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Geodesic deviation equation 
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Nov607, 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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Nov707, 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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