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General relativity and mechanical effects of the space-time curvature

Grant number: 13/21945-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics
Principal Investigator:Daniel Augusto Turolla Vanzella
Grantee:Rodrigo Andrade e Silva
Home Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The main goal of this project is providing the candidate with a solid understanding of General Relativity (GR). For this purpose, besides traditional texts on GR, we shall analyze specific topics which still cause confusion in the literature. Some of them are quasi-rigid bodies in GR, the appearance and definition of "hidden momentum" in relativistic systems, and the "swimming" effect in curved space-time. (AU)