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Unformatted text preview: 78 CHAPTER 7 THE DESCRIPTION OF CURVED SPACETIME 7—2. The following line element corresponds to flat spacetime d32 = ~dt2 + 2da: dt + dy2 + c122 . Find a coordinate transformation which puts the line element in the usual flat space form (7.1). Solution: Its hard to give a general prescription for solving this kind of problem. Guesswork and trial and error are the main methods. We, therefore, present some solutions without trying to explain exactly how they were arrived at. ds2 = —alt2 + 2dr dt + dy2 + dz2 The transformation t:t’+x’, :rzct', yzy’, z=z’ leads to ds2 2 ~ (0315’ + dzr’)2 + 2 dx’ (dt’ + dm’) + dy'2 + dz? = — (dt')2 + (dx’)2 + (dy')2 + (aiz')2 which is the standard form of the flat space line element. 7—3. [GP] The Sagnac Efiect The Sagnac effect was worked out in an inertial frame in Box 3.1 Two light waves propogate in opposite directions around a rotating ring. The phase of a wave with frequency a) at time t a distance 5 around the ring is \11 E ~w(t — S) + const. (The speed 1) ofa light wave is 1.) When there is a difference in phase of a multiple of 27r the waves constructively interfere. It is also possible to work out the Sagnac effect in a frame in rotating with the interferometer. The line element of flat spacetime in that frame can be found by defining defining a new coordinate (25 = qb’ + Qt. Derive the condition for constructive interference in this frame. Solution: In the rotating frame the line element for flat spacetime is d5? 2 —dt2 + d'r2 + r2 [(102 + sing a (da' + swag] . 78 PROBLEM 7.14 87 Evaluated on the world line 300(7), all functions become functions of 7'. For example daa _ Baa dafl aaa _# _ __ : ___ 7. dT 8x7 (17' 8x7 u Thus (1 __ 890;; a g ,y 8a“ 7 fl Gab/3 8—;(3 abu +gafiagfiul. The only possible difficulty with this problem is keeping the indices straight. 7-14. In a certain spacetime geometry the metric is (132 = —(1 — Ar2)2dt2 + (1 — 14%)?er + 7‘2(d02 + sin2 aw?) . a) Calculate the proper distance along a radial line from the center 7" = 0 to a coordinate radius 7‘ : R. b) Calculate the area of a sphere of coordinate radius r = R. c) Calculate the three volume of a sphere of coordinate radius r = R. d) Calculate the four volume of a four dimensional tube bounded by a sphere of coordinate radius R and two if = constant planes separated by a time T. Solution: a) s=/OR<1—Ar2)dr=R(1-§§2> where g E Rx/Z. b) A = Aphere(Rd6)(Rsin9d¢) 7r 27r / dQ/ d¢R2sin6=47rR2 0 0 87 88 CHAPTER 7. THE DESCRIPTION OF CURVED SPACETIME V = [sphere [(1—Ar2)dr] [rdfiHrsiangt] z fanfare 022w r2(1—Ar2)sin6d0 = (42RB)<1—<2>e> where g is as above. d) V4 = f [(1 — Ar?) at] [ (1 — Ar2) dr] [rd0][rsin was] : font/ORdr (1—Ar2)2r2/01rd6 02wd¢sin6 Gm) (1 a $62 + 35“) ll 7-15. [S] Calculate the area of the peanut illustrated in Figure 2.7. Solution: From the line element (2.21) and (7.28), an element of area is dA : (ad9) (af(t9)d¢). The area of the peanut is A=/07rd0/02"d¢ a2f(0) f(0) : sint9 (1 — sin2 0), A : 27ra2. for 88 102 CHAPTER 8. GEODESICS for constants A, B, C, and D. Eliminating S gives a linear relation y 2 mm + b for constants m and b. This is the equation of all straight lines. 8-2. In usual spherical coordinates the metric on a two-dimensional sphere is [cf. (2.15)] d32 = (12(d6‘2 + 51112 6d¢>2) Where a is a constant. (a) Calculate the Christoifel symbols “by hand”. (b) Show that a great circle is a solution of the geodesic equation. Make use of the freedom to orient the coordinates so the equation of a great circle is simple.) Solution: a) H R2 0 9” 0 R2 sin2 9 9 ' 0 (R sin 9)“2 Fig 2 ~sin9cos0 , IE2 :cot0 all the rest are zero. b) Orient coordinates so that the great circle lies along the equator 6 = 7r / 2. The equation of the great circle is then 6 = 7r / 2, Q5 : S/a where S is the distance around and de/dS : (0,1/a). The geodesic equation is then d%’4 0352 : Evidently the left hand side vanishes, and the right hand side vanishes because the relevant Christofiel symbols vanish at 6 :— 7r / 2. 102 PROBLEM 8.5 105 c) For example, in the non-relativistic limit, the 2: equation becomes alga: dy —~ = —2o w n2 . dt2 dt + m The second term on the right hand side is the x-component centrifugal force 9 X (Q X when S2 = 952 The first term is the Coriolis force 262’ x (da‘f/dt) 8-5. Derive the Christofiel symbols Pi; and F3”; for the wormhole metric (7.39) directly from the general formula (8.19) and not starting from variational principle of extremal proper time. Solution: There is not much to say about the solution to this problem except to evaluate (8.19). The diagonal metric simplifies the sums, 6.9. Empaw = 9” Zr We write out the two equations analogous to (8.20): 39¢ ag¢¢ 39m __ .2 (W5 + W 8gb —rsmo9 (59% + 89% _ z — (b2 + T2) sin0c080 1Q % f—j S ‘6— ll which gives 7" 0 __ - 4’ _. F¢¢——Sln60086, 8—6. Show by direct calculation from (8.15) that the norm of the four velocity u u is a constant along a geodesic. Solution: Let N E u - u 2 gafluaufi, then dN du" agafl “:2 ___fi afiv d7' gafidTU—l—Bafluuu 39 m a 376 01/5 afi'y 2gagF76uuu—l-afluuu ...
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