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Geodesic deviation equation

  1. Nov 6, 2007 #1
    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!
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2007
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  3. Nov 7, 2007 #2

    Chris Hillman

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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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