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

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Timelike Boundary

I was reading in a paper (see 1st paragraph of introduction section in http://arxiv.org/pdf/1510.00709.pdf) that in AdS space, waves can reach the boundary in finite time and, since said boundary is ...
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What happens if locally manifold is seen as an Euclidean space? [closed]

I have been trying to understand the definition of a manifold and I have found out that the most common definition can be paraphrased as: A manifold is a space that has a complex "topology" globally ...
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The Ricci tensor and its relation to volume

From Wikipedia's entry on Ricci tensor, In differential geometry, the Ricci curvature tensor, named after Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, represents the amount by which the volume of a geodesic ball in ...
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Configuration manifold of a rigid body

As I know, a rigid body is a set of $N$ particles in three-dimensional space subject to the following constraint: if $b_1,\dots,b_N\in \mathbb{R}^3$ are the initial positions of the particles and if ...
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Einstein space - proper definition [closed]

Excuse, this is my first question at this forum, I try to be clear and short. What is the exact definition of Einstein spaces? It's enough to say $$ G^{\mu\nu}_{;\mu}=0~? $$ Where $$ ...
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Gradient one-form [duplicate]

I am trying to understand what gradient one-form means actually. In the book that I'm following (A first course on General Relativity by Schutz) it's told that gradient is a one-form and it's ...
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What kind of math do I need got general relativity? [duplicate]

I'm 15 this year and have a passion in physics What kind of math do I need to tackle general relativity? Also what year in uni do we learn about general relativity?
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Chern-Simons function

The Chern-Simons function on the space of connections, mod the gauge transformations, on a 3-manifold can be defined by an integral. I study mathematics as profession, so I want to know what is the ...
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Where does the 3-velocity live?

Imagine a four-dimensional affine space $\mathcal{M}$ with the standard metric $\eta = \text{diag} (1,-1,-1,-1)$. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a worldline of a point particle parametrized by an affine ...
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Euler density of two-dimensional manifolds

I am asking this question after reading this post: What is Euler Density?. For a two dimensional manifold, the Euler density is given by: \begin{equation} E_2=2R_{1212} \end{equation} (note that ...
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Schwarzschild metric: Change in coordinates corresponds to change in object?

I have been reading about the Schwarzschild metric in the book "General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists" by Hobson, Efstathiou and Lasenby and it appears to say something counter intuitive. ...
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What equation (/solution) predicts the existence of black holes?

Where does our theoretical prediction of the existence of black holes come from? If it is (as I am guessing) from the Einstein Field Equations, which solution predicts it and why?
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Classical Field Theory Using Geometry

I would like to know if there are good introductory courses on Classical Field Theory taught in a differential geometry approach yet one doesn't need a background in those mathematical subjects but ...
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Tangent Vectors as Infinitesimal Displacements

I'm reading Wald's General Relativity, and I'm stuck on something that is stated very early on in the book. For an abstract manifold $M$, he goes through the usual definition of a tangent vector at ...
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How to obtain initial conditions to image Kerr black hole?

I'm reading Gravitational Lensing by Spinning Black Holes in Astrophysics, and in the Movie Interstellar to make a raytracer code to image Kerr black holes. The paper introduces a Fiducial Observer ...
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How can I mathematically describe the parallel transport in the Roman soldiers example?

I've been trying to understand parallel transport. Many of the descriptions present a mathematical version: $\nabla_V X = 0$. And/or they present an example involving soldiers (usually Roman) ...
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Helical killing vector

A killing vector X is defined as a vector field that satisfies the relation $$\mathcal{L}_X g_{\mu\nu}=0.$$ which basically means that if one were to transport the metric along this vector, there ...
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Riemannian generalization/adaption of the Hubbard–Stratonovich transformation

I'd like to write the Hubbard–Stratonovich (HS) transformation of a scalar function on a Riemannian manifold. This transformation is quite simple in Euclidean space. One can consider it as a Fourier ...
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Diiference between three squashed sphere and three sphere and number of susy

First I know that three sphere $S^3$ and squashed sphere $S_b^3$ \begin{align} S_{b}^{3} = \begin{array} & R^2 \times S_{r}, \quad r=b, \quad b\rightarrow 0 \\ R^2 \times S_{r}, \quad ...
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Is there a well defined way to shift Cauchy surfaces back and forth?

Let $S$ be a Cauchy surface on a four-dimensional connected Lorentzian manifold. Define $\Gamma(S)=\{\gamma:\mathbb{R}\to M\mid \gamma(0)\in S, \gamma$ is a unit speed geodesic passing orthogonally ...
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What is the degrees of freedom of metric tensor?

As $g_{\mu\nu}$ can be taken to be symmetric, it contains 10 functions of spacetime in 4 dimensions. But, why we call these 10 functions as the degrees of freedom of the metric while they are the ...
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Intuition about Momentum Maps

I'm studying Classical Mechanics and there is one object that appeared recently on the book I'm not being able to get a physical intuition about it. The mathematical definition goes as follows: Let ...
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Differentiation of a vector with respect to a vector

Does differentiation of a vector with respect to a vector make any sense? Even if it makes sense, how does it make any physical meaning? I mean what is the physical interpretation?
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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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Null geodesic equation with affine parameters [duplicate]

A photon's geodesic equation is defined by re-parameterizing the geodesic equation to some parameter other than proper time. This is done because $ds=0$ for the photon. Again if we use affine ...
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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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Meaning of “physical” and “gravitational” metrics

I've recently been reading some notes (following a paper by J.D. Bekenstein, titled "The Relation between Physical and Gravitational Geometry": http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9211017) on alternative ...
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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 definition 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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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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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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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 ...