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Reissner Nordstrom Metric

  1. Sep 21, 2015 #1
    I want to derive Reissner Nordstrom solution using this paper as a guide: http://gmammado.mysite.syr.edu/notes/RN_Metric.pdf, but I get confused by the Eq. (8). Why the Enstein's equation can be rewritten in that form and what is the physical meaning of the Eq. (8)?
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  3. Sep 21, 2015 #2
    Contract both sides of (3) with ##g^{\mu\nu}## and you will get a condition for ##R##
  4. Sep 21, 2015 #3
    Ah thank you, that's so simple >_<
  5. Sep 22, 2015 #4


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    The trace of the energy-momentum tensor of a classical massless field vanishes because of symmetry under dilations. Now use the hint in #2.
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