Gradients of gravitational forces - focusing of geodesics

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Chapter 2
2.1. Acceleration and gravity from the point of view of special theory of relativity
2.2. Versatility - a basic property and the key to understanding the nature of gravity
2.3. The local principle of equivalence and its consequences
2.4. Physical laws in curved spacetime
2.5. Einstein's equations of the gravitational field
2.6. Deviation and focus of geodesics
2.7. Gravitational waves
2.8. Specific properties of gravitational energy
2.9.Geometrodynamic system of units
2.10. Experimental verification of the theory of relativity and gravity

2.6. Deviation and focusing of geodesics
Now, that we have Einstein's equations of the gravitational field, we return for a moment to the question of the influence of the gravitational field on the motion of bodies, which we began in 2.4. The homogeneous gravitational field can be "filtered out" in the whole space by transition to a global inertial system. Even in inhomogeneous gravitational field according to the equivalence principle can introduce local inertial system, in which all the
physical phenomena take place (local) under the laws of special relativity. Therefore, since the gravitational field does not exist locally, the question arises, how does the real (inhomogeneous) gravitational field actually affect physical processes ? Or otherwise: how the curvature of spacetime manifests itself in the laws of physics? How do we distinguish the effects of gravity from the influence of the frame of reference? It is clear that locally in no way. Therefore, a non-local approach must be used to study the effect of gravity . E.g. instead of one test particle (which can always be considered locally free and which therefore tells us nothing about the curvature of spacetime), we will observe the difference in behavior of the two test particles .

Gravitational force gradients, deviations of geodesics
Let us have two test particles, one of which is located at the point x
i (here we will consider it as a reference) and the other at the near point x i + e i , where e i is a four-vector space-time "distance" of these two test particles. If we let both close test particles "fall" freely together in the gravitational field (Fig.2.17), they will move along the world lines x i ( l ) and x i ( l ) + e i ( l ) (four-vector e i ( l ) connects the points of both trajectories with the same l ), which are geodesics:

If we subtract these equations from each other and omit the higher order members in e i (we mean the limit transition e i 0), we get

Fig.2.7. Two close test particles loosely "falling" next to each other in a gravitational field (curved spacetime) will move along geodesics that will not be completely parallel, but will deviate from each other (deviation of geodesics).

We are interested in the difference in the motion of both test particles (deviation of both geodesics), ie the covariant derivative of their deviation e i . Using equation (2.15) for the covariant (absolute) derivation of the vector along the curve, we get the final result

D2 e i dxk dxm
- Riklm ----- ----- el = 0 ,
l2 dl dl

which is the so-called equation of deviation of geodesics . According to her, two bodies falling freely next to each other in an inhomogeneous gravitational field will approach or move away from each other (their geodesics will deviate from each other), while the mutual acceleration of both particles D 2 e i / d l 2 is proportional to the curvature tensor R i klm . The components of the curvature tensor also describe gradients of gravitational forces (tidal forces). In planar spacetime, all components of the curvature tensor are equal to zero - there is no deviation of geodesics.

To obtain a more complete picture of the influence of gravity on the motion of matter, let us now turn from a pair of close geodesics to the whole congruence of such surveyors. We can imagine this as a point test particle is placed at each point in space and their worldlines form this congruence of geodesics in space-time - a certain geodesy passes through each point (event) of space-time. If we determine a unit tangent vector V i for each geodetic at each of its points , we get the whole array of tangent vectors V i (x k ) for the congruence of geodetics . The divergence ("running away") or convergence ("gathering on each other") C of geodesics in a given congruence is determined by the covariant four divergences of the vector field V i :

C = def V i ; i . (2.58)

The convergence of the congruence of time-type geodetics follows the important Raychaudhuri differential equation [127], [203]

d C / ds = R ik V i V k + 2 s 2 + (1/3) C 2 , (2.59a)

where s describes the mutual "slip" of the geodetic (we do not consider rotation here; if the congruence of the geodetic rotated, the term -2 w 2 would still be on the right side ). An analogous equation also applies to the convergence of light (zero) geodesics:

d C / d l = R ik V ik V k + 2 s 2 + 1/2 C 2 , (2.59b)

where V i are isotropic tangent vectors.

Energy conditions
Let us now notice some general properties of equations (2.59a, b). The last two terms on the right-hand sides of both equations are nonnegative, so the final sign of the convergence changes is decided by the term
R ik V i V k . To this well was nonnegative member must, according to equations of (2.50b) gravitational field excited by the tensor of energy-momentum satisfying the inequality

(Tik - 1/2 T gik ) Vi Vk 0 (2.60a)

for all vectors of V i time type, resp. inequality

T ik V i V k 0 (2.60b)

for isotropic vectors V i (for which g ik V i V k = 0). For the energy-momentum tensor of the shape of an ideal fluid (1.108), this is satisfied when the density and pressure satisfy the relations

r 0 , r + pa 0 , resp. r 0 , r + a=1S3pa 0 . (2.61a, b)

This so-called weak energy condition (2.60) is fulfilled for all previously observed forms of matter, because the energy density is non-negative and a large negative pressure p * would be needed to disturb the energy condition.
*) However, a weak energy condition would not be met, for example, for a hypothetical C-field in the "steady-state" model of the universe (mentioned in Chapter 5), which has a negative energy density T oo , or for a " false vacuum " field in inflationary expansion. space (see 5.5). And also not for the hypothetical so-called exotic mass used for antigravity "reinforcement" of traversible wormholes (.......).
In practice, an even stronger condition of so-called energy dominance is probably met : for each vector V i of time type is T ik V i V k 0, and the vector T ik V k is of time or isotropic type, ie the local energy density is non-negative and in addition, the local energy flow takes place only inside or on the mantle of the light cone. Thus, T > = | T ik |, ie energy " dominates " over the other components of the energy-momentum tensor. For the most common type of energy-momentum tensor (1.108) this is satisfied when r 0 , - r p a r ( a = 1,2,3 ), ie when the pressure does not exceed the energy density , the speed of "sound" does not exceed the speed of light.
Note: A total of 4 energy conditions are sometimes discussed in the literature (....., ....,). However, for our analysis of the geometry of spacetime around black holes, as well as global cosmological geometry, a weak energy condition and a condition of energy dominance will suffice.

Focusing of geodetics
We see, therefore, that the
term R ik V i V k in equations (2.59a, b) is also nonnegative when reasonable energy conditions (2.60) are met, so that the inequality holds for the rate of change of convergence of geodetics

d C / d s 1/3 C2 0 , (2.62)

according to which convergence grows monotonically along the congruence of geodesics. We can thus state the statement :

Theorem 2.5 (focusing of geodesics)
If the energy conditions (inequalities) for the energy-momentum tensor are met such that according to Einstein's equations
ik V i V k 0 for each vector Vi k time resp. isotropic type, gravity has an attractive character and the geodesics of the time resp. isotropic type focusing effect .

The statement about the focus of geodesics is of great importance for the geometric- topological logical structure of spacetime - it is used, for example, in proving the 2nd law of black hole dynamics (4.6) or in proving theorems about the existence of singularities of spacetime (3.8).

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