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On local inertial frame and acceleration in general relativity

[Q1] In the general relativity, a local inertial frame is mentioned. The local inertial frame is a notion, which is related to (or represents) the equivalent principle. Here, I understand that, in ...
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Special Relativity pothole paradox

Consider a man who is 1 metre in width and is running (at relativistic speeds) towards a pothole in the ground which is also 1 meter in width. In the reference frame of the man it appears as though ...
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In Special Relativity, is it allowed to ask 'How much time has elapsed in a second inertial frame at a particular moment in the first inertial frame'?

Or is it a meaningless question? For example, A and his friend B are the same age initially. B travels relative to A at a very high speed. A keeps observing B from his frame. At one moment, A ...
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Black Holes without Schwartzschild Radius condition? [duplicate]

Reading this comment makes me ask what does that actually mean that In fact, if you are close enough to $c$, the mass-equivalent of your kinetic energy may be enough to make you appear as a black ...
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Can the fact that the vacuum energy in curved spacetime is not boost invariant be explained without mathematics?

I read in an answer to a question if Hawking radiation can be explained without too much mathematics that this is impossible insofar the vacuum energy is not boost invariant in a curved spacetime. ...
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What's incorrect about this reasoning regarding special relativity?

Say two spaceships start at the same point and from the vantage point of your inertial reference frame $S$, Spaceship A travels at $.75c$ and Spaceship B travels at $.25c$, travelling in the same ...
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Concerning the increase in mass as velocity increases [duplicate]

This increase in mass is relativistic. Let an object approach the velocity of light, as it does we as observers notice that its moving very slowly, and it's mass is increasing significantly. What ...
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If I place a live video camera on another planet where time moves with a different speed

remember that movie "Interstellar"? Where the astronauts came to a planet where one hour here ment 7 years back on earth? Well, if you don't: Imagine a planet, far, far away where time moves in a ...
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Black Holes to an outside observer

If an object were to fall into a black hole, would the inability of light escaping cause that object to stand still from an outside observer's perspective? If not, then would the bent spacetime cause ...
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Explanation for a much simpler version of the twin paradox?

I have seen the classical twin paradox before. It uses a twin stationary on Earth and the other traveling away and back. I have seen many contradictory solutions for it, some use general relativity, ...
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Wave particle duality/double slit experiment

In double slit experiment, if flux of electrons are very low, then.. if one "observes" the electrons before it has reached the slit, it "behaves" as a particle and this is due to the interaction (...
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Black Holes and Time [duplicate]

My understanding is that if I am outside a black hole and watch something fall in, the object will appear to slow down and will never actually get sucked in. So how can we ever get a black hole if ...
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How would an observer extremely close to light speed perceive (experience) the universe?

In the following we consider an Earth bound reference frame. For an observer very close (but under) the light speed, radiation from the universe would emanate from a single point in the direction of ...
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Video of Double Slit Experiment Observer Effect

I have been watching a lot of videos of the double slit experiment and trying to wrap my head around it. I found examples of where the experiment has been done, however the videos cut out and only ...
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Can a black hole event horizon form before the singularity for an outside observer?

This is not a duplicate, my question is not about whether BHs have or don't have a singularity, but my question is whether, because of time dilation, no matter has reached the center and formed a ...
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Twin paradox with one twin in orbit, one in radial free-fall

Many questions on Physics SE relate to the twin paradox, but I did not find any that ask this specific question. Suppose that object A is in a circular orbit around a spherically symmetric, non-...
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Minkowski diagram

I have not well understood the picture of geogebra regarding the angle of time (t') that is inclined compared to (t) of 26.57°angle . In the picture we see that the velocity is setted at 0.5c, for ...
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Can black holes form in a finite amount of time?

One thing I know about black holes is that an object gets closer to the event horizon, gravitation time dilation make it move more slower from an outside perspective, so that it looks like it take an ...
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Schutz's geometrical proof that spacetime interval is invariant

I'm trying to understand the proof that spacetime interval is invariant under for any two inertial observers. I know it's easy to arrive at the result using Lorentz transformation but I'm trying to ...
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Rindler observers are at rest with respect to each other?

I'm studying a chapter about Rindler coordinates right now. In this they say that two Rindler observers at $x = 1/a_1$ and $x= 1/a_2$ will both have speed $v =0$ at $\tau = 0$ compared to the inertial ...
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Would an observer going faster than the speed of light in a vacuum be able to observe photons that they emit? [closed]

If I could exceed the speed of light in a vacuum, would I be able to see photons that I previously emitted? Would this be theoretically possible?
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Is an event horizon absolute to all observers?

Recently I had discussion whether the event horizon of a black hole is absolute or relative to different (outside) observers. Does someone just 1m above the horizon (disregarding effects of tidal ...
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If the faster I go, the slower time becomes for me, then does that mean the slower I go the faster time becomes?

Disclaimer - I’m not a trained physicist. I just have an interest in the subject so this question is probably going to come across really confusing but I’m trying my hardest to explain. So firstly, ...
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Why does time slow down ONLY for objects travelling at high speeds?

Today in physics class, we learned about the theory of relativity and how it relates to time dilation. We were given the example of two photon clocks- one stationary relative to the Earth, and the ...
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How can anything ever fall into a black hole as seen from an outside observer?

