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Ricci scalar

  1. Jan 17, 2006 #1
    I searched the net for the Ricci scalar for the Schwarzschild metric but in vain. Can anyone tell me what's the Ricci scalar?
    Are there any standard list or tables that records down the properties of any metric for GR?
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  3. Jan 17, 2006 #2


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    Because it's a vacuum solution, the Ricci Scalar for the Schwarzschild metric is zero.

    It's immediately obvious that the Einstein tensor is zero from [itex]G_{\mu\nu} = 8 \pi T_{\mu\nu}[/itex], and it can be shown that the Ricci scalar must also be zero.

    The simplest way to illustrate is to look at


    part 13 in the section that says

    to see the derivation of [itex]R = -T^{\mu}{}_{\nu}[/itex], and then it's immediately obvious that when [tex]T_{\mu\nu}=0[/tex] (a vacuum solution), R is also zero.

    GRTensorJ-Books at http://grtensor.org/teaching/ has a list of various metrics and the various tensors and scalars from textbooks, but it actually calculates them and to calculate them it needs a non-free program, Maple.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2006
  4. Jan 27, 2006 #3
    The Ricci scalar is the contraction of the Ricci tensor which is a contraction of the Riemann tensor. It appears in the Einstein field equations, one of the solutions of which is the Schwartzschild Solution.
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