The Maximum Tension Principle in General Relativity

  title={The Maximum Tension Principle in General Relativity},
  author={G. W. Gibbons},
  journal={Foundations of Physics},
  • G. Gibbons
  • Published 11 October 2002
  • Mathematics
  • Foundations of Physics
AbstractI suggest that classical General Relativity in four spacetime dimensions incorporates a Principal of Maximal Tension and give arguments to show that the value of the maximal tension is $$\frac{{c^4 }}{{4G}}$$ . The relation of this principle to other, possibly deeper, maximal principles is discussed, in particular the relation to the tension in string theory. In that case it leads to a purely classical relation between G and the classical string coupling constant α′ and the velocity of… 

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