The event horizon of a black hole is where gravity is such that not even light can escape. This is also the point I understand that according to Einstein time dilation will be infinite for a far-away-...
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How do we know who is moving? [duplicate]

If I am in a free float environment and there is another object at rest relative to me, and then I start to accelerate towards this object, do I know I am the one who is moving, since I am the one who ...
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Thought experiment: if an observer can travel at the speed of light [closed]

What would the observer see if he could travel at the speed of light and shot a photon beam at the same time?
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Solving the ladder paradox: Minkowski distance leads to a contradiction

Consider the ladder paradox; Let the length of the barn in its fixed frame be $80m$, and consider the ladder's reference frame which is moving toward the barn with a speed $v$, and in ladder's frame ...
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In QM does the observer really perturb the system to make a measurement?

It is commonly taught in introductory QM courses that in order to get to know the position or momentum of a particle, be it by "sending a photon" or similar experiments, the measurement necessarily ...
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Isn't the uncertainty principle just non-fundamental limitations in our current technology that could be removed in a more advanced civilization?

From what I understand, the uncertainty principle states that there is a fundamental natural limit to how accurately we can measure velocity and momentum at the same time. It's not a limit on ...
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How does gravity slow a clock at a distance?

If you have two identical clocks that are synchronized and then you move one significantly closer to a black hole but still far from the black hole, the closer clock will mark time slower than the ...
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Is the M87 black hole really a black hole? [duplicate]

I apologize if this is a silly question, but... From what I've been told, new black holes cannot form, because time slows to nearly stopped as matter approaches the event horizon. Instead, a new ...
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Definition of observer and time measured by different observers in general relativity

An observer in general relativity is defined as a future directed timelike worldline \begin{align*} \gamma:I \subset \mathbb R &\to M \\ \lambda &\mapsto \gamma(\lambda) \end{align*} together ...
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Problem with speed of light

I constructed a thought experiment, can't figure the answer. Two long (say $1\ \rm{km}$ long) railway cars are on parallel east-west tracks in a zero gravity environment. Each car has a light source ...
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Help me to understand how time is relative!

I'm a bit confused about how time can be relative. Example: if a cosmic event happened that could be observed from earth, multiple times, because light from this event reached earth at different times ...
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Einstein's train experiment with clocks

Referring to Einstein's train hit by lightning bolts thought experiment. What if, in the middle of the train, together with the moving observer there is a stopwatch, with 2 displays. One display ...
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Why is time-order invariant in timelike interval?

Why do two observers measure the same order of events if we are inside the light cone? (e.g. if $ds^2 > 0$ time-order is preserved according to the classical mechanics book I am reading, but it ...
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The ladder paradox - with equal lengths

Take the usual ladder paradox in special relativity, but this time the ladder and the barn have the same length, at rest. Since each one of them contracts when viewed in the rest frame of the other, I ...
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Question on Painlevé Gullstrand coordinates

A known set of coordinates used for the Schwarzschild metric is the Painlevé-Gullstrand coordinates. They consist in performing a change from coordinate time $t$ to the proper time $T$ of radially ...
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Reciprocal Time Dilation in Special Relativity [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand theory of special relativity, but there is one thing that really makes me confused which is reciprocal time dilation in special relativity. In special relativity, the time ...
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Communication near a black hole

One ship is in a stable orbit outside of the event horizon of a very large black hole so that there is significant time dilation. Another ship is in its own orbit around the same black hole, but at a ...
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What would an external observer see happen to objects entering an evaporating black hole?

As I understand it, objects passing the event horizon of a black hole from their perspective will, from an external perspective, seem to keep approaching but never reach the event horizon. Given this, ...
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Is Einstein's train-lightening thought experiment consistent with Special Relativity? [closed]

Einstein’s train-lightening thought experiment contains only inertial motion so SR says we can ascribe relative motion and relative rest to either reference frame. Although it is not stated in the ...
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What creates the physical difference in ageing when travelling close to the speed of light? [duplicate]

I probably have a fundamental misunderstanding, so correct me if I'm wrong. When travelling close to the speed of light, movers experience time dilation, which is what results in the phenomenon of ...
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Present vs Past in Cosmological time

My question is in regard to “seeing back in time” when observing objects in space. I understand the concept that light takes a certain amount of time to reach the earth and we can determine the ...
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Velocity in different time frames

A satellite orbiting the earth experiences time faster than a person on earth as its in a weaker gravitational field (which has a greater effect than the slowing down of time caused by its motion) ...
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Relativity Confusion

In the time dilation formula $\Delta t=\gamma\Delta t_0$, I am confused about what $\Delta t$ and $\Delta t_0$ measure. If we have two people, Tom and Bob, moving at constant velocity relative to ...
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Recordings of journey traveling near speed of light

If you had two identical video cameras and started recording synchronized atomic clocks recording at the same speed and you put one on the spaceship and sent it out traveling at 99% of the speed of ...
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Special Relativity - two beams of light in opposite direction

I just want to first say that I'm aware I am asking a question due to my own confusion and ignorance and not because of anything to do with special relativity. I hope that's alright. What I'm ...