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Geodesic deviation equation

by ledol83
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ledol83
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Nov6-07, 10:59 PM
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Hi...does anyone have a good description (or a link to it) on geodesic deviation equation?Most of the references i have are in a setting of relativity, which make me all at sea.

Please help me if you know a mathematical characterization of how geodesics from one point deviate (which just involves the Riemannian curvature tensor).

Thanks a bunch!
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Chris Hillman
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Nov7-07, 12:59 PM
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That's the Jacobi geodesic deviation formula, which is discussed in many textbooks on Riemannian geometry (the Lorentzian version is almost identical).


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