Mathematical discipline which uses the techniques of calculus to study geometric problems. General relativity is written in this language.

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Help with proving a relation

I am trying to see if the following relation, \begin{equation} \frac 12 g_{ij}\frac{d^2\eta}{du^2}+\frac 12 g_{ij}\frac{d\eta }{du}+\frac 12 \frac{\partial g_{ij}}{\partial x^j}\frac ...
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Derivation of geodesic deviation equation from two neighbouring geodesics

I'm stuck trying to follow Foster and Nightingale's derivation of the geodesic equation from two neighbouring geodesics $x^{a}\left(u\right)$ and $\tilde{x}^{a}\left(u\right)$ joined by a ...
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How to approach proofs in Electricity and Magnitism that involve integrals?

I have read through both Franklin and Jackson's Electromagnetism books and I am able to understand the different proofs involving integrals but when I try to re-derive them on my own later I am always ...
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How would you describe what the affine parameter is in layman's terms? [duplicate]

I've been trying to learn it from other sites, but I'm not well-versed enough in mathematics to understand.
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What's the nature of entanglement? [closed]

Since there are so many results revealing the relation between entanglement and geometry, such as the construction of spacetime from entanglement, ER bridge and entanglement/complexity, geometrical ...
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Do we have a generalization of natural connection on quaternionic Hopf fibration? [closed]

For the quaternionic Hopf fibrations, $S^3\rightarrow S^7\rightarrow S^4$, we have a natural BPST connection form. Do we have some generalization of it? For example, the 'natural' connection form on ...
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Classical conformal invariance

So I am trying to understand classical conformal invariance. So we move gently from general coordinate invariance to Weyl invariance to conformal invariance, and now they start out with this thing ...
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Classical Statistical thermodynamics phase space and residue $h$

In classical statistical mechanics we have to divide the partition function by a factor of $1/h^n$. In almost every calculation of a real quantity this cancels out and is thought to be a remnant of ...
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Still about the diameter of a Riemannian manifold on $SU(2^n)$ with negative curvature

My exact problem is a Riemannian manifold defined on $SU(2^n)$, where the metric is defined as follows: If $U(t)$ is a curve so that $U′(t)=−iH(t)U(t)$, we can defined a metric at $U(t)$ as ...
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How is the Routhian of classical mechanics defined?

The Hamiltonian is a function on the cotangent bundle to a configuration manifold $H:T^*M\rightarrow \mathbb R$. The Lagrangian is a function on the tangent bundle to the configuration manifold ...
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General relativity without curvature?

Is there a reformulation of general relativity without curved space time, just with fields (like classical E&M)? Edit: removed the part about E&M with curvature (multiple posts).
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Diameter of manifold with negative curvature

Are there any results (papers/books) on this problem? I am working on a finite dimensional Riemannian manifold which has a negative curvature almost everywhere. But I do not know if such kind of ...
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Diameter of the space of unitary operation manifold for quantum computation?

I am considering the unitary operation manifold for quantum computation. In order to examine the computational complexity of an algorithm using n qubits, we need to define the complexity of a certain ...
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Why closed in the definition of a symplectic structure?

Why do we want the 2-form $\omega $ to be closed? What if it is not?
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New “oscillator basis” of gamma matrices?

It was mentioned in http://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/files/12371620/Studentthesis-Mehmet_Akyol_2013.pdf page 28, a new concept "oscillator basis" or more precisely the author defines gamma matrices of ...
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In field theory, why are some symmetry transformations applied to the field values while other act on the space that the fields are defined on?

My basic understanding is that a field theory consists of symmetry groups, a space $S$ that the symmetry groups act on and of fields defined on that space $S$. In other words, the space $S$ is the ...
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Can we say that gravity(indirectly) is responsible for motion of electrons around nucleus? [closed]

From Wikipedia But because general relativity dictates that the presence of electromagnetic fields (or energy/matter in general) induce curvature in spacetime From Wikipedia An ...
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Why are the quantum observables defined on opens sets a presheaf and not a sheaf?

