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Dec1212, 06:27 AM

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So I don't know what the author meant when he said that "matter from the outside must reach the interior, and it must do so in a way that is perceptible in finite coordinate time for a distant observer". 


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Dec1212, 07:19 AM

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In order to make a statement that they run at different rates you already have to introduce a coordinate system with a simultaneity convention. Only then can you get clocks running at different rates (1/γ) propersecond/coordinatesecond. 


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I think what I said in 176 still holds: 


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Independent of the 'extra' killing vector field in the SC geometry (timelike > static exterior; spacelike > not static interior; 'extra' meaning in addition to the kvfs of spherical symmetry), there is a physical statement that can be made about spacetimes with horizons that is much more general than for just SC geometry (e.g. allows evolving and merging horizons, thus no timelike kvfs at all):
The union of past light cones along all timelike world lines that always include future null infinity in their future light cones, fails to cover all of spacetime. [Open universe required for this statement to be have meaning] This can be physically interpreted as saying 'outside observers' never see or are influenced by any physical event on or inside a horizon. This observation also has a coordinate consequence: if your conventions for building coordinates requires an outside observer to receive a signal from an event in order to label it, any horizon and interior cannot be labeled at all in such coordinates (irrespective of where you assign infinite coordinate values). Exterior SC coordinates and generalizations of them for nonstatic exteriors happen to be of this class  they simply cannot assign coordinates to certain parts of spacetime. If you allow building coordinates in such a way as to label events outside observers can either receive signals from or send signals to, then you can label horizons and interiors, as well as exterior, in a single coherent coordinate system [edit: there may be issues of global topology of spacetime preventing covering all spacetime, but horizons and interiors will be accessible to such coordinate conventions.] 


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Of course, this doesn't fix any of the problems with the SC chart, such as the fact that it is singular at the horizon. It just points out that, in a curved spacetime, you probably won't be able to find a single chart that has all the properties you would like a chart to have, the way you can in flat spacetime. 


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Besides you jumped from single physical measurement of single clock to statement about many clocks and "measurement of time". 


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There is certain problem with the statement that falling clock will cross the event horizon in finite time. While proper time of the clock is invariant the concept of "event horizon" and therefore event of "crossing the event horizon" might turn out to be not so clearly defined and slightly more coordinate and assumptions dependant than proper time of the clock.



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In trying to make the exposition simple, entertaining, and easy to follow, I've probably sacrificed a lot of rigor. Quite possibly, even too much rigor. On the other hand, I've seen more rigorous explanations presented, which seem to just sail over everyone's head, or get ignored totally. (For instance when I mention Caroll's lecture notes. Or when I documented the historical shift in views on the topic in http://link.springer.com/article/10....A1022919909683 So  I thought I'd try something else....to see if I could explain, not just quote the literature, but to explain the logic. Furthermore, to explain in a way that didn't require math. (If people did follow the math, in my opinion we wouldn't be having this argument. It's the math, IMO, that convinced all those physicists to change their position  not the words.) Apparently, however, the result from my experiment was not very successful  at least to date. I will give an example in the literature about the merits of "banishing the observer"  demonstrating that the idea is possible, that it exists in the literature, and providing the rigor and dryness that I did not provide. http://arxiv.org/abs/grqc/9508043 "Precis of General Relativity" I would note that the author doesn't claim that the method presented is "the one true and exclusive way" to understand relativity. Their claim is more along the line of it's a way that works, and gets you to the right answers. The second point: Misner (and I) put coordinates in the first category, the category of the mathematical model of what is going on. This is the "map" not the "territory". We put proper time in the second category, the category of measuring instruments and what they measure. However, the whole notion of the "clocks and rods" thing was intended to be a quick and nonrigorous summary of the traditional classical notions of the observer and his coordinate system, drawn from memory. (I suspect one can find some discussion along similar lines by Einstein, certainaly one can in MTW). I intended it to be familiar, not something new. Since this particular observer  and  coordinate based approach doesn't actually work in this case, I didn't and don't really want to put in a lot of effort in justifying it. I'm trying to say"I think this approach is basically what you are doing, and while the idea has a lot of classical history to it, it will always fail to explain black holes, because the fundamental approach contains some false assumptions. I just reviewed that, and I don't think I'm doing that. [add] Something else I should probably explain in greater detail, which is why there isn't any such thing as a stationary obserer at the event horizon. The reason is simple. The event horizion is a trapped, lightlike surface. So you can't have an "observer" there any more than you can have an "observer" sitting on a light beam. THere's a PF Faq on why you can't have an observer ride along on a light beam. I hope this much is accepted by all, the only other thing you need to know then is that you can mark the event horizoin with a beam of light that sits there. 


