Relativity and Cosmology


Einstein's Field Equations in Cosmology Using Harrison's Formula

Authors: Ioannis Iraklis Haranas

The most important tool for the study of the gravitational field in Einstein's theory of gravity is his field equations. In this short paper, we demonstrate the derivation of Einstein field equations for the Freedman cosmological model using the Robertson-Walker metric, and furthermore Harrison's formula for the Ricci tensor. The difference is that Harrison's formula is an actually shorter way of obtaining the field equations. The advantage is that the Cristoffel symbols do not have to be directly calculated one by one. This can actually be a very useful demonstration for somebody who would like to understand a slightly different but faster way of deriving the field equations, something that is actually rarely seen in many of undergraduate and even graduate textbooks.

Comments: Published, Galilean Electrodynamics, vol. 18, SPI/3,pp. 49-53, 2007

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[v1] 16 Feb 2010

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