In local quantum field theory or AQFT one can mathematically describe over each open set $U$ of a spacetime $M$ the quantum states or observables of the theory. This structure is commonly referred as ...
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Construct bivariate symmetric (polynomial) Hilbert-Schmidt two-qubit volume functions over the unit square with certain properties

Construct bivariate symmetric polynomials (two-qubit volume functions) f(r,R) = f(R,r) >= 0 over [0,1]^2, with f(1,R) = f(r,1)=0, such that the univariate marginal (integrating over r or R) ...
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Can $S^4$ be the cotangent bundle of a manifold? [migrated]

I am asking the question because in the classical mechanics book by Arnold, he states that there is a distinguished 1-form on $T^*V $. It seems that there is no such distinguished 1-form on a general ...
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Riemannian generalization of Weierstrass transform

As it has been written on this Wikipedia page, one can define the Weierstrass transform on any Riemannian manifold. Even though, I couldn't find any references guess that the Weierstrass transform on ...
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Configurations and configuration manifold in Lagrangian Optics

In Classical Mechanics, given a certain system of particles it is possible to consider the configuration manifold $Q$ which is a differentiable manifold whose points are possible configurations of the ...
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Any good reference on Maslov index (or Morse index)?

Any good reference on Maslov index (or Morse index)? I have some basic knowledge of differential geometry, calculus of variation. So is there any good reference for me?
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Foliation of the phase space

Consider an arbitrary classical Hamiltonian system. Given an initial state $(p_0, q_0)$, we can get a solution of the equation of motion, a curve in the phase space. Now the problem is, for a generic ...
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Covariant derivative and tensor symmetries [migrated]

Suppose we have a tensor field $T^{ab}$ such that $T^{ab} = T^{ba}$ everywhere. Then from the definition of the Riemannian covariant derivative in terms of a map between tensors, why must we then have ...
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Geometric meaning of spin connection

A very short question: Does the spin connection that we encounter in General Relativity $$\omega_{\mu,ab}$$ have a geometric meaning? I am supposing it does because it comes from mathematical terms ...
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Infinite dimensional manifolds in general relativity [closed]

In GR the concept of a manifold is very useful. However, all of these manifolds are of finite dimension. Is it possible to define a manifold with infinite dimension (ie much like Hilbert space in QM) ...
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What coordinate systems allows the magnitude of the basis vectors to change with position?

I'm familiar with coordinate systems where the direction of the basis vectors changes with position, but I haven't come across any where the relative magnitude of the basis vectors themselves are ...
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Taking squares or square roots of differential forms?

Reading the recent paper Loop Integrands from the Riemann Sphere by Yvonne Geyer, Lionel Mason, Ricardo Monteiro and Piotr Tourkine I noticed that the authors occasionally seem to take squares and ...
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Confusion about 1-forms as introduced in “Gravitation” (Kip S. Thorne,…)

In the book Gravitation in chapter 2, paragraph 5, they introduce the concept of 1-forms by thinking about the momentum 4-vector differently. They first introduce the de Broglie 1-form as follows (I ...
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Hermiticity of Dirac operator in curved spacetime

The Dirac Lagrangian in curved spacetime is usually given by \begin{equation} \mathcal{L} = i\bar{\Psi}\gamma^a e^{\mu}_a(\partial_\mu + \frac{1}{4}\omega_{\mu bc}\gamma^b\gamma^c)\Psi \end{equation} ...
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Does $R_{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} R^{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} \propto R$ hold?