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FYI, concerning my post http://physicsforums.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=259 , PAllen insisted:
"unavoidably [..] matter from the outside must reach the interior" because "an empty region around which matter "bunches up" outside an event horizon isn't viable", and "we arrive at a contradiction unless the value of m inside the horizon increases [..] in finite coordinate time."  http://www.mathpages.com/rr/s702/702.htm Prof. Vachaspati comments (cited here with his permission): Thanks for the interest. The issues you are discussing do seem to be all classical. Then, as you say, it is quite simple  if you solve Einstein equations for the collapsing shell, it gives R=R_S only at infinite t. I also asked him about his interpretation of t, and he answered: It is true that t is a coordinate time but it is also the natural time coordinate for the asymptotic observer. In particular, the human life span is say ~100 years as measured in t. More to the point, however, is that the total energy of the collapsing body is emitted in some finite t, while the gravitational collapse takes infinite t. Best, Tanmay 


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Nothing he says about the classical solution is new or unusual, per se. Even, for example: "It is true that t is a coordinate time but it is also the natural time coordinate for the asymptotic observer" is also similar to statements in mathpages (see below), for example. I see no claim that the classical part is new, in result or interpretation, by itself. Then, the key point he makes to attach more fundamental meaning to the coordinate time result is: " More to the point, however, is that the total energy of the collapsing body is emitted in some finite t, while the gravitational collapse takes infinite t." . This is strictly a quantum claim  classically there is no emitted energy. This is precisely the statement that Padmnabhan disputes in the 2009 paper. As for mathpages, I have addressed what are superficial readings of Keven Brown's sometimes complicated presentations style. For example, in addition to statements like the following (but note the point "paradox to be resolved"): "Nevertheless, if mass accumulates near the exterior of a black hole's event horizon the gravitational radius of the combined system must eventually increase far enough to encompass the accumulated mass, leading unavoidably to the conclusion that matter from the outside must reach the interior, and it must do so in a way that is perceptible in finite coordinate time for a distant observer, which seems to directly conflict with Item 2 (and certainly seems inconsistent with the "frozen star" interpretation). To resolve this apparent paradox requires a careful examination of the definition of a black hole, and of the behavior of the Schwarzschild time coordinate near an event horizon." You have statements like: "We saw that the radial position of a test particle starting at radius r = 10m and t = 0 (for example) as a function of the particle’s proper time is a simple cycloid right down to r = 0, whereas if the same trajectory is described in terms of Schwarzschild coordinate time, the infalling object traverses through infinite coordinate time in order to reach the event horizon" and: "The event horizon is in the future of every locus of constant Schwarzschild coordinate time, all the way to future infinity. In fact, the event horizon is part of future null infinity" "Also, the Schwarzschild time coordinate is physically significant in the sense that it is the unique time coordinate in terms of which the spherically symmetrical solution is static, i.e., the metric coefficients are independent of time. In other words, the time coordinate is a Killing vector field. The existence of a singularity in a Killing vector has global significance, being a oneway causal boundary." There are a number of specific statements in the mathpages description that I might take exception to as poorly worded, stretching a point, etc. But, I still see nothing either in mathpages or Vachaspati's strictly classical claims inconsistent with how I summarize the mainstream (which is also similar to how textbooks and Padmanabhan summarize it): "Everyone agrees on infinite Schwarzschild coordinate time for black hole formation. Brown, and mainstream GR since 1960 supplements this statement with the understanding that this coordinate time has a limited meaning, and that if you ask what is predicted for the infalling matter you must conclude BH formation in finite clock time of the infalling clocks. And that there are many way besides SC coordinate time by which these events can be correlated with external events." [Edit: consistent with the above, is that other researchers interpret the only significant content of the 2007 paper is the quantum claim that "evaporation completes before collapse". Either this is true, or there is nothing to the 2007 paper.] 


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