The variables used in general relativity to describe the shape of spacetime. If your question is about metric units, use the tag "units", and/or "si-units" if it is about the SI system specifically.

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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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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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A true singularity at $t=0$, coordinate independent Big Bang

Consider a flat Robertson-Walker metric. When we say that there is a singularity at $t=0$, clearly it is a coordinate dependent statement. So it is a "candidate" singularity. In principle there is ...
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Proper time in general relativity

For general relativity, Wald's GR states that timelike curves, with the norm $g_{ab}T^{a}T^{b} < 0$, can be parameterized by the "proper time" $$\tau = \int (-g_{ab}T^{a}T^{b})^{1/2} dt.$$ This ...
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Meaning of general covariance

Quoting from Wald's GR: In the context of special relativity, the principle of general covariance states that the spacetime metric $\eta_{ab}$, is the only quantity pertaining to spacetime ...
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(Scalar) Ricci flatness of a metric

What is the physical meaning to vanishing Ricci scalar $R=0$ of a metric in general relativity? Note that this is not the same questions as the geometric meaning of $R_{\mu\nu}=0$ which has been asked ...
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Uniqueness of the Einstein tensor

This is related with an exercise 17.4-a in MTW Here what i want to show is the Einstein tensor $G_{\alpha\beta} = R_{\alpha\beta} - \frac{1}{2} R g_{\alpha \beta}$ is the only second-rank, symmetric ...
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Constructable components on metric and its derivatives [closed]

This is exercise 17.2 in MTW Show that there exists no tensor with components constructable from the ten metric coefficient $g_{\alpha\beta}$ and their 40 first derivatives, ...
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Deduce the 3 dimensional Anti de Sitter space from the 4 dimensional case [closed]

From $$AdS^4=\big\{(u,w,x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R} | -u²-w² +x² + y² + z²=-1 \big\}$$ parametrized by $$f(t,\rho, \theta, \phi) = (\sin t \cosh \rho, \cos t \cosh \rho, \sinh \rho \cos \theta, \sinh \rho ...
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Calculate the mass of a Schwarzchild black hole with Komar integral

In Wald's GR, Komar integral is Eq. (11.2.9): $$M=-\frac{1}{8\pi}\int_S\epsilon_{abcd}\nabla^c\xi^d$$ $S$ can be chosen as a 2-sphere, the boundary of a spacelike hypersurface $\Sigma$ such that the ...
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“Projection of metric” vs. “projection of curvatures” [migrated]

Suppose we have a submanifold $M^n$ which is embedded in manifold $M^{n+2}$ and $g_{\mu \nu}$ denotes the metric of $M^{n+2}$. We know that the induced metric on the submanifold is defined by ...
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Finding the metric [closed]

If given the metric: $$ds^2=e^{2U}(dt+w_idx^i)^2-e^{-2U} d\overrightarrow{x}^2$$ where $w = w_idx^i$ is one form How to find the metric in order to find the inverse metric? The new thing about this ...
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Most general second-rank symmetric tensor in Einstein theory

I am reading MTW page 407, Exercise 17.1. (a) Show that the most general second-rank, symmetric tensor constructable from Riemann and $g$, and linear in Riemann, is $$a R_{\alpha\beta} + b R ...
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Is metric tensor invariant under rotation?

It is said that metric tensor depend on the local coordinate system and therefore are not intrinsic to the surface of an 3d-object? How is it possible, kindly provide any proof or discussion. Also is ...
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Penrose diagram for spacetime which flows to $AdS_{2}$ at infinity

Consider I have the following 2 dimensional spacetime $(t,z)$: $$ds^2=\frac{4}{z^{2}}\left(1+\frac{1}{z}\right)^{-1}(-dt^{2}+dz^{2}).\tag{1}$$ When $z\rightarrow \infty$ we have ...
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Is this covariant derivative identity true?