For $R_{\mu \nu \sigma \rho}$ the Riemann-tensor and $R$ the Ricci-scalar: Does $R_{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} R^{\mu \nu \sigma \rho} \propto R$ hold? Or is there any way to relate $R$ approximately ...
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Interpretation of black hole area

I'm studying properties of Kerr spacetimes and a lot of fuss is made about area of BH. It is defined to be integral of area element on event horizon $r=r_+$, $t=const.$ where $r_+$ is radial ...
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Newtonian motion of a particle confined to a smooth surface

Recently, I've been considering a model wherein a lone particle with constant mass m is confined to a surface $F$: $\mathbb{R}^m \to \mathbb{R}^n$ , where $m < n$. I declare this surface to be ...
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Einstein-Yang-Mills Connections

I am playing around with coupling a classical $SU(2)$ Yang-Mills theory to Einstein's equations. Assuming spherical symmetry, the $SU(2)$ connection can be written \begin{equation} A = ...
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Existence of affine parametrization [closed]

This is a question from General Relativity by Wald Chapter 3, problem 5. Given either pseudo-Riemannian or Riemannian metric $g_{ab}$ and manifold $M$. Assume the $\nabla$ is compatible with the ...
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Angle sum of triangle in Schwarzschild solution

Curvature of space is often intuitively explained as angles of a triangle not adding up to 180 degrees. My questions concerns that. Suppose you have a perfectly spherical star of uniform density - so ...
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Where does the “Supersymmetry” in Witten's proof of the Morse inequalities come from?

Where does the "Supersymmetry" in Witten's proof of the Morse inequalities (original paper and outline of proof for mathematicians) come from? Hopefully someone can provide an intuitive understanding? ...
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Maxwell's equations in integral form using differential geometry

So I've been trying to convert from Maxwell's equations in terms of differential forms to the integral versions of Maxwell's equations that we know from vector calculus. We have, in vector calculus ...
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Covariant derivative commutator on spinors [closed]

What is this object $[\nabla_{\mu},\nabla_{\nu}]\epsilon$ in terms of curvature tensor $R_{\mu\nu}$? Where $\nabla_{\mu}$ is the covariant derivative on a four sphere and $\epsilon$ is spinor. PS: I ...
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Elementary question about distributive property of variation operator on an exterior product

I am trying to work out the equations of motion of a 11-dimensional supergravity action $$S = \frac{1}{2\kappa^2}\left(\gamma\int d^{11}x\sqrt{|g|}\mathcal{R} - \frac{\alpha}{2}\int G \wedge \star G ...
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Is EM interpreted in a principal or vector bundle?

I've read in a few places that EM is a $U(1)$-principal bundle; but is this correct? Isn't it rather an associated vector bundle using the adjoint representation of $U(1)$?
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How does one write Newtons 2nd Law using the language of forms?

Newton's second law says that $F=ma$. Supposing that the force is conservative and can thus be expressed in terms of a potential $V$ we have that $F=-dV$. We have that $V$, being a function, can ...
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Telling if geometry is curved without Riemann tensor

If you're only interested in telling whether a certain geometry is flat or curved, and you do not need to know in which way it is curved, do you still need the Riemann tensor? When I try to visualize ...
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Normal of a null surface and null junction conditions in general relativity

I am trying to use the null junction formalism in general relativity (as explained in eg http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.43.3763&rep=rep1&type=pdf, "Junctions and thin ...
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What are the equations of motion for the scalar field in the tetrad formalism?

The action of a massless scalar field in curved spacetime is given by: \begin{equation} S(\phi)=\int d^{4}x \sqrt{-g}\left(g^{\mu\nu}\phi_{,\mu}\phi_{,\nu}\right) \end{equation} Now the action can ...
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Master's Thesis in General Relativity [closed]

just throwing a query out to the Physics community. I'm about to embark on a master's in Gravitation, Cosmology and General Relativity and was looking for possible subjects to start researching. My ...
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Gradient in the Frenet-Serret coordinate

I was simply thinking that the gradient in the Frenet-Serret coordinate at a particular point is similar to the gradient in the Cartesian coordinate. I simply assumed that Frenet space is an ...
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Does spacetime position not form a four-vector?

When one starts learning about physics, vectors are presented as mathematical quantities in space which have a direction and a magnitude. This geometric point of view has encoded in it the idea that ...
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Variation of Christoffel symbol and Lie derivative

I've also asked this question on Math Overflow; I hope that asking in two separate fora is not a solecism. Under an infinitesimal diffeomorphism the Riemann metric changes by the Lie derivative $$ ...