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Introduction to General Relativity
Authors:   R. Parthasarathy

ISBN: 978-81-8487-428-0 
Publication Year:   2016
Pages:   302
Binding:   Paper Back

About the book

INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL RELATIVITY begins with a description of the geometry of curved space, explaining geodesics, parallel transport, covariant differentiation, geodesic deviation and spacetime symmetry by Killing vectors. It then introduces Einstein’s theory of gravitation followed by Schwarzschild solution with its relevance to Positive Mass theorem. The three tests for Einstein’s gravity are explained. Other exact solutions such as Vaidya, Kerr and Reissner-Nordstrom metric are included. In the chapter on cosmological solutions, a detailed description of Godel metric is provided. It then introduces five dimensional spacetime of Kaluza showing the unification of gravity with electromagnetism. This is extended to include non-Abelian gauge theory by invoking compact extra dimensions. Explicit expressions in this case for Christoffel connections and Ricci tensor are derived and the higher dimensional gravity action is shown to contain the actions for 4-dimensional gravity and Yang-Mills theory. Examples of spontaneous compactification are given. Gravitational Higgs mechanism is discussed in the last Chapter.

Key Features

  • • Inclusion of Positive Mass Theorem, Kaluza-Klein theory and Gravitational Higgs mechanism

Table of content

Preliminaries / Einstein’s Theory of Gravitation / Schwarzschild Solution / Vaidya and Kerr Solutions / Reissner - Nordström Metric / Some Cosmological Solutions / Kaluza – Klein Theory - I / Kaluza – Klein Theory – II / Gravitational Higgs’ Mechanism.

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