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Are all null curves of a Lorentzian metric extrema?

Suppose $g$ is a Lorentzian metric on $\mathbb{R}^4$, then consider the variational problem of finding extrema of $$F(\gamma) = \int_a^b \| \dot{\gamma}(s) \|_g ds$$ The so-called "null curves" are ...
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Geometric derivation of the Einstein’s field equation from the Hilbert action.

It is well-known that the equation for stationary solutions of the Einstein-Hilbert functional is given by the Einstein field equation (for a statement, see previous question). The standard derivation ...
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Coordinate-free derivation of the Einstein's field equation from the Hilbert action.

It is well-known that the equation for stationary solutions of the Einstein-Hilbert functional (without matter and cosmological constant, which is irrelevant here): $$S = \int_M R \mu_g,$$ is given by ...
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Work on an Einstein-Hilbert type action but with the *absolute value* of scalar curvature?

This is only my second question on mathoverflow, so my apologies if this would be more appropriate at a physics site. My question concerns a modification to the Einstein-Hilbert action. The standard ...