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Metrics of rotating sphere in GR

  1. Dec 31, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A thin spherical shell of radius ## R ## rotates with angular velocity ## \Omega ##. Its total mass ## M ## is uniformly distributed. Find metric inside and outside the shell, assuming its small departure from the flat space-time. Find the angular velocity ## \omega ## dragging of the inertial systems within the enclosure.

    2. Relevant equations

    General view of metrics in linearized GR is:
    ds^2 = (1-2\phi) dt^2 - (1+2\phi) (dx^2 + dy^2+dz^2)+2A_i dt dx^i

    \phi = \int\limits_V \frac{\rho}{r}dV\\
    A_i = 4\int\limits_V \frac{\rho v_i}{r}dV

    3. The attempt at a solution

    First, it need to go to spherical coordinate system
    dx^2 + dy^2+dz^2 = dr^2+r^2d\theta^2 + r^2\sin^2\theta d\phi^2

    As we know from electromagnetism, for the rotating sphere, vector-potential has only ##\hat\phi## component, then
    A_i dx^i = A_{\phi} r\sin\theta d\phi
    Am I right here?

    The ##A_{\phi}## I can find similar to emectrodynamics (Griffiths, David J. (2007) Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition, example 5.11) as
    A_{\phi} = \frac{2Mr \Omega}{3r^2}\sin\theta, r<R \\
    A_{\phi} = \frac{2M R^2 \Omega}{3r^2}\sin\theta, r>R

    For a ##\phi##-potential
    \phi = 0, r<R \\
    \phi = \frac{M}{r}, r>R

    Am I right for starting?
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2015
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  3. Jan 5, 2016 #2
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