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Transformation to get a Lorentzian spherically symmetric metric to the Sylvester form

  1. Jun 26, 2011 #1
    Hi,

    I'm trying to determine the exact transformation that brings a spherically symmetric spacetime metric in spherical coordinates to the Sylvester normal form (that is, with just 1 or -1 on its main diagonal, with all other elements equal to zero.) Assuming that the metric has Lorentzian signature, does anyone know how to determine the exact transformation that achieves this?

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  3. Jul 5, 2011 #2
    Re: Transformation to get a Lorentzian spherically symmetric metric to the Sylvester

    This is essentially nothing more than the orthogonal diagonalisation of a symmetric matrix that you probably did loads of times when you first learnt about matrices. The coordinate transformation can be calculated from the matrix of eigenvectors. This gives a diagonal matrix, which should have one negative and the rest positive entries. Then you just have to rescale the coordinates to make the entries -1 and +1.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2011 #3

    George Jones

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    Re: Transformation to get a Lorentzian spherically symmetric metric to the Sylvester

    tut_einstein, this, in general, results in a non-holonomic basis. i.e., one that is not induced by any coordinate system. As a specific example, consider Schwarzschild spacetime,

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=102902
     
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