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Line element of Schwarzschild

  1. Apr 12, 2008 #1
    I've read Schwarzschild paper and I don't understand his conditions

    "The solution is spatially symmetric with respect to the origin of the co-ordinate system in the sense that one finds again the same solution when x,y,z are subjected to an orthogonal transformation(rotation)"

    Could anyone explain me about this??

    Thank you
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  3. Apr 12, 2008 #2
    He's assuming spherical or rotational symmetry. In other words, the solution/metric does not depend on which direction you're looking in (from the origin). This is a reasonable assumption for the metric around a star, since stars are to a high degree "round" =)
  4. Apr 12, 2008 #3


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    Hi off-diagonal! :smile:

    "orthogonal" means that it's a member of SO(3), the three-dimensional group of speical orthogonal transformations.

    Basically, SO(3) means all rotations.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotation_group for more details:
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