In the theory of general relativity, we describe the local nature of gravitational field nearby matter as an algebraic relation between the Ricci curvature and the matter fields, i.e., the Einstein field equations:

where is the Ricci curvature, the energy-momentum of the matter fields, and the trace of the energy-momentum tensor.

The successive contractions of Eq. (26) on using of Eq. (24) lead to a set of relations:

where is the Ricci scalar. The Ricci curvature is derived from the once contracted Riemann curvature tensor: .

The Riemann tensor is split into symmetric (massless) traceless and traceful massive parts:

The symmetric traceless part of the Riemann curvature is called the Weyl conformal curvature with the following properties:

The nonlocal (long-range) fields, the parts of the curvature not directly determined locally by matter, are given by the Weyl curvature; propagating the Newtonian (and anti-Newtonian) forces and gravitational waves. It can be shown that the Weyl tensor is irreducibly split into the Newtonian and the anti-Newtonian parts:

where is the gravitoelectric field and the gravitomagnetic field. They are spacelike and traceless symmetric.

The traceful massive part of the Riemann curvature consists of the matter fields and the characteristics of local interactions with matter

Therefore, the Weyl curvature is linked to the matter fields through the Riemann curvature.

2018-03-26