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Simple metric of stellar collapse

Is there a simple metric (Lorentzian manifold) known which exhibits the formation of a black hole while not having any white hole counterpart and which moreover satisfies the strong and dominant ...
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What is the physical meaning of the Levi-Civita connection?

I'm taking a course in General Relativity and I have studied the fundamental theorem of Riemannian geometry: Let $M$ be a manifold with metric $g$. Then exists an unique torsion-free connection $\...
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Euler-Lagrange for simple scalar field (Peskin & Shroeder)

I'm reading Peskin & Schroeder and they give as a simple example the Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2} (\partial_\mu \phi)^2$$ First of all, I'm guessing that $(\partial_\mu \phi)^2$ is ...
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What exactly does the Kretschmann scalar implies and how does it work?

From the General Relativity class lectures I understood that this particular invariant, the Kretschmann scalar namely $$R_{\mu\nu\lambda\rho} R^{\mu\nu\lambda\rho}$$ is really important because, ...
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For a giving metric in GR, how do we learn which observer the metric refer to?

For example, I have been told the Schwarzschild observer is far away from blackhole and events,(namely, I think, the observer is static at infinity of the coordinate.) And the second example,the ...
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Why is not the D'Alembert operator a scalar?

I am taking a course on classical electrodynamics and my professor has defined the D'Alembert operator to me as: $$\square=\eta^{\mu \nu} \partial_{\mu} \partial_{\nu}$$ I have been operating using ...
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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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Understanding Vaidya metric and pure radiation stress-energy tensor

I am following Vaidya metric and how it is related to pure radiation from Wikipedia. But when it reaches the line where stress-energy tensor is equated to product of two four-vectors, I cannot follow ...
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How to obtain the four-velocity of a fluid from the metric?

Let's say I'm working with a metric tensor for some spacetime with components $g_{\alpha \beta}$ relative to some coordinates $(\tau, x, y, z)$. Is there a general way of obtaining the four-velocity ...
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Which tensor describes curvature in 4D spacetime?

I heard these two statements which don't work together (in my mind): In 4D spacetime the curvature is encoded within the Riemann tensor. He holds all the information about curvature in spacetime. ...
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Null geodesic equations

If one is constrained to the $xt$ plane, one can define the intersection with that plane of the null hypersurfaces originating at some point $P$ as $$ g_{tt} \frac{d P^t}{d \lambda}\frac{d P^t}{d \...
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Geodesic equation (free particle)

How to find a coordinate system whose geodesic equation does not have the "Christoffel symbol" term? (i.e. free particle - generalized Newton's second law.)
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How long was the universe radiation dominated?

Using the Friedmann metric I've been trying to calculate how long the universe was radiation energy dominated. I've reduced the metric to: $c.dt$ = $a(t).dr$ where a is the scale factor. I can work ...
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Non-zero gravitational anomaly

Analogous to the Adler-Jackiw-Bell anomaly of QCD, we have an anomaly in gravity when we consider gravity to be coupled to chiral fermions: \begin{equation} \partial_\nu J^\nu_5\propto R\tilde{R}, \...
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Time independent Kerr metric

The Kerr metric expressed in terms of polar coordinates $r,\theta,\phi$, such that $x = r\sin(\theta)\cos(\phi)$, $y = r\sin(\theta)\sin(\phi)$, $z = r\cos(\theta)$. Then the Kerr metric is given as \...
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Existence of a solution for geodesic differential equations for a singular metric

In order to determine the geodesics, one must solve the following set of differential equations \begin{align} \frac{d^2 x^j}{ds^2} + {j\brace h\,\,k}\frac{dx^h}{ds}\frac{dx^k}{ds} = 0, \end{align} ...
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Show that $R_{\mu\nu}=C g_{\mu\nu}$ from the vacuum Einstein equation with a nonzero $\Lambda$ [closed]

If I begin with the vacuum field equation with a nonzero cosmological constant: $$R_{\mu\nu}-\dfrac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R+g_{\mu\nu}\Lambda=0$$ How can I show that $$R_{\mu\nu}= \frac{\Lambda}{\frac{D}{...
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Is boundary well defined if variation of metric don't vanish on the boundary?

