8.962 | Spring 2020 | Graduate

General Relativity

Video Lectures

Lecture 14: Linearized Gravity I: Principles and Static Limit

Description: Solving the Einstein field equation by linearizing around a flat background. We treat spacetime as the metric of special relativity plus a perturbation, examine how quantities transform infinitesimal coordinate transformations (which turn out to be equivalent to gauge transformations in electrodynamics), and develop the Einstein field equation in this limit. Focusing on static sources, we derive the Newtonian limit.

Instructor: Prof. Scott Hughes

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Spring 2020
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