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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 any quantum gravity theories deal with closed timelike curves?

As far as I'm aware, there are no quantum gravity theories that deal directly with closed timelike curves. Some of them (like canonical quantum gravity, causal dynamical triangulation and loop quantum ...
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Metric of an Evaporating Black Hole

The famous Hawking calculation is done with an assumption that the background is static, i.e. the evaporation doesn't change the mass parameter in the metric. Thus, we simply describe the geometry ...
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Lowest 'Order' of Radiation

I've noticed an interesting phenomenon (admittedly from only two data points). In electromagnetism, $A^\mu$ obeys Maxwell's equations: $$ \square A^{\mu} = j^\mu . $$ where I've chosen $\mu_0 = \...
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Holonomy group of Schwarzschild spacetime, other interesting examples?

I'm teaching myself a little about holonomy groups in the context of general relativity. This paper by Hall and Lonie classifies a lot of the possibilities for simply connected spacetimes in 3+1 ...
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Derivatives of distributions in general relativity

I am having some trouble when trying to reproduce some calculations involving the description of distributions (mostly used in spacetime junction conditions). I am trying to reproduce the ...
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Do the Planck voltage and the Planck current have a natural physical interpretation in classical general relativity?

Most Planck units are a product of powers of all three of $\hbar$, $c$, and $G$, so we will not be able to fully understand their physical significance until we have a full theory of quantum gravity. ...
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What are Galileons good for?

Lately I've seen many papers (for example "The galileon as a local modification of gravity"; 292 total hits on the arXiv) on types of field theories known as Galileons, and I'm wondering what the ...
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Candidates for holographic QFT of 4D Einstein gravity

If we are to believe that holographic principle holds over a wide number of dimensions, and gravitational theories, but specially, those that are relevant to our universe, then there must be some 3D ...
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Basic questions on the PPN formalism in General Relativity

I'm trying to learn about testing modified gravity using the PPN formalism. I have several textbooks that I am reading through (including Clifford Will's book), and have some basic questions on the ...
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Existence of the Unruh effect

In the paper Quantum field aspect of Unruh problem (and others with similar approaches) the author shows that applying the rigorous algebraic approach to QFT, the derivation of the Unruh effect ...
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View of the sky from inside a black hole

Consider an observer located at radius $r_o$ from a Schwarzschild black hole of radius $r_s$. The observer may be inside the event horizon ($r_o < r_s$). Suppose the observer receives a light ray ...
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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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The ADM energy of gravitational waves?

I have been looking for books about this question for several days. However, almost all books use Landau–Lifshitz pseudotensor to calculate the energy of gravitational waves. And they said the result ...
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gravitational convergence of light

light has a non-zero energy-stress tensor, so a flux of radiation will slightly affect curvature of spacetime Question: assume a flux of radiation in the $z$ direction, in flat Minkowski space it ...
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Can tachyons escape the gravitational pull of a classical black hole?

Anything that crosses the event horizon of a black hole cannot escape the pull since it has crossed the Schwarzschild radius and thus, the escape velocity is greater than the speed of light, and since ...
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What is the difficulty in extending geometrodynamics to non-abelian fields?

In an attempt to widen my own horizons I've decided to educate myself in Wheeler's Geometrodynamics. In the so-called "already unified theory" one can essentially reproduce an electromagnetic field ...
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What is the Chandrasekhar-Friedman-Schutz (CFS) instability, exactly?

I am confused as to what the Chandrasekhar-Friedman-Schutz (CFS) instability is, exactly. It seems to partially refer to this paper (https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.24.611) ...
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One-particle states in curved spacetimes

In QFT in Minkowski Spacetime it is usual to link the one-particle states to unitary representations of the Poincaré group. The argument, which can be seen in Weinberg's QFT book, is roughly as ...
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What are problematic issues of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, when accepting semiclassical limitation?

The question is inspired from the answer to Is a QFT in a classical curved spacetime background a self-consistent theory? (I am going to reference this link as "The Q" to avoid confusion). As far as ...
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Does a classical charge naturally have spin in a non-flat FLRW universe?

I was recently reading a paper https://arxiv.org/abs/0912.0225 which describes Coulomb's law in a closed universe. I've seen the argument from several sources that the total electric charge in a ...
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What methodologies present in MTW's Gravitation are outdated and why?

MTW's Gravitation is regarded by many universities as the standard graduate-level book on General Relativity. However, is the methodology of the book of contemporary character? The cosmology part of ...
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The color of deep space background of an arbitrary universe

While writing my notes on cosmology in general relativity and the Olber's paradox, I was wondering about the color of the deep background of space. Our universe is mostly black because light didn't ...
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Metric transformation, polygons and gravitons

I'm trying to understand the paper by Hitchin called: ''Polygons and gravitons". I'm stuck at page 471. At this point, he does some computations and obtains a metric: $$ \gamma dz d\bar{z}+\gamma^{...
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Radiative equilibrium in orbit of a black hole

According to Life under a black sun, Miller's planet from Interstellar, with a time dilation factor of 60,000, should be heated to around 890C by blue-shifted cosmic background radiation. How they ...
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Variation of the Einstein-Hilbert action in D dimensions without the Gibbons-Hawking-York term

Consider the standard Einstein-Hilbert action in $D \ne 2$ dimensions spacetimes : \begin{equation} S_{EH} = \frac{1}{2 \kappa} \int_{\Omega} R \; \sqrt{- g} \; d^D x, \end{equation} where $\Omega$ is ...
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Physical motivation for mathematically extending solutions to Einstein's equations

Sorry if this question gets a little long; I want to explain why I'm asking it. The usual Schwarzchild metric $$ds^2 = -\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right) dt^2 + \left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)^{-1} dr^2 + r^2(...
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Is there a null incomplete spacetime which is spacelike and timelike complete?

