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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Experimental tests of electric and magnetic fields in a gravity field

Has anyone experimentally verified that the measured values of the electric and magnetic fields do not change due to gravity, that there is no post-Newtonian effect on the strength of either $E$ or $B$...
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Zeno effect in quantum gravity?

Given that "the quantum zeno effect can "freeze" the evolution of the system by measuring it frequently enough in its known initial state." Is there any equivalent/similar Zeno effect in quantum ...
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Is energy conserved when things fall into a black hole?

We all know in physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can neither be created nor ...
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Poisson brackets among derivatives in the constraints of the Hamiltonian formulation of General Relativity

The issue I have is from the Hamiltonian formulation of General Relativity (GR) and concerns calculation of certain Poisson brackets. In this formulation, we have the 3-dimensional metric $h_{ij}(x)$ ...
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Origin of time or origin of space-time? [on hold]

Are there alternate theories or models that contradicts the idea that big bang is the origin of time ?
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Source of Dark Energy.

In accelerated expansion dark energy play a crucial role because of negative pressure, but during expansion Dark Energy(DE) do not dilute. DE density is independent of scale factor unlike matter and ...
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In what way has GPS had an impact on our understanding of physics?

I've been reading about the effects GPS has had on our society with the February launch of a IIF Satellite and I was wondering if launching GPS satellites and the actual GPS satellites have lead to ...
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A question about Kaluza-Klein mechanism

We know that there is a kind of compactification mechanism named Kaluza-Klein theory which states that the extra dimensions can be compacted dimensions such as $T^n$ or $S^n$ and so on. To make the ...
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Can we exit the event horizon of merging black holes?

I have an intuitive scenario. Consider we have a spaceship just below the event horizon of a BH, which is merging with another black hole. Finally, the singularities merge and we have a single black ...
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Stress-Energy tensor of a static, spherically symmetric, perfect fluid

I am trying to derive the equation for the interior mass of a spherically symmetric, static, perfect fluid in general relativity, $$\frac{\mathop{dM}}{\mathop{dr}} = 4\pi r^2 \rho(r).$$ This question ...
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What is the metric of a constant electromagnetic (pure electric or pure magnetic) field?

For example, imagine a magnetic field $B_x$ directing in $\hat{x}$ direction filling all the space. What is its associated metric field? I can construct the electromagnetic stress-energy tensor for ...
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Distance between two galaxies of different redshift

Let $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ two different objects in the Universe (we can think to two galaxies or quasars), that we observe from the Earth at different angular position $(\alpha_1,\delta_1)$, $(\alpha_2,\...
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Explanation of galaxy rotation curves by space-time drag

I expect, that known effect of rotating body (made of galaxy stellar mass) it too small to explain galaxy rotation curves. By how small is it comparing to required value? What if introduce ...
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Derivation of Christoffel Symbols

So I am reading a book on relativity & differential geometry and in the text, they gave the Christoffel symbols in terms of the metric and its derivatives, but I wanted to derive it myself. ...
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Does the charge of a black hole affect its space-time geometry?

Does a black-hole of a given mass and angular momentum have the same space-time geometry regardless of its charge? I'm pretty sure that an electric field can accelerate a charged particle but doesn't ...
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Curvature Invariants in General Relativity and Singularities

Suppose that I want to check if a given metric is singular or not. I'm interested in curvature singularities, not coordinate singularities, so I can look to scalars made with Ricci, Riemann and Weyl ...
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Can this relativistic hack allow one to see beyond an event horizon, in principle, else why not? [duplicate]

Consider a lone photon. As its frequency increases, its energy increases. Taken to the limit, a sufficiently-high-frequency photon could be a black hole unto itself. But the frequency of a photon is ...
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What role does electrical charge play in black holes?

Not having studied General Relativity, I have sometimes been puzzled by references to the behaviour for "classic" black holes — as they are popularly portrayed — as being true for black ...
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Gravitational Time Dilation vs Acceleration Time Dilation

I might be a little dense to this subject, but I would like to ask a question relating to this one ( Is gravitational time dilation different from other forms of time dilation? ) but asking if this ...
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Interpretation of components of energy-momentum flux near a null surface

Let $k^a$ be the normal to a null surface and $l^a$ be the auxiliary null vector satisfying $l^a k_a=-1$ (see, for instance, the textbook A Relativist's Toolkit by Poisson). I wanted to understand ...
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Why does one particle in Hawking radiation have negative energy? [duplicate]

So as I understand it, Hawking radiation occurs when virtual antiparticle-particle pair are created near the event horizon of a black hole due to vacuum fluctuations because of Heisenberg uncertainty ...
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Black Hole mass

Where is the material that has past the event horizon of a black hole stored/kept? Does it become pure energy once it passes the event horizon? Does the singularity at the center of the black hole ...
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Parenthetical tensor notation [on hold]

Just out of curiosity, what does it mean to be a type $(n,m)$ tensor? For instance in the context of special and general relativity, the Minkowski metric $\eta$ is considered a type $(0,2)$ tensor. I ...
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Does mass compress space-time?

My understanding of relativity explains that the presence of mass warps space-time so that light travelling through the warp follows at straight line but the warp itself is curved and therefore the ...
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What is the mass density distribution of a Schwarzchild black hole?

