The Schwarzschild Solution and Classical Tests of General Relativity

  • Norbert Straumann
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


This is the first of seven chapters in Part II, that are devoted to tests of GR and many of its applications. Beside the classical tests, the geodetic precession of a gyroscope in a spherically symmetric static metric is also treated. Then we turn to the Schwarzschild black hole of a given mass, its Kruskal extension and Penrose diagram. This is generalized to the Reissner–Nordstrøm solution for electrically charged black holes. Important aspects of a spherically symmetric collapse to a black hole are discussed. The chapter ends with an appendix on spherically symmetric gravitational fields.


Black Hole Cauchy Horizon Distant Observer Timelike Geodesic Conformal Compactification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Straumann
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  1. 1.Mathematisch-Naturwiss. Fakultät, Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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