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Role of the observer in Gödel's universe

I am here to clarify myself about the role of the observer in Gödel's solution (1949) of Einstein's field equations. The Universe we are dealing with is anisotropic, since the axis of rotation ...
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What happens to objects sucked into a black hole after the black hole evaporates away?

Suppose an object falls into a black hole that's so massive that it wouldn't get torn apart at the event horizon. What happens to it after the black hole evaporates away? According to the theory ...
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In special relativity, is there a prescription to find the coordinate transformation to a general (for instance accelerated) observer? And in GR?

Suppose we are in an inertial frame, so that the metric in our coordinates is just the Minkowski metric, \begin{align} \text{d}s^2 = -\text{d}t^2 + \text{d}x^2 + \text{d}y^2 + \text{d}z^2. \end{align} ...
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Does the relative speed of time mean there is less energy where time is slower?

Time runs relatively slower near a planet than in outer space. Does this mean that there is less energy near the planet? Is there a relationship between energy and the speed of time? If so, this ...
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Is there a connection between the energy distribution and time dilation?

Can anyone please help me understand what is descibed bellow? Scenario 1. We have a pair of atomic clocks. Let's call them clock A and clock B. We switch both of them on at the same time. Clock A ...
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Could you actually see the event horizon of a Black Hole?

For years I thought to myself that surely you'd be able to see the event horizon of a Black Hole when looking at it against the surrounding light. I thought that it would be similar to this: Where ...
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Centre of mass in General Relativity

In the paper from Costa 2014, Figure 1, it discusses how the velocity of an observer influences where the center of mass of a spinning object is measured. If an observer is moving with velocity $v$ ...
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Gravitational time dilation and the pace of time

If we are in empty space far from a black hole, at rest relative to the hole, we would look at a clock and a light source inside the gravitational field of the hole, then we would, according to the ...
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Does an object travelling at speeds approaching $c$ observe an increase in the expansion rate of the universe?

According to the theory of special relativity as an object approaches light speed it experiences length contraction. This means that the distance it observes between it and it's destination reduces as ...
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Observers in (Schwarzschild-) de Sitter spacetime

In (pure) de Sitter spacetime, the cosmological horizon is said to be ‘observer dependent’. I imagine that as the observer always being in the center of that horizon. Another (spacelike separated) ...
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Clarification of proper time and inertial frame of reference

“Standing beside railroad tracks, we are suddenly startled by a relativistic boxcar traveling past us as shown in the figure. Inside, a well-equipped hobo fires a laser pulse from the front of the ...
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Operational Definition of Reference Frame in General Relativity

Most treatments of GR begin with the assumption that spacetime is a pseudo-Riemannian manifold (or, sometimes, that it is a more general manifold). But this entails quite a few tacit assumptions about ...
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Does a complete theory of quantum gravity require anthropic post-selection?

Does a complete theory of quantum gravity require anthropic post-selection? Certainly the black hole complimentarity and causal patch conjectures highlights the essential role of observers, at least ...
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Curved space relative motion

Suppose I live in a 2d curved space. I can describe intrinsically the motion of a particle which moves in my 2d manifold using time "t" as a parameter. Now suppose there is a second observer (let's ...
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Reference systems in Special and General Relativity

I am enthralled by the notion of placing observers along with standard identical clocks in a line spaced from one another according to rods of standard length when place next to one another at the ...
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Why can't we take space as universal frame of reference?

Suppose we have a ball filled half with water in space with nothing else around (nothing else in the whole space except the ball) and suddenly it accelerates for time t. obviously, there would be ...
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Einstein's Simultaneous Lighning and the Lorentz Transformation

I am reading Einstein's book, "Relativity: the Special and General Theory" translated by Robert W. Lawson, and I have some questions concerning Special Relativity -- specifically, the thought ...
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Apparent FTL speeds seen by observer

MY guestion is if I was in a ship orbiting a black hole (not very close to the event horizon) I am orbiting pretty far and I am experiencing that my time is slowing down realitive to people on earth. ...
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Entropy and observers

Struggling to understand the stance Bousso takes in his paper, The Entropic Landscape, https://arxiv.org/abs/1001.1155 Is he saying that because only by observing an increase in available state we ...
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Why is the double slit experiment highly regarded as mysterious?

I read in Wikipedia: The need for the "observer" to be conscious has been rejected by mainstream science as a misconception rooted in a poor understanding of the quantum wave function ψ and the ...
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Indeterminacy in Quantum Mechanics

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle tells us that there is a lower limit on the accuracy with which we can determine both the momentum and the position of a particle simultaneously. $\Delta$$x$ $\...
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How does a distant observer see matters that “form” an initial black hole?

I did see Can black holes form in a finite amount of time? but it does not seem to discuss how a distant observer would see evolution of collapsing matters that form a black hole. Does it view these ...
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Special Relativity

Does special relativity require faster than light information transfer to verify length contraction and time dilation? How does the "outside observer" measure these variables? I guess the outside ...
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Can two entangled electrons can get disentagled in Nature, withous us making a measurement?

