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Jul24-14 09:06 AM Greg Bernhardt 
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Jan16-12 Greg Bernhardt
The section of the Usenet Physics FAQ titled "Experimental Basis of Special Relativity" has been cited here many...
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Before posting anything, please review the Physics Forums Global Guidelines. If you are seeking help with a...
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Does general relativity allow nested event horizons?
Nov19-06 10:01 PM
Loren Booda
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:rofl: Discussing with a friend, I was told that using in a derivation the time dilation formula I implicitly use the...
Nov20-06 11:14 PM
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Dear all, I would like to know about a possible plane Schwarzschild geometry. This would be the analog of a...
Nov21-06 12:17 AM
Chris Hillman
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From all the sources I have (and including wikipedia), it seems that the speed of light is lowered by the presence of...
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In any textbook on relativity, one finds the classical expression for the stress-energy tensor of a perfect fluid. In...
Nov21-06 01:35 AM
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According to the Unruh effect, an accelerating observer will find himself surrounded by a "warm bath" of particles...
Nov21-06 02:08 AM
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Einsteins field equations are nonlinear. One could interpret this to mean that curvature is itself the source of...
Nov21-06 02:31 AM
Chris Hillman
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I'm new to the physics forums so correct me if I'm in the wrong place. We started a new unit on universal gravitation...
Nov21-06 03:49 AM
Chris Hillman
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From an ongoing discussion here, a new question comes to me. Is there a known generalisation of the Schwarzschild...
Nov21-06 04:06 AM
Chris Hillman
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What are their differences? Spatially homogeneous is when there is uniform composition of space Spatially...
Nov21-06 05:11 AM
Chris Hillman
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Once again, hello to all !:smile: , I'm back with another quick question ... Can you explain or redirect me to...
Nov21-06 06:17 AM
Chris Hillman
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Hello there! Am actually doing my end of year project on GPS and GR. It's actually a review of Ashby's work. I am...
Nov21-06 08:15 AM
George Jones
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Is the reason why the Lorentz transformations form a group because of the reason on this website ...
Nov22-06 01:08 AM
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The Rindler geometry and its horizon can be obtained by a simple succession of Poincaré transformations to match the...
Nov22-06 05:16 PM
Chris Hillman
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This may be a repeat, but I don't think the earlier shorter post survived the recent PF upgrade, at least I couldn't...
Nov22-06 07:12 PM
Chris Hillman
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I know that gravitational energy is a delicate topic in GR. It is true that the localisation of gravitational energy...
Nov22-06 07:24 PM
Chris Hillman
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Gravitational waves are usually associated with powerfull events (stars, black holes, etc.) but I just wonder if they...
Nov22-06 07:54 PM
Chris Hillman
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Assuming LISA does find graviational waves in the future, is there any way in theory to focus these gravitational...
Nov22-06 08:37 PM
Chris Hillman
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I'm wondering if event horizons can exist in shapes other than perfect spheres (for instance, if the object has...
Nov22-06 09:09 PM
Chris Hillman
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Hi All, I was hoping someone could help point me in the right direction. I'm interested in simulations of General...
Nov22-06 09:18 PM
Chris Hillman
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Hello to all, Could someone give me a link that would point me towards a description of the inner workings of the...
Nov23-06 05:14 AM
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I understand why it is so desirable to be able to write all the laws of physics by the same rule in any system of...
Nov24-06 09:56 AM
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Hello, folks - here is a question that I have been pondering for about 20 years. As I understand it, the...
Nov24-06 10:22 AM
Lelan Thara
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I have heard that if one is hypothetically placed in a box completely solid, whith a shield that leaves everything...
Nov24-06 02:36 PM
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A short question this time : Is the gravitational length contraction an effect which acts parallel as well as...
Nov25-06 07:39 PM
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Hello, I have just registered in the forum! I am a shool student, who is generally inerested in Physics and...
Nov25-06 10:58 PM
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I've done college courses on both & it's not clear yet how they conflict. I'm looking for a more technical account....
Nov27-06 03:25 AM
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Here's something for the phone book's fans to chew on: Surprisingly, on page #1278, in the index entry "Torsion",...
Nov27-06 04:24 PM
Chris Hillman
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Einsteins field equations are nonlinear but I guess that nobody has already found solutions to the full nonlinear...
Nov27-06 04:48 PM
Chris Hillman
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hi: Using gr and with great idealizations he discovered that the surface of imploding stars, viewed by a static...
Nov27-06 05:18 PM
Chris Hillman
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Whenever there's no acceleration then: (Geodesic equation) \nabla _{u} u =0 where the covariant derivative...
Nov27-06 05:37 PM
Chris Hillman
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The stress energy tensor of a perfect fluid is composed of two terms of which only one term contains the metric tensor...
Nov27-06 06:09 PM
Chris Hillman
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Perhaps gravity is not space-time curvative, and background independence not needed, and spacetime is infinitely...
Nov27-06 08:22 PM
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Hi.Recently,my friend told me that time travel is suppose to be phenomenon.I don't how this could happen.She wrote...
Nov27-06 08:47 PM
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Hi, sorry if this is a frequently asked question. I was reading up on black holes with electric charge and I was...
Nov27-06 09:03 PM
Chris Hillman
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In another thread, Nerid mentions The Magnetospheric Eternally Collapsing Object (MECO) Model of Galactic Black...
Nov27-06 10:04 PM
Chris Hillman
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I understand it is always possible to diagonalize a metric to the form diag at any given point in spacetime...
Nov27-06 11:18 PM
Chris Hillman
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Does a rappidly spinning mass experience an effect in GR that is equivalent to mass dialation in SR? I so, would it...
Nov28-06 12:30 AM
Chris Hillman
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How can I obtain a Kerr metric by using the Einstein equation?
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