Suppose that you want to calculate the variation $\delta S$ of an action induced by some arbitrary variation $\delta g_{\mu \nu}$ of the spacetime metric : \begin{equation} S = \int_{\Omega} \mathscr{...
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Local inertial frame

In general relativity we introduce local inertial frames to be such frames where the laws of special relativity holds. Let $\xi^{\alpha}$ the coordinates in the local inertial frame, so we get $$ds^2=...
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Expression for the energy in the limit case of weak gravitational field

I'm trying to solve the following problem of General Relativity. Consider a particle of mass $m$ which moves following a geodesic in a space-time with metric $$ ds^2 = - e^{2U_n(\textbf{x})/c^2}c^...
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Variation of det metric tensor

I have the metric tensor $g_{\mu\nu}$. I want to make the variation of $\sqrt{-g}$ where $g=detg_{\mu\nu}$. Can I make this work? $\sqrt{-g}=\sqrt{-e^{Tr(log(g_{\mu\nu}))}}=\sqrt{-e^{-Tr(log(g^{\mu\...
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Why can't we fix the metric and its derivatives at boundary, with the variational method?

In general relativity and for its Einstein-Hilbert action, we usually ask that the metric variations $\delta g_{\mu \nu}$ cancel on the boundary $\partial \, \Omega$ of some region $\Omega$ of the ...
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Metric of an accelerated reference frame (without gravitation)

If we look at a flat Minkowski space-time (without any gravitation) an choose an accelerated frame of reference, what happens to the metric tensor is it still in Minkowski coordinates or will he be ...
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Expanding the Ricci tensor by summing over indices

I had an attempt at deriving the Schwarzschild metric. This is a 4-dimensional problem where the indices are being summed from 0 to 3. I got up to the part where I calculate the Ricci tensor which is ...
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How to derive the relation satisfied by “gravitational magnetic field” from an equation of the Weyl tensor?

Let us call the spacetime $M$ with a metric $g_{ab}$. There is a unit spacelike vector field $\eta^a$ orthogonal to a hypersurface. So that we can define the so-called gravitational electric and ...
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How many degrees of freedom to diagonalize the metric?

In A. Zee's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell, he starts with the following expansion of the metric at some point $P$ of a Riemannian manifold, with coordinates $x^\mu$ that have the origin at $P$: $$ ...
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Why does the FLRW metric assume constant curvature?

So the FLRW metric takes the following form in reduced-circumference polar coordinates. $$\mathrm ds^2 = -c^2 \mathrm dt^2 + a^2(t) \left(\frac{\mathrm dr^2}{1 - k\, r^2} + r^2 (\mathrm d\theta^2+\...
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Does $g_{\mu\mu}$ in an expression follow the Einstein summation convention?

Assume that I have the expression for a Christoffel symbol: $$ \Gamma^\mu_{\alpha \beta}=\frac{1}{2}g^{\mu \lambda}(\partial_\alpha g_{\beta \lambda}+\partial_\beta g_{\alpha \lambda} - \partial_\...
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Solving the Stress-energy-momentum tensor with metric

Let's say I want to find an expression for $T_{00}$ in Einstein field equations given a particular metric. I need to find first $g_{00}$, which is not complicated to find, and $R_{00}$ which is ...
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GR: Pseudo Riemannian or Riemannian?

Is General Relativityy described by Pseudo-Riemannian manifold or Riemannian manifold? I cannot understand the vast difference between the two manifolds. In books, General Relativity is looked as a ...
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Explicit calculation using metric tensor

I'm trying to calculate the following quantity: $$S_{\bar{\alpha} \bar{\beta}} \equiv \left( \Lambda^{-1} \right)^\alpha_{ \ \bar{\alpha}} \left( \Lambda^{-1} \right)^\beta_{ \ \bar{\beta}} \eta_{\...
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Killing Vectors in Schwarzschild Metric

Given the Schwarzschild metric with $(-,+,+,+)$ signature, $$\text ds^2=-\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)dt^2+\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)^{-1}dr^2+r^2(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta\,d\phi^2)$$ the lack of ...
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Typo or not in those GR notes?

Given $$ds^2=-A(r)dt^2+B(r)dr^2+2C(r)drdt+D(r)r^2(d\theta^2+\sin^2d\phi^2),\tag{23.1}$$ we want to eliminate that cross term $2C(r)drdt$ Upon change of variable such that. This can happen upon $$T(t,...
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Killing vectors in General Relativity?