Geodesic completeness, the fact we can make the domain of the geodesic parametrized with respect an affine parameter the whole real line, is an important concept in GR. Especially, because the lack of ...
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Questions on Penrose's paper - Conformal Treatment of Infinity

I have several questions. Perhaps it would be better to separate them into different posts. However, given their relative closeness to each other, I think putting it all in one place would be better. ...
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Significance for LQG of Sen's result on entropy of black holes?

Sen 2013 says, ...we apply Euclidean gravity to compute logarithmic corrections to the entropy of various non-extremal black holes in different dimensions [...] For Schwarzschild black holes in ...
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What really are exotic supersymmetric black holes?

I have just read (in the black holes chapter 14 on p244 of this book Ref.1) that in string theory, when one adds an (electric?) charge $Q$ to a static black hole, one can arrive at an exotic ...
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Implications of Unruh-inertia to theories of gravity

If it turns out to be true that the galaxy rotation curves can be explained away by Unruh modes that become greater than the Hubble scale at accelerations around $10^{-10} m/s^2$ as proposed in here, ...
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Observational evidence for wormholes, or not?

The Wikipedia article on wormholes claims: Researchers have some observational evidence for wormholes, and the equations of the theory of general relativity have valid solutions that contain ...
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How to show the Gauss-Bonnet term is a total derivative?

It is well-known that the Gauss-Bonnet term $$\mathcal L_G =R^2 -4 R_{\mu\nu}R^{\mu\nu}+R_{\mu\nu\rho\sigma}R^{\mu\nu\rho\sigma}\tag 1$$ do not contributes to equations of motion when adding it to ...
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Conservation of Komar Mass

The definition of Komar Mass in GR is associated with one asymptotically flat end. However, a hypersurface may contain more than one end, such as the spacelike Einstein-Rosen bridge in Kruskal ...
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Relativistic rotational squeezing?

I would like to consider a sphere rotating at very high angular speeds, such that the speed in its equator would be relativistic. This is very similar to Ehrenfest paradox situation, except that ...
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Will a black hole cause scattering of a gravitational wave?

In my GR textbook, it states that gravitational waves can undergo interference but not scattering. I am just starting the chapter on linearised gravity concepts (weak field approximation) and my ...
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Escape velocity for Schwarzschild metric

I can't fill in the gaps in my solution to this and assistance or a reference would be appreciated. The question begins with the straightforward derivation of the EoM for a massive particle orbiting ...
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Topology of spacetime in 2+1 dimension

In the book Quantum Gravity in 2+1 dimension by S. Carlip, in the second chapter (section 2.1), he comments that a compact 3-manifold with a flat time orientable Lorentzian metric and a purely ...
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What is the state-of-the-art on spacelike singularities in string theory?

What lessons do we have from string theory regarding the fate of singularities in general relativity? What happens to black hole singularities? What happens to cosmological singularities? Which ...
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Graviton detector thought experiment

I was recently thinking of a thought experiment: Assumptions Graviton detectors can exist The equivalence principle will hold in the final theory of quantum gravity We can accelerate the graviton ...
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Definition of gravity path integral?

In a non-abelian gauge theory there is a "fundamental" gauge field $A_\mu^a$ with gauge index $a$ often called connection. Although $ A_\mu^a$ is not gauge invariant, gauge invariant quantities can be ...
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Weak gravity limit of (Einstein-Hilbert + matter) action

The problem Consider the following euclidean action $$ S_E = - \int_{\mathcal{M}} d^4x \sqrt{g} \left [\frac{R}{2 \kappa} +\mathcal{L}_M \right ] + S_{GHY},$$ where $S_{GHY} = -\int_{\partial \...
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Aren't black holes required to exist forever in our frame of reference?

I know that for an observer far away, nothing ever crosses a black hole horizon (due to time dilation), while in the frame of reference of a falling observer the horizon is nothing special on its way ...
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General Relativity as a Special Relativistic Field Theory

In this question, I want to consider only the classical case. I have seen the statement that general relativity can be considered as a spin-2 field living on a Minkowski background. In that case, you ...
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In a perturbative FRW cosmology, why do constant-density hypersurfaces define a good gauge?

It appears to be common in the discussion of perturbative FRW cosmologies to choose a gauge using hypersurfaces for special values of some quantity, like surfaces of constant density $\rho$, constant ...
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Can some components of metric be Finslerian while the others be Riemannian?

A Finsler metric reduces to a Riemann metric in case it loses its dependence on velocities. Now, my question is this: Can we have a Finsler metric in which some components of the metric have velocity ...
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General relativity from helicity 2 massless field theory by using Deser's arguments

Recently I have discovered the method of constructing of GR from massless field with helicity 2 theory. It is considered here, in an article "Self-Interaction and Gauge Invariance" written by Deser S. ...
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How to obtain the free energy of the canonical ensemble in Euclidean general relativity?

If the gravitational field couples with matter fields, such as a charged scalar field, I know the partition function of the grand canonical ensemble naturally relates to the path-integral expression ...
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Do semiclassical GR and charge quantisation imply magnetic monopoles?

Assuming charge quantisation and semiclassical gravity, would the absence of magnetically charged black holes lead to a violation of locality, or some other inconsistency? If so, how? (I am not ...
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Asymptotic Invariants in General Relativity

I was trying to understand Witten's proof of the Positive Energy Theorem in General Relativity by reading the original argument given by Witten. I am comfortable with the overall argument, but I would ...