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### Null geodesic congruence

I came across a statement in Chandrasekhar's "Mathematical Theory of Black Holes" that I don't understand (rather say disagree):
Assume we have a Newman Penrose tetrad $\lbrace l, ...

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### Petrov classification/Weyl scalars

There is one calculation in Chandrasekhar's "Mathematical Theory of Black Holes" that I cannot understand. Here is the setup:
We want to show that Petrov type D (i.e. two principal null directions) ...

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### *The* open problem in General Relativity?

Q. Is there a single, clear mathematical question that has emerged as
the open problem in General Relativity?
I ask this on the ~100th anniversary of Einstein's (4-page!) 1915 paper,
"Die ...

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### Null tetrad transformation

I have been going through the Chandrasekhar's "The Mathematical Theory of Black holes", in particular the chapter on Newman Penrose formalism.
I have a question about what he calls a "class III ...

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### Foliations of Lorentzian manifolds by Spacelike Hypersurfaces

Suppose that $M$ is a Lorentzian manifold (not necessarily satisfying Einstein's equations). What conditions do we need in order to guarantee that $M$ admits a foliation by codimension-$1$ spacelike ...

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### Generalized spin connection and dreibein in higher spin gravity

I am studying higher spin gravity and I would like to know the mathematical and physical meaning of generalized spin connection and generalized dreibein that appear in this theory.
It is well known ...

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### Conjugate or focusing points on null geodesics imply chronality

Theorem
Let $\beta\colon [0,1] \to M$ be a null geodesic. If $\beta(t_0)$ is conjugate to $\beta(0)$ along $\beta$ for some $t_0\in (0,1)$, then there is a timelike curve from $\beta(0)$ to ...

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### Killing vector fields on sphere

Let $u$ be a smooth function on $\mathbb S^2$, and assume that for every killing vector field $V$ on $\mathbb S^2$.
$$\int_{\mathbb S^2} V(u) x_j dS=0\text{,}\forall j=1,2,3$$
Is $u$ necessarily ...

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### Differential equation related to the Schwarzschild metric

How can one find solutions of the following second-order diﬀerential equation
$$\frac{d^2W}{dr^2}-\frac{1}{r}\frac{dW}{dr}=\frac{C}{W^2}\frac{dW}{dr}$$
with the boundary condition $W(r)\to r^2$ at ...

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### Generalized Hawking Mass

This is a fairly general question. Let $(M^3,g)$ be a Riemannian 3-manifold. Let $\Sigma^2$ be a dimension-2 submanifold of $M$. The Hawking mass of $\Sigma^2$ is defined as
$m(\Sigma^2) := ...

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### Topological restrictions from mean curvature bounds

Alexandrov's Theorem says that a compact constant mean curvature hypersurface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ must be a round sphere.
What happens when the mean curvature is small, or bounded? (For ...

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### Geometric meaning of the black hole horizon

It is widely accepted that the singularity of the Schwarzschild metric at the event horizon is purely an artifact of the coordinates and no physical singularity exists at the horizon. However, as ...

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### The Cauchy Problem in General Relativity: Existence of a Hausdorff Development

This is related to a problem that I posed about a year ago. I was given several references by a number of experts who were kind enough to entertain my rather arcane question. Those references were ...

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### Obtain Lorentzian manifolds from Riemannian ones by Wick rotation

In some cases, Wick rotation of a metric, formally consisting in substituting a coordinate with i times the coordinate itself, allows one to construct a Riemannian manifold starting from a Lorentzian ...

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### Existence of diagonalizing coordinates for the metric tensor

Solving for metrics that are Einstein, i.e that satisfy $R_{\mu \nu} = \Lambda g_{\mu \nu}$ is highly non-trivial as soon as $g_{\alpha \beta}$ is allowed to have off-diagonal components. However, ...

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### Can anyone give an example of Ricci flat Riemannian or Lorentzian Manifold that is not flat?

Does there exist a Ricci flat Riemannian or Lorentzian manifold which is geodesic complete but not flat? And is there any theorm about Ricci-flat but not flat?
I am especially interset in the case ...

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### What is the meaning of Yang-Mills action evaluated on Levi-Civita connection?

On a Riemannian manifold $M$ with riemann curvature tensor $R_{\mu\nu\rho\sigma}$ written as (endomorphism valued) curvature two-tensor of the Levi-Civita connection $R=R_{\mu\nu}dx^\mu\wedge ...

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### Euler characteristic of Cauchy surface in Lorentz manifold

Are there any known topological restrictions on what kinds of manifolds can form the Cauchy hypersurface of a Lorentzian manifold? I'm particularly interested about restrictions on Euler ...