Imagine we have two free, entangled [by their spins, which are in this case non-separable, while $x$ (or $p$) electrons are clearly separable]. In an experimental setup, we can measure (and observe) ...
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Question about some of the science in “Passengers”

In the movie "Passengers", there is a spaceship that is moving at half of the speed of light towards a destination planet orbiting another star, and the story takes place about 30 years after the ...
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single Observer iterpretation, experiment design

I am thinking of an interpretation of QM in which there is a single Observer (O). That is, its mind's history is marking a special path on the many-world graph, which we identify with reality. This ...
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How to determine the three-velocity measured by a single observer?

In this question the issue of extracting the three-velocity of a test particle in some frame arose. The answer provided by @PaulT and in this paper (arXiv) seems to me to give rise to ambiguity when ...
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How does an observer in arbitrary state of motion assign numbers to events in a flat spacetime?

In a flat spacetime, there is an inertial observer, who assigns events coordinates in a usual fashion: Placing a clock everywhere and synchronize them. From his POV, the other observer is moving in ...
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Why are subjects upside down when I look through my door peephole?

There is a convex lens 3/4" on the outside and 1 1/2" convex lens on the inside. Each lens has one flat side facing out and one convex side facing in. What can be done to correct this image?
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Does curved spacetime arise from inhomogeneity of gravitational field?

In general relativity textbooks such as Sean Carroll's Spacetime and Geometry, there is often a line of reasoning that goes like this: Strong equivalence principle states that free falling frames are ...
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Derivative of energy in General Relativity

I have found this equality that is the derivative of the energy for a local observer in GR, with energy defined as $E=-p^\mu u_\mu$: $$dE/d\tau = -p^\mu p^\nu\nabla_{(\mu}u_{\nu)}$$ trying to derive ...
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Observers at rest and simultaneity

Suppose we have two observers A and B and they are at rest. Observer A observes two objects falling from height H (A has same distance between the two objects). Does observer B will measure different ...
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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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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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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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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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Does absolute motion/stillness exist?

I am not a physicist :) I (think I) understand the idea that motion can be relative in the sense that, I'm standing still inside a moving train in regards to the moving train itself, but I'm moving ...
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Equivalence in all inertial frames

Suppose there is a train moving to the right. and inside the train there is an observer, A. Outside the track, there is another observer B. When the train passes in front of B, right at the instant ...
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Interdependence of time, the speed of light and distance in General Relativity

In the relation $$ \text{time}\cdot\text{speed of light} = \text{distance}\,,$$ by definition, the speed of light is constant. When bringing a clock, like in a GPS satellite, up into orbit, i.e. ...
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Clearing up a discrepancy when deriving the Lorentz transformation from length contraction

I've been working through the Feynman Lectures on Physics. I'm currently on lecture 15: The Special Theory of Relativity, specifically 15-5, the section on the deriving the Lorentz Transformation ...
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Reference when measuring the speed of fast moving objects

Let's assume an object is moving at a speed of V=50% of the speed of light, so the time in the frame of this moving object becomes slower by an amount of X. when we say time becomes slower by, it ...
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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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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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What (if any) significance exists in the analogy between the speed of light limit and the Schwartzchild radius of a black hole

I have always been intrigued by what seems to be very similar characteristic of the phenomena of traveling very, very fast, (close to the speed of light , and the Schwartzchild radius. AS a body gets ...
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Do multi-state of entangled particles exists?

I haven't taken any course in Quantum mechanics. But I felt "Quantum Entanglement" quite interesting. I recently read some articles on it. But I am not sure if I understood anything or satisfied with ...
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Force seen by an observer traveling near the speed of light

Suppose there is a wind with velocity $v \ll c$, which is blowing on a person who is moving at velocity $u \ll c$ (both in the $x$-direction). In the rest frame of the person, the wind exerts a force $...
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Is there an observer dependent temperature everywhere in spacetime?

A temperature $T=\dfrac{\hbar a}{2\pi c k_B}$ is associated to an uniformly accelerated observer. He feels this temperature all along his trajectory. The inertial observer will not assign this ...
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Trying to understand relativistic equation related to energy released from two particle colliding near speed of light

Here is what blogging my mind. For simplicity, let's assume that there are only three particles in the universe, particle A, B, and C. Particle A and B going on the head on collision at near speed ...
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Observers without point of reference can assume themselves to be at rest

We know the the speed of light/c is the same to all observers. But i cant grasp something. Observer is moving at $0.5c$ in relation to us. He doenst have any point of referece and everything around ...
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Teleportation and the observers effect

I'm a layman, and I was wondering, if teleportation is to ever exist, I'd assume it'd be in the sense that you would take the object you are trying to teleport, get it's exact makeup, then send that ...