A rank-2 tensor in relativity, which expresses the flux of energy-momentum along timelike and spacelike axes. Also known as the energy-momentum tensor. In the Einstein field equations, it is the source of gravitational fields.

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Definition of stress at the microscale

Take, for simplicity, a Lennard-Jones fluid below the critical temperature, which is to say that there is a phase separation into fluid and gas and thus an interface is formed. The macroscale picture ...
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Why is gravity sensitive to absolute energies?

In QFT absolute energies play no role in the physical set-up, only relative energies (i.e. energy differences) are important. However, in general relativity this doesn't appear to be the case, I've ...
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If energy isn't globally conserved, can we extract useful “free” work?

Previously, we discussed why energy is not globally conserved under general relativity. It seems counterintuitive to me, however. Does this mean we can extract useful work from this "free" energy? ...
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Why does no physical energy-momentum tensor exist for the gravitational field?

Starting with the Einstein-Hilbert Lagrangian $$ L_{EH} = -\frac{1}{2}(R + 2\Lambda)$$ one can formally calculate a gravitational energy-momentum tensor $$ T_{EH}^{\mu\nu} = -2 \frac{\delta ...
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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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Difference between pressure and stress tensor

What is the difference between hydrostatic pressure and stress tensor?
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Maxwell Stress Tensor at material boundaries

I am trying to grasp the meaning of the Maxwell Stress tensor $T_i^j$ at material boundaries. Concretely, I am trying to calculate the force between two waveguides. The results are given in an article ...
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Shawyer EM Drive — Momentum Conservation Violation

I have been following the developments around the Shawyer EM drive for about 2 years now as NASA and other parties test it out in various environments. To preface, I would very much like to see the EM ...
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Is energy conserved in general relativity? Does $\nabla_aT^{ab}_{\rm matter}=0$ represent the conservation of energy and momentum?

For example, the radiation dominated cosmology, the energy density of radiation is proportional to $a^{-4}$ and the volume is proportional to $a^3$, where $a$ is the scale factor. So the total energy ...
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Is every spacetime metric physically realizable?

Is every spacetime metric physically realizable? I know that given any spacetime metric, you could work out a stress-energy tensor for each position that would result in that metric. However, I also ...
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Does the actual curvature of spacetime hold energy?

My understanding of GR is that curvature of spacetime reflects the density of energy-matter. Does the curvature itself have energy? Or if energy is assigned to curvature it simply reflects the energy ...
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Does spacetime curvature increase when an attractor's potential energy is converted to kinetic energy?

Imagine an asymptotically flat spacetime with nothing but two stars at a certain distance. They fall into each other and form one big star, so their potential energy is converted to kinetic energy. ...
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What component of the stress–energy tensor contains the kinetic energy of heat? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the component $T_{00}$ of the stress-energy tensor contains the energy density (which equals the mass density), $T_{0i}$ are the impulse flows (intuitively speaking, the ...
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Why is the stress-energy tensor symmetric?

The relativistic stress-energy tensor $T$ is important in both special and general relativity. Why is it symmetric, with $T_{\mu\nu}=T_{\nu\mu}$? As a secondary question, how does this relate to the ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor in QFT vs. GR

What is the correspondence between the conserved canonical energy-momentum tensor, which is $$ T^{\mu\nu}_{can} := \sum_{i=1}^N\frac{\delta\mathcal{L}_{Matter}}{\delta(\partial_\mu f_i)}\partial^\nu ...
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Prove that $T_{00}$, $T_{10}$, $T_{01}$, and $T_{11}$ are all $L/(4\pi x^2)$ at $(ct, x, 0, 0)$ for star of constant luminosity $L$

We have a star of constant luminosity $L$. We want to prove that the components $T_{00}$, $T_{10}$, $T_{01}$ and $T_{11}$ are all the same for the event $(ct,x,0,0)$ and they are all $L/(4\pi x^2)$. ...
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What does Weinberg–Witten theorem want to express?