Trying to work through a textbook derivation of the geodesic deviation equation, I've calculated this identity:$$u_{;\beta}^{\alpha}u_{\alpha}=u_{\alpha;\beta}u^{\alpha}.$$ If this is true, I'm ...
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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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About Christoffel symbols in Riemann normal coordinates

According to the answer to this post, the Christoffel symbols in Riemann normal coordinates are approximated by $$\Gamma^{k}_{ij}(x)~\sim~\frac{1}{2} R^k{}_{ilj}(x_0) \xi^l \tag{5.10}$$ which came ...
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Can hyperbolic space be bounded?

There are many visualisations of hyperbolic geometry using Poincaré disks. What are their purpose? Can hyperbolic space be bounded? Can we endow the disk with the structure described by the FLRW ...
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Moving From Schwarzchild Geodesic Equations to Equations of Motion

So I am a student and decided (for some bizarre reason) to attempt to tackle general relativity for my final astrophysics and computational physics project this term. I have been doing a lot of ...
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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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Conditions for a diagonal induced metric?

Let $M$ be a manifold of dimension $n$ with a (say Lorentzian) metric $g$, that is diagonal in some choice of local coordinates. Let $S$ be manifold of dimension $k<n$ , embedded in $M$ by some ...
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Verifying a solution to Einstein's vacuum field equations

I need to verify a solution to Einsteins vacuum field equations. I have the solution as follows $$ds^2=a\,dt^2+b\,dr^2+\cdots$$ Is the following the right approach? Einsteins equation reduces to ...
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Circular orbit in Schwarzschild coordinates [closed]

This was an example in a general relativity textbook which I've been trying to work through myself. A spaceship uses its rocket engine to maintain a circular orbit around a Schwarzschild black hole ...
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Gravitational multi instantons

I was reading "GW Gibbons and SW Hawking, Gravitational multi-instantons, Physics Letters B 78 (1978), no. 4, 430–432." I had a few questions regarding the metric they define. I was wondering how ...
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Symmetries of AdS$_3$, $SO(2,2)$ and $SL(2,\mathbb{R})\times SL(2,\mathbb{R})$

Basically, I want to know how one can see the $SL(2,\mathbb{R})\times SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ symmetry of AdS$_3$ explicitly. AdS$_3$ can be defined as hyperboloid in $\mathbb{R}^{2,2}$ as $$ ...
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What is Laplace operator of Schwarzschild-Spherical coordinates? [closed]

This is the Laplace operator of Spherical coordinates: What is the Laplace operator of Schwarzschild-Spherical coordinates? where the Differential displacement of Schwarzschild-Spherical ...
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Correct tetrad index notation

There seems to be some different conventions on the indexes of the tetrad. I am wondering which is the standard, which is correct, and which is an abuse of notation. In Sean Carroll's notes and in ...
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Metric with 5D signature: +---+

From a paper that a friend sent to me (on inflation theory which I am still in learner mode) a 5D signature +---+ was specified with the 5th dimension being a velocity dimension. I didn't know that ...
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Help understand article on thin shell formalism

I've been learning the Israel formalism (see original article here, although I prefer the exposition given by E. Poisson in his book A Relativist's Toolkit) for thin shells. I think I understand the ...
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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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What's the meaning when Kerr-Newman metric's mass is zero?

Kerr-Newman metric represents the spacetime of a charged and rotating black hole. If the mass parameter is zero, this metric is still not the Minkowski spacetime. What's the meaning of a charged and ...
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How to derive the cigar soliton solution to the Ricci flow equation? [closed]

I am trying to derive the cigar soliton solution to the Ricci flow equation. Such solution has the form $$ {\frac {{{\it dx}}^{2}+{{\it dy}}^{2}}{{{\rm e}^{4\,t}}+{x}^{2}+{y}^{2 }}} $$ I am ...
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Calculating the Riemann tensor for a 3-Sphere

I have worked out all the connection symbols for the 3-sphere using calculus of variations, cf. this Phys.SE post. So to find the Riemann tensor I am trying to find all the nonzero components of: ...
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Does the metric define a Riemannian Manifold?

Does a Riemannian Manifold's metric tensor $g$ completely define the manifold, or are more parameters required?
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Ricci Scalar of the five-dimensiional Reissner–Nordström metric is different to zero?