According to Schwarzschild metric the density element $$ \frac{\mathrm dm}{\mathrm dV} $$ becomes infinite on the event horizon if there is mass $$ \mathrm dm > 0 $$very near at the outside of ...
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Riemann Tensor and Covariant Derivative in Carroll's Spacetime

In Spacetime and Geometry, Sean Carrol defines the Riemann Tensor in terms of the commutator of covariant derivatives: $R^\rho_{\sigma\mu\nu}V^\sigma = [\nabla_\mu, \nabla_\nu]V^\rho + T^\lambda_{\...
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Space-Time Curvature Depends on Relative Speed

When the mass of a planet causes the curvature of space-time we see that an approaching free-falling object deviates its path towards the planet. We also see the amount of that deviation depends on it'...
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Black Hole Scattering of Low-Frequency Light

What is the far-field interference pattern for low-frequency (i.e., the wavelength is much larger than the Schwarzschild radius) electromagnetic plane wave radiation about a point mass? I envision a ...
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Can revolving movement also generate gravitational waves? [on hold]

If an object revolves around a circular path at the speed of light could it still generate gravitational waves and what would be the simulation in inner area?
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Ricci scalar for Black Hole

What is the value of Ricci scalar at $r=0$ inside Black Hole? Since $R_{\mu \nu}=0$ is vacuum solution and valid outside event Horizon of black hole where there is no mass energy density. But inside ...
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Does gravity cause the gravity of another mass to curve?

For example say star 1 is at position x, however star 2 causes gravitational lensing on star 1's light that is traveling toward you and you now see star 1 at position y. Will star 1's gravity move you ...
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Is spacetime flat inside a spherical shell?

In a perfectly symmetrical spherical hollow shell, there is a null net gravitational force according to Newton, since in his theory the force is exactly inversely proportional to the square of the ...
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Coordinate Singularity in Metric

Suppose I have some metric $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+\frac{1}{r}dr^2$$ which has a singularity at $r=0$. However, if I make the coordinate transformation $u=\frac{1}{r}$, then I get: $$ds^2=g(t)dt^2+r^3 du^...
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In relativity theory could we talk energy rather than frames of reference? [closed]

In relativity theory, the space geometry, of space and time, is no longer absolute, if one observer is accelerating compared to the other. Could I say in other words that space geometry is changed if,...
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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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Why is light described by a null geodesic?

I'm trying to wrap my head around how geodesics describe trajectories at the moment. I get that for events to be causally connected, they must be connected by a timelike curve, so free objects must ...
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Is there energy output when mass moves between two spacetimes [closed]

Is there energy output when mass $m$ moves between two spacetimes? Say, it starts in a flat spacetime and then falls into a black hole (other examples don't come to mind, but this doesn't mean they ...
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Deriving the Poisson bracket relation of the Ashtekar variables

I'm trying to figure out how to calculate the orthogonality of Ashtekar variables with respect to the ADM hypersurface metric and conjugate momentum. $$\{{A_a}^i(x), {E^b}_j(y)\} = 8 \pi \beta \delta^...
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How much additional light does Earth receive from the Sun due to Earth's gravitational field?

I was reading about how gravity affects light, and that got me wondering how much additional light is collected by the Sun due to the Earth's gravitational field. Is it a significant amount of light (...
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Relativity, and Lenz's law with respect to the Lorentz force acting on a wire?

For this system: It's simple for me to predict the induced EMF, and if the wire were connected to a complete circuit(for current $I$ to flow), the opposing Lorentz force($-F$): However, if the ...
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Stationary v/s Static

Blau, in his GR book, says that a stationary and spherically symmetric metric is automatically static. He says this easily follows from the fact that for a stationary metric, and in spherical symmetry,...
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Solving the Friedmann Equation [closed]

Through substituting for values of $\rho$ and $k$, I have: $$H^2=\left(\frac{\dot{a}}{a}\right)^2=\frac{8\pi G C}{3a^4} + \frac{\Lambda c^2}{3}$$ $a=a(t)$, and $a(t=0)=0$. Note that $C$ is a ...
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How long can a particle survive inside of the horizon of a black hole?

By examining the causal structure of a Schwarzschild black hole, one can see that a particle in region II is unable to escape to $r=\infty$. Such diagrams do not show, however, how long a particle ...
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Chasing someone who has fallen into a black hole

Assume that my friend and I decided to explore a black hole. I parked the spaceship in a circular orbit safely away from the horizon. He puts on his spacesuit with a jet pack and carefully travels ...
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How can the size of the universe change over time when time is part of the universe?

Bit of an awkward way to phrase it, but basically: Time in relativity is just one of four dimensions of space-time. Nothing really special about it. Yet the universe was once smaller than it is now ...
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Trace of a Tensor

What is the significance of defining the trace of a tensor as $g^{\alpha\beta} R_{\alpha\beta}$ instead of $R_{\alpha\alpha}$ on a Riemannian manifold?
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How do wormholes work?

Firstly, I understand that we have no observational evidence for 'wormholes'. They are theorised solutions to general relativity equations. That said, if macroscopic wormholes do exist---how do they ...
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Does the general theory of relativity imply time dilation across the whole universe? [duplicate]

If not, why is my idea below not possible? The general theory of relativity tells us that time is slowed down by gravitational fields. We bounced radar signals off planets further from the sun, and ...
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Studying relativity from Landau [duplicate]

I'd like to have an advice from you. I was thinking about studying for the exam of general relativity from Landau II: theory of fields. I already studied mechanics and fluid dynamics from Landau and I ...