Weinberg-Witten theorem states that massless particles (either composite or elementary) with spin $j > 1/2$ cannot carry a Lorentz-covariant current, while massless particles with spin $j > 1$ ...
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What is the value of the variation stress energy tensor?

If we are living in a portion of space-time where the metric is very close to flat space and we know that the stress energy tensor is negligible at this portion of space-time is it ok to assume that ...
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Interpretation of a term in the Maxwell stress tensor

With no magnetism, the $xx$ component of the Maxwell stress tensor $T$ is $$T_{xx} = \frac{1}{2}(E_x^2 - E_y^2 - E_z^2)$$ I can see why there should be a $+E_x^2$ term, but intuitively I don't see why ...
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Lack of symmetry of the canonical stress-energy tensor

Why in the general case of classical field theory canonical stress-energy tensor doesn't have symmetry of the permutation of the indices? For explanation, let's have a "derivation" of an expression ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor for Electromagnetism in Curved Space

$\newcommand{\l}{\mathcal L} \newcommand{\g}{\sqrt{-g}}$$\newcommand{\fdv}[2]{\frac{\delta #1}{\delta #2}}$I want to calculate the energy-momentum tensor in curved free space by functional ...
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From Noether's theorem to canonical Energy-Momentum tensor using translations

In this text that I am reading it says that the transformation $\delta \phi(x)$ is a symmetry if the Lagrangian changes by a total derivative: $$\delta \mathcal{L}= \partial_{\mu}F^{\mu} . $$ From ...
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Normal of a null surface and null junction conditions in general relativity

I am trying to use the null junction formalism in general relativity (as explained in eg http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.43.3763&rep=rep1&type=pdf, "Junctions and thin ...
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Why does a certain covariant derivative of the stress-energy tensor vanish due to diffeomorphism invariance?

In Polchinski's string theory volume 1, at chap 1.2, after equation 1.2.22, he says $$\nabla_{a}T^{ab}=0$$ as a consequence of diffeomorphism invariance. But I cannot derive it. My derivation is ...
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Can the stress energy tensor have nonzero value in a vacuum region?

In general relativity, when solving for the schwartzchild solution, we set $T=0$. 1) Is it possible for the stress energy tensor to have nonzero value in a vacuum region? 2) Is the stress $T=0$ in ...
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Is the stress energy tensor continuous at the interface between an object and vacuum?

The stress energy tensor has (as I understand) zero value in the region where there is no matter and non-zero value where there is matter. Suppose there is one matter object in space, now how does the ...
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Stress-energy tensor on spacetime satisfying Klein-Gordon equation

Consider the stress-energy-momentum tensor $$T_{\alpha \beta}=(\nabla_\alpha \phi )\nabla_\beta \phi -\frac{1}{2}g_{\alpha \beta}((\nabla^\nu \phi ) \nabla_{\nu} \phi +m^2 \phi^2$$ where the ...
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How to determine plastic strain rate

Equivalent plastic strain rate is defined as $$ \dot{\bar{\epsilon}}=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p}\dot{\epsilon_{ij}}^{p} } $$ Where, $ \dot{\bar{\epsilon}}$ is equivalent plastic strain ...
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Stress-energy tensor for a fermionic Lagrangian in curved spacetime - which one appears in the EFE?

So, suppose I have an action of the type: $$ S =\int \text{d}^4 x\sqrt{-g}( \frac{i}{2} (\bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu \nabla^\mu\psi - \nabla^\mu\bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu \psi) +\alpha \bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu ...
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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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Non-local gravitational energy tensor

The well-known derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz gravitational energy pseudotensor, relies on several requirements: 1) that it be constructed entirely from the metric tensor 2) that it be index ...
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Do anyone know a good software that where I can easily find the metric from the stress-energy tensor? [duplicate]

I'm using SageMath but the obtainment of the metric from the stress-energy tensor is not trivial, i.e., it is not implemented in a predefined function. Do anyone know a good software that where I can ...
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Explosion in a sphere and the Gravitational field outside

Take a hollow sphere and conduct a process on the inside, which transfers mass into kinetic energy (e.g. we let a big nuclear bomb detonate or something like that). For simplicity, assume that this ...
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How does the energy-momentum tensor transform under parity in 2D CFT?