I'm looking to derive the surface area of the event horizon of a Schwarzschild black hole. I was just wondering if it were possible for someone to explain to me this: $$ \sqrt{g_{\theta\theta}g_{\phi\...
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Gravitational Time Dilation and Schwarzschild Coordinates

So I'm trying to use this equation for the time dilation of an object, but I don't know how to get the distance that I have (in meters) to a radial coordinate in terms of schwarzschild coordinates. ...
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Maintaining symmetry? [closed]

Minkowski metric is found to be $$ds^2=-dt^2+dr^2+r^2d\Omega^2$$ where $d\Omega^2$ is the metric on a unit two-sphere. Why should we keep track of the $d\Omega^2$ so that spherical symmetry holds ...
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Why do people put exponentials there

In his book, Sean Carroll, says p. 194 chapter 5: To impose spherical symmetry, we begin b writing the metric of Minkowski space in polar coordinates $x^{\mu}=(t,r, \theta, \phi)$: $$ ds^2=-dt^2+...
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Finding the Riemann tensor for the surface of a sphere with sympy.diffgeom

I have implemented a SymPy program that can calculate the Riemann curvature tensor for a given curve element. However, I am encountering problems solving for the case when the curve element is the ...
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Absolute direction in space [closed]

Rotation, from my understanding, is basically the "exchanging of different spatial dimensions with eachother", with $x^2+y^2=d^2$ being the "relationship" between any two spatial dimensions, aka. if ...
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Lowering/raising metric indexes

So, I was chatting with a friend and we noticed something that might be very, very, very stupid, but I found it at least intriguing. Consider Minkowski spacetime. The trace of a matrix $A$ can be ...
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How can we recover the Newtonian gravitational potential from the metric of general relativity?

The Newtonian description of gravity can be formulated in terms of a potential function $\phi$ whose partial derivatives give the acceleration: $$\frac{d^2\vec{x}}{dt^2}=\vec{g}=-\vec{\nabla}\phi(x)=\...
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How does a metric of the form $\mathrm{d}z \mathrm{d}\bar z$ work, if $z$ and $\bar z$ are not independent? [duplicate]

My question is motivated by 2D CFT where one works in "complex coordinates". The question is the following: Suppose I am in 2D flat Euclidean space, i.e. $$\mathrm{d}s^2 = \mathrm{d}x^2 + \mathrm{d}y^...
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Minkowski metric and Null tetrad metric

I'm starting with the Newman-Penrose formalism and have a very basic question that I'm very confused about. The standard Minkoswki metric is $\eta_{ab}=\mathrm{diag}(-1,1,1,1)$. Is then the null ...
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Tetrad formalism vs coordinate formalism example

Sources I have been reading Chapter 11 and 25 of Andrew Hamilton's amazing notes which has some material on tetrad formalism in general relativity (formulating GR in coordinate-free fashion). ...
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Is it true that GR waves can interfere if and only if the change to the metric can take negative values?

This appears to be a unique question compared to other topics about electromagnetic waves or quantum mechanics already on Stack Exchange. The topic on resonance doesn't really answer this question. ...
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Norm of Dilatation operator [closed]

The dilatation operator is given by $$D=x^{a}\frac{\partial}{\partial x^{a}}+z\frac{\partial}{\partial z}$$ How the norm can be $$D^{2}=\frac{L^{2}}{z^{2}}(\eta_{\mu\nu}x^{\mu}x^{\nu}+z^{2})$$ where ...
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Schwarzschild metric in lower-dimensional spaces

I was trying to explain the consequences of the Schwarzschild metric to someone last night and obviously it's pretty difficult to conceptualize in four-dimensional spacetime. Elementary googling has ...
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Gradient one-form [duplicate]

I am trying to understand what gradient one-form means actually. In the book that I'm following (A first course on General Relativity by Schutz) it's told that gradient is a one-form and it's ...
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Physically what does warping (of space-time) mean?

So there's general relativity and Einstein's field equations that tell us "mass(or equivalently energy) warps space-time, and the warping tells mass how to move", but I'm still having trouble ...