A Brief Review Noether's Theorems and their Application to General Relativity
Robert J. McLeod
In this article, we will review Noether's Theorems and their application in
General Relativity. We will present Noether's Theorems in their original form
and restate them as they are usually applied to physics. Some basic equations
of Special Relativity will be reviewed and contrasted with the equations in
General Relativity. We will be most interested in the role of Noether's
Theorems in conservation laws. Several applications in flat spaces are
examined. A formulation of Noether's Theorems in curved space is presented. Of
particular interest is the conservation of energy in General Relativity. Here,
there is no general form for a conserved tensor, as there is in a flat space
case. Pseudotensor formulations can be found and two examples are given. In
special cases, one can formulate an equation for the conservation of energy.
The standard cosmology is an example.