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Penrose diagram

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This entry is about the Roger Penrose‘s diagrams reflecting causal structure of spacetimes in general relativity. For the Penrose notation for tensors in linear algebra see at string diagram.


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In the theory of gravity (general relativity) the Penrose diagram of a given spacetime is a 2-dimensional depiction (time running vertically and a single spatial distance coordinate running horizontally) of its causal structure, reflecting the projected image of the spacetime under a conformal transformation which makes events at timelike/spacelike/lightlike infinity of the spacetime appear at respective boundary points of its Penrose diagram.

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Due to Roger Penrose.

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