I'm trying to get that if parity is conserved, the two represenations of Virasoro algebra which we get from $L_n$'s and $\bar{L}_n$'s starting from dilatation invariant Wightman theory have the same ...
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What kind of object is the Landau--Lifshitz pseudotensor?

I understand that it's called a pseudotensor because it's not a tensor. Wikipedia says most pseudotensors are sections of jet bundles, which are perfectly valid objects in GR. ...
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Symmetry of the Gravitational Stress Energy pseudo tensor

Recently, I have been reading on the Gravitational Stress-Energy pseudo tensor. It says in Wikipedia that one of the conditions for a suitable GSE pseudo tensor is that it has to be symmetric about ...
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Entropy of the boundary and stress-energy tensor in the bulk

The importance of this result cannot be understated: Positivity, monotonicity and convexity of relative entropy in the boundary is implied by the positivity of the stress-energy density tensor in the ...
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Meaning of these terms for stress fields?

I'm from a math & comp sci background and I'm currently looking at facture theory which deals with stress fields. Can someone explain to me what the following terms represent in the context of a ...
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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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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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The divergence of the Stress Energy Tensor

I have been studying general relativity and I have often seen in textbooks that the divergence of the stress energy tensor is zero. $$T^{\mu\nu}_{;\nu} = 0$$ but is it possible to contract and ...
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Traceless of stress-energy tensor in $d=2$

This is a question regarding Francesco, section 4.3.3. In this section, he considers the two-point function $$ S_{\mu\nu\rho\sigma}(x) = \left< T_{\mu\nu}(x) T_{\rho\sigma}(0)\right> $$ He then ...
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Stress Force - Understanding Cauchy Stress Tensor

I've been trying to understand the derivation for the Cauchy Momentum Equation for so long now, and there is one part that every derivation glides over very quickly with practically no explanation ...
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Maxwell's Stress Tensor

What really is the Maxwell Stress Tensor? I understand that it's derived from $$\mathbf {F} = \int _V ( \mathbf E + \mathbf v \times \mathbf B )\rho \ d \tau$$ Griffiths describes this as "total EM ...
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Converging light

Imagine that we emit a light pulse. As is the nature of light, it will expand. However, light is affected by gravitational fields and light has its own. Therefore, will the light converge given ...
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What is the gravitational effect inside a electromagnetic shield due to an external electromagnetic field?

I am new in General Relativity. I know that electromagnetic field (or, the electromagnetic energy tensor, $T^{ik}=1/4\pi[1/4F_{mn}F^{mn}g^{ik}-F^i_lF^{lk}]$) can affect gravitation. Now if we take a ...
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Derivation of the energy-momentum tensor for an imperfect fluid

In chapter 7 of the "Physical Foundations of Cosmology" Mukhanov uses this energy-momentum tensor for an imperfect fluid: $T^\mu_\nu = (\rho + p)u^\mu u_\nu - p\delta^\mu_\nu - \eta(P^\mu_\gamma ...
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Deriving the energy-momentum tensor conservation equation in complex coordinates, Polchinski 2.4.2

I am trying to derive equation (2.4.2) in Polchinski's string theory textbook, $$\overline \partial T_{zz}=\partial T_{\overline z \overline z} = 0 \tag{2.4.2}.$$ Using the conservation equation, ...
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Why can we not choose the stress tensor in a CFT to be identically symmetric?

The stress tensor for a conformal field theory (or any quantum field theory) can be derived from the action $S$ by the functional derivative $$T^{\mu \nu} ~=~ -\frac{2}{\sqrt{|g|}}\frac{\delta ...
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Calculate energy-density of known plasma in microwave?

Let's assume I want to create a plasma in a regular household microwave similar to this home-made experiment. Although I am dealing with a small amount of mass, I assume that the addition of microwave ...