Physics in the vicinity of a massive object

  • James Foster
  • J. David Nightingale


In Chapter 3 we obtained the static spherically symmetric solution of Schwarzschild, and identified it as representing the gravitational field surrounding a spherically symmetric body of mass M situated in an otherwise empty spacetime. This solution is asymptotically flat, and in no way incorporates the gravitational effects of distant matter in the Universe. Nevertheless, it seems reasonable to adopt it as a model for the gravitational field in the vicinity of a spherical massive object such as a star, where the star’s mass is the principal contributor to the gravitational field.


Black Hole Equatorial Plane Line Element Proper Time Circular Orbit 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Foster
    • 1
  • J. David Nightingale
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of SussexFalmer, BrightonUK
  2. 2.Department of Physics, The College at New PaltzState University of New YorkNew PaltzUSA

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