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George Jaroszkiewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.001.0001

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General relativistic time

General relativistic time

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(p.201) 19 General relativistic time
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Images of Time
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George Jaroszkiewicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.003.0019

This chapter discusses the transition from special relativistic (Minkowski) spacetime to general relativistic spacetimes. It reviews the concept of timelike, spacelike, and null (or lightlike) vector fields, as these are fundamental to the physics of general relativity. In particular, they help us define the frame fields that are the local general relativistic versions of the conventional Minkowski spacetime Cartesian coordinate frames that are used to discuss real experiments. The famous Schwarzschild (black hole) solution for a point mass source is explored, with an analysis of the light-cone structure relevant to infalling observers. Gravitational time dilation, white holes, and spinning disc frames are reviewed.

Keywords:   Minkowski spacetime, general relativistic spacetimes, vector fields, frame fields, Schwarzschild metric, black holes, gravitational time dilation, white holes, spinning disc

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