac{dr^2}{1-kr^2}+r^2(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta\ ...
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Uncertainty principle within a neutron star or black hole

Take the time-energy uncertainty relation, $\Delta$$E$$\Delta$$T$$\ge$$\hbar/2$. My question is based on my confusion about the effect this relation may have within the interior of a highly ...
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Does fixing a metric component have anything to do with diffeomorphism invariance?

It is well known that in general relativity, the metrics $g_{\mu \nu}$ and $g_{\mu \nu} + \epsilon L_\xi g_{\mu \nu}$ are physically equivalent, where $L_\xi g_{\mu \nu}$ is the Lie derivative of the ...
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Does Birkhoff's theorem apply to rotating collapsing stars?

Birkhoff's theorem states that every spherically symmetric vacuum solution to $R_{\alpha\beta} = 0$ is static, which greatly assists in the solution to the Schwarzschild solution by eliminating time ...
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Asymmetric Schwarzschild solution - unequal mass on each side

Look at any Kruskal–Szekeres coordinate plot of the Schwarzschild solution. It shows the same mass everywhere. Yet the two sides cannot talk to each other, in that no information, particles, etc can ...
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A Relativity question about radial acceleration? [duplicate]

How do you calculate the radial acceleration of a stationary observer in the Schwarzschild coordinates? I have calculated the 4-velocity and 4-acceleration but not sure how to proceed?
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Relativity question about 4-velocity

Given a 4-velocity $u^0$, how do you find $u_0$? Do you use $u_{\alpha}u^{\alpha} = -1$?
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When does light reach a shell observer in Schwarzschild metric?

I am trying to simulate the trajectory of light in the Schwarzschild metric (as seen by a far away observer) with fixed $\theta = \pi/2$. According to my source (Chapter 18, section 18.5) the ...
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Can two distinct events occur at precisely the same moment in time?

I am writing a simulation and am having difficulty resolving the order in which two distinct forces occur. The simulation will give different results if the forces are applied to the state in ...
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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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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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Do we weigh more when standing near massive buildings?

I'm very new to the concepts of SR/GR and curvature of spacetime. My understanding is that the bending of spacetime is the causation of gravity, and that matter is the causation of the bending of ...
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Question about wormholes with ends moving relative to one another [duplicate]

Let's say the two ends A and B of a wormhole are moving relative to one another. If I stick a starship halfway into end A of the wormhole, does the part of the starship that sticks out of end B move ...
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Is the time “direction” in General Relativity equivalent to a spatial volume [on hold]

Most G.R.textbooks introduce time as an extra dimension, i.e. -ict. (see EDIT below for clarification). So although I can not mentally imagine this, I think of it as an extra line, "orthogonal" to the ...
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Does General Relativity imply loops in space?

Everyone who has been interested in modern science has heard explanations (certainly simplifications) of general relativity, mostly that space is curved. The analogy with a rubber sheet is popular. In ...
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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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Why should one expect closed timelike curves to be impossible in quantum gravity?

From the Wikipedia article, it seems that physicists tend to view closed timelike curves as an undesirable attribute of a solution to the Einstein Field Equations. Hawking formulated the Chronology ...
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Einsteins gravity Space time

I'm having a difficulty in understanding Einstein's version of gravity as "space time curvature" (I could be a total physics idiot, please point out !). How does an object on the surface of earth ...
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A General Relativity question? [closed]

The line element for the outside of a spherical star\black hole is given by the Schwarzchild line element : $$-c^{2}d\tau^{2} = ds^{2} = -\left(1-\frac{2m}{r}\right)c^{2}dt^{2} + ...
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Killing vectors of AdS space with the metric given in Poincaré coordinate [closed]

I am trying to solve this problem: Find the Killing vector correspond to the symmetry of the scale invariant for the AdS(n+1) $$ (t,{\bf x}) \rightarrow (at, a{\bf x}) $$ when the metric of the AdS ...
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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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Runge-Lenz vector and Keplerian Orbits

Is the loss of closed Keplerian orbits in relativistic mechanics directly tied to the absence of the Runge-Lenz vector?
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DGP brane world model

Can we think of interaction between dark energy and dark matter within the brane in DGP model like in case of GR?
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$AdS_2$ Black Hole [on hold]

I know that $AdS_2$ black hole has the following metric: $$ ds^2=(r^2-a^2)dt^2+\frac{dr^2}{r^2-a^2}.\tag{1} $$ Here $a$ is constant. On the other hand I am regularly facing with the following ...
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Intuitive understanding of the elements in the stress-energy tensor

There is an image in the Wikipedia about the stress-energy tensor: I have a rough understanding of the stress tensor: you imagine cutting out a tiny cube from the fluid and form a matrix out of the ...
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What are Einstein constraint equations?

Yesterday, I met Einstein constraint equations in a thesis? I failed to understand them. Do they have physical meaning? And what do they "constrain"?