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### manifolds whose charts are maps to Minkowski space

I'm doing a project involving tilings of Minkowski space. For instance in 2d I have rectangular tiles determined by a spacelike line segment: the rectangle is the region caused by the line segment. ...

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### Hitchin–Thorpe inequality for Lorentzian manifold

I've recently read the following:
For which $b$ it is possible that $S^n$ can have a Lorentz metric? Why?
An answer shows that a compact, oriented, simply connected manifold carries a Lorentz metric ...

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### Dimension of the space of null geodesics

So that is my question. If I have a manifold with Lorentz metric, how do I know the dimension of the space of null geodesics. For example, in the general relativity the space of null geodesics is 5... ...

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### Global conformal equivalence of two regions of Minkowski spacetime

I am wondering whether the region $H:=\{(t,x):x^2−t^2<1\}$ of $(1+1)$-dimensional Minkowski spacetime, equipped with the restriction $g_H$ of the standard Minkowski metric $g=−\mathrm{d} t\otimes ...

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### Why does closed string theory have only one dilaton field instead of $22$? [closed]

Looking at $5D$ Kaluza-Klein theory, the Kaluza-Klein metric is given by
$$
g_{mn} = \left(
\begin{array}{cc}
g_{\mu\nu} & g_{\mu 5} \\
g_{5\nu} & g_{55} \\
\end{array}
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### Solving ODE with negative expansion power series

I'm moving this here, as suggested from physics.stackexchange. The original is here.
So, I need to solve a system of ODE, using negative power expansion. I will give all the necessary equations and ...

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### Einstein field equations in perspectives from PDE and functional analysis

The Einstein field equations have been subject of research in theoretical physics, and differential geometry, apparently with methods from classical analysis and geometry. In particular, solutions in ...

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### Does the gluing procedure in Robert Wald’s book *General Relativity* yield a Hausdorff spacetime?

Before I state my problem, let me provide some definitions pertaining to the Cauchy Problem in General Relativity.
Definition 1: A triplet $ (\Sigma,h,k) $ is called an initial data set if $ ...

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### Can Hartogs' extension theorem be used to prove there's no naked singularity?

Maybe for the first time my question doesn't deal with number theory. Tonight a friend of mine told me about Hartogs' extension theorem and said his work in analytic microlocal analysis was somehow ...

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### Null vector fields given Bondi metric

I'm trying to understand how to compute the null future-directed vector fields if I have a given (Bondi) metric
$g=-e^{2\nu}du^{2}-2e^{\nu+\lambda}dudr+r^{2}d\Omega$
with $d\Omega$-standard metric ...

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### naked singularity and null coordinates

I'm trying to understand the notion of a naked singularity on a more mathematical level (intuitively, it's a singularity "one can see and poke with a stick", but I'm having troubles on how to actually ...

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### Functional Analysis and Differential Manifold incompatibility

From the mathematical point of view, where is the idea of the incompatibility between functional analysis, at the basis of quantum mechanics, and differential geometry, at the basis of general ...

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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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### The Speed of Gravitational Waves in General Relativity

Is it possible to mathematically prove that the speed of gravitational waves in general relativity equals the speed of light, without linearizing the Einstein Field Equations? The approach via the ...

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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 ...

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### Is there a relation between 4-dimentional general relativity and exotic smooth structures on $\mathbb{R}^4$?

Let's say General Relativity is the study of the Einstein equation on smooth Lorentzian manifolds, i.e. pseudo-Riemanniann manifolds of signature $(n-1,1)$.
I've heard more than once people say that ...

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### Math and Wormholes

Hopefully, MathOverflow is the correct place for this. I had a student approach me and ask me what kinds of mathematics goes into the study of wormholes. She specifically asked whether there is any ...

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### Regge calculus: Questions of consistency resolved?

Hello,
Regge calculus is an approximation scheme for General Relativity, which has been introduced in early-sixties and has been adopted both in numerical relativity and numerical quantum relativity. ...

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### Singular semi-Riemannian Geometry: usefulness and state of the art

My question has two parts, one concerning the state of the art of the subject, and the other the usefulness.
1. State of the art.
Can someone provide references reflecting the state of the art in ...

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### Killing vectors and Ricci Tensor

Hi all,
We all know that the lie derivative of the metric tensor along a Killing Vector vanishes, by definition. I am trying to show that the Lie derivative of the Ricci tensor along a Killing vector ...

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### Christodoulou's paper on naked singularities in inhomogeneous dust collapse

I have been studying of late about formation of naked singularities in certain collapse scenarios in Einstein's theory. It seems to me that the canonical paper to read about how such a formation is ...