Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Symmetries of Free Fall in Homogeneous Gravitational Fields

Class

Article

College

College of Science

Faculty Mentor

Charles Torre

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

In Einstein's general theory of relativity freely falling test particles follow geodesics of the spacetime geometry. Some geodesics have symmetries, known as affine collineations. Mathematically, these affine collineations are transformations that preserve the connection defined by the metric, without preserving the metric. Physically, they change the notion of lengths and angles, while preserving the notion of parallelism. Associated with each affine collineation are two conserved quantities. Previously these quantities were understood to be non-Noetherian, however we show that they can be derived from a direct application of Noether's theorem. We calculate all affine collineations and their corresponding conservation laws for all of the homogeneous solutions to the Einstein Field Equations in vacuum, with perfect fluid sources, and with homogeneous electromagnetic sources. We also calculate all curvature collineations and explain their relationship to geodesic deviation and affine collineations.

Location

Room 154

Start Date

4-12-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 10:15 AM

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Apr 12th, 9:00 AM Apr 12th, 10:15 AM

Symmetries of Free Fall in Homogeneous Gravitational Fields

Room 154

In Einstein's general theory of relativity freely falling test particles follow geodesics of the spacetime geometry. Some geodesics have symmetries, known as affine collineations. Mathematically, these affine collineations are transformations that preserve the connection defined by the metric, without preserving the metric. Physically, they change the notion of lengths and angles, while preserving the notion of parallelism. Associated with each affine collineation are two conserved quantities. Previously these quantities were understood to be non-Noetherian, however we show that they can be derived from a direct application of Noether's theorem. We calculate all affine collineations and their corresponding conservation laws for all of the homogeneous solutions to the Einstein Field Equations in vacuum, with perfect fluid sources, and with homogeneous electromagnetic sources. We also calculate all curvature collineations and explain their relationship to geodesic deviation and affine collineations.