The Ricci scalar of the four-dimensional Reissner–Nordström metric is equal to zero. In the case of the five-dimensional Reissner–Nordström metric, the Ricci scalar is different to zero?
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Why does the $L_2$ norm give the shortest path between 2 points?

Why not the $L_1$ or $L_3$ distances? Is there some deep reason why the universe (at least at human scales) looks pretty much Euclidean? Could we imagine a different universe where a different ...
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Timelike curves in Special Relativity

I have a question that probably might sound silly to most of you. We know that a natural Lorentz-invariant parametrization of a timelike curve is provided by: $$\tau$$ the Lorentz-invariant proper ...
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Why is the phase space a symplectic manifold rather than a manifold with a metric?

Why does phase space require a symplectic geometry rather than a metric? Is there some scenario where a metric is unable to describe the notion of length in phase space, specifically in relation to ...
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How does the Hubble parameter change with the age of the universe?

How does the Hubble parameter change with the age of the universe? This question was posted recently, and I had almost finished writing an answer when the question was deleted. Since it's a shame to ...
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Can these two terms cancel out?

In trying to prove that $$\Gamma_{\mu\nu\lambda} = \eta_{ab}J^a_bJ^b_{\nu\lambda}.$$ The author canceled out while expanding the first equation $$J^a_{\mu\lambda}J^b_\nu$$ with ...
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Is it okay to Wick rotate to give the negative of the Euclidean metric? Also, could we make the space-like coordinates imaginary instead?

There are 2 parts to my question: 1) Say we choose the metric signature to be (-+++), as in the Wikipedia page. Then the invariant interval in Minkowski space is written: $ds^{2} = -(dt^{2}) + ...
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Question about derivation of tensor in Di Francesco's CFT

This is a question for anyone who is familiar with Di Francesco's book on Conformal Field theory. In particular, on P.108 when he is deriving the general form of the 2-point Schwinger function in two ...
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Help with parametrization of surface if I'm given the metric [closed]

I've got a homework question. Consider a 2 dimensional space with metric $$ ds^{2} = \frac{dr^{2}}{1 -\frac{2}{r} } + r^{2}d\theta^{2} .$$ I need to show that this is the induced metric ...
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Demostrating possible equivalence of two tensors

Is there anyway to see by inspection that a form like $$a(x^2 )^{-3} (g _{μσ} x_{\rho} x_{ ν} + g_{μρ} x_{σ} x_{ ν} +g_{νσ} x_{ρ} x_{ μ} + g_{ νρ} x_{ σ} x_{ μ} ) $$ may be equivalent to (i.e ...
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Geodesic deviation on a unit sphere

Very little interest in the original version of this question so I've rejigged it hoping for a more positive response. I'm trying to use the geodesic deviation ...
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Supergravity solution, metric for the total space, and connection

In supergravity solutions, one sometimes encounters the case where the manifold may be a bundle over some base space, and one has to write down the explicit metric regarding such bundle. I would like ...
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Geodesic curvature and Weyl transformations

The geodesic curvature is given by $$k=\pm t^a n_b\nabla_a t^b,$$ where $t^a$ is a unit vector tangent to the boundary of the string worldsheet and $n_a$ is an outward vector orthogonal to $t^a$. I ...
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Why does product of Moduli and Diff x Weyl Variation vanish?

According to equation 5.2.5 in Polchinski :- $$\int d^2 \sigma~ \delta^{'}g_{ab} \times [-2(P_1 \delta \sigma)_{ab} +(2\delta w - \Delta \cdot \delta \sigma)g^{ab}]=0$$ The assumption here is that " ...
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Using Polyakov-Alvarez Anomaly Formula [closed]

Take $\Sigma=\mathbb{D}$ to be the unit disk with metric $g=\frac{4}{(1+|z|^2)^2}\,|dz|^2$. If $\phi$ is a nice enough function on $\mathbb{D}$, then I want to compute $$\int_{\partial \Sigma} k_g ...