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

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Why are totally antisymmetric tensors more useful than totally symmetric tensors?

In an arbitrary number of dimensions, one can naturally define two tensors, Kronecker delta and Levi-Civita epsilon tensor. However, why isn't it advantageous to define some totally symmetric tensor ...
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Geodesic Deviation between Test Particles from Gravitational Wave

I'm having trouble understanding how Carroll (Spacetime and Geometry p.296) explains the effect of a passing gravitational wave on test particles. If we have two geodesics with tangents $\vec{U}$, ...
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Calculate the Riemann tensor and Ricci tensor [closed]

Given a metric tensor $\gamma_{ij}$ (where $i, j = 1, 2, 3$; the metric tensor of 3- dimensional space is denoted by $\gamma_{ij}$ to distinguish it from the metric tensor $g_{\mu\nu}$ of ...
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The relationship between spin and spinor curvature

The identity, $$ -\gamma^b{\mathcal{R}}_{ab} = {\mathcal{R}}_{ab}\gamma^b = \frac{1}{2}\gamma^b R_{ab}$$ is presented in the answer to the question Dirac Equation in General Relativity. How does ...
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Are diffeomorphisms a proper subgroup of conformal transformations?

The title sums it pretty much. Are all diffeomorphism transformations also conformal transformations? If the answer is that they are not, what are called the set of diffeomorphisms that are not ...
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Laplacian in 4 spatial dimensions; 4th dimension warped

How can I prove the form of the Laplacian in four spatial dimensions, using the identification $y = y + 2\pi R$ for the fourth dimension and assuming the others as the usual Cartesian ones? I want to ...
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AdS Space Boundary and Geodesics

I'm new to working with AdS space and am primarily concerned with black holes. I'm just playing round with the metric for AdS$_4$ $$ds^2=-f(r)dt^2+f^{-1}(r)dr^2+r^2d\zeta^2$$ for $f(r)=r^2+m $, ...
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Integral in different coordinate systems

In Griffiths' electrodynamics book, he uses the equation, $$\nabla^2\mathbf{A}=-\mu_0 \mathbf{J},$$ to state that $$\mathbf{A}(\mathbf{r}) = ...
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Why is the space-time interval squared?

The space-time interval equation is this: $$\Delta s^2=\Delta x^2+\Delta y^2+\Delta z^2-(c\Delta t)^2$$ Where, $\Delta x, \Delta y, \Delta z$ and $\Delta t$ represent the distances along various ...
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Simple General Relativity Relation [closed]

Given the identity $$\nabla_a(R^{ab}-\frac{1}{2}R g^{ab})=0,$$ how do I then show that $R_{ab}=0$ implies $$\nabla_a R^a_{\space \space \space bcd}=0$$
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Where does the idea gravity=curvature of spacetime really come from?

I have been searching for quite a while but mostly found the answer: Einstein's genius. Quite unsatisfactory. I know and understand that the idea gravity=curvature of spacetime works. Furthermore I ...
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Recommendation on mathematical physics book of Symplectic geometry

I want to learn the applications of symplectic geometry in physics. Which mathematical physics textbook will have a detailed and heuristic explanation of this aspect?
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How is foliation of manifolds' theory useful in General Relativity?

I am interested on getting some hints on how Foliations Theory of Manifolds can be used fruitfully on General Relativity. I just started my Ph.D on Mathematics this semester focusing on studying ...
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Linear independence of the Covariant Derivative

What's the easiest way to show that the covariant derivative $\nabla U^{\mu}$ is linearly independent to $U^{\mu}$, which is a vector? I mean I'm assuming they are since I'm proving the second ...
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Stuck following derivation of geodesic equation

In the book "Reflections on Relativity" by Kevin Brown, there is a chapter called "Relatively Straight", in which he derives the geodesic equations using the Euler equation. Online version Just ...
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Gregory-Laflamme Instability of Black Strings and $p$-Branes

In a paper by Gregory and Laflamme (http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9301052) in 1993, it was demonstrated that black strings and $p$-branes which were solutions to certain low energy string theories were ...
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What is the relationship between Cyclic Coordinates and Killing Vector Fields?

My question is related to this question. There are three or four other questions on Killing Vector Fields here, however none of them that I have seen address my question. $\\$ I've been studying ...
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GR matter-free equations and Schwarzschild geometry

I am reading some lecture notes on General relativity (undergraduate level) and I do not understand a sequence of statements about the topics in the title. After stating that the for matter-free ...
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Knots and singularities

Can space-time singularities be treated as mathematical knots occurring in dimensions greater than four? I just drew an analogy with knots in one-dimensional strings. When a rubber-band is looped over ...
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What's the point of a cobasis?

I've been learning about tensor analysis, and things have been going well so far, but I'm a bit stuck when it comes to the idea of a cobasis (by which I mean the reciprocal basis; not sure which term ...
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Taylor expansion of the metric

Consider a coordinate change $$ x^a\mapsto \tilde x^a=x^a+\epsilon y^a $$ In the note I am reading, the author calculate the change of metric by $$ g_{ab}(x) = \tilde g_{ab}(\tilde x)=\tilde ...
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Confusion about Lie derivative on metric

According to this site, the Lie derivative of a $(0,2)$-tensor is $$ \mathcal{L}_XT_{ab}=\partial_XT_{ab}+T_{cb}\partial_aX^c+T_{ac}\partial_bX^c $$ However, according the same website, the Lie ...
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What is the Levi--Civita connection of a Wick rotated metric?

A Wick rotation is a transformation that allows to change from a Lorentzian manifold to a Riemaniann manifold. In the cases when this is possible, is the Levi-Civita connection of the Riemaniann ...
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About the proof of the second Bianchi Identity

The second Bianchi Identity is $$ \nabla_{[a}R_{bc]de}=0 $$ As far as I know, the proof (say, Walfram Mathword) start by stating the representation of Riemann tensor in local inertial coordinates $$ ...
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Global Properties of Spacetime Manifolds

When solving the Einstein field equations, $$R_{\mu\nu}-\frac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R = 8\pi GT_{\mu\nu}$$ for a particular stress-energy tensor, we obtain the metric of the spacetime manifold, ...
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de Rham Cohomology of Schwarzschild Manifold

Let $C^p(M)$ denote the group of closed $p$-forms on the manifold $M$, and $Z^p(M)$ the group of all exact $p$-forms on the manifold $M$. The de Rham cohomology is given by the quotient, ...
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proper distance and proper length

I am wondering if I mix up the notion of proper distance and proper length. I have two cuves in Schwarzschild space-time describing the flight of two photons (think of it as photons guided in by ...
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Space-time Topologies?

When it comes to questions of existence of bounds for PDE's and such, one must often make some assumptions regarding the topology of the space-time to use well known theorems. My question is ...
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The properity of $\mathbb{R}^4$ that has infinitely many differential structures is related to Yang-Mills field?

I heard a saying that $\mathbb{R}^4$ having infinitely many differential structures which are not diffeomorphic to each other has a relationship with Yang-Mills field. Does anyone can explain it, and ...
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Physical Interpretation of EM Field Lagrangian

Using differential forms and their picture interpretations, I wonder if it's possible to give a nice geometric & physical motivation for the form of the Electromagnetic Lagrangian density? The ...
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Show that two families of curves are orthogonal (without using orthogonal trajectories)

I'm reading through Hartle's General Relativity and came across this question: Consider the following coordinate transformation from rectangular coordinates $(x,y)$, labeling points in the plane ...
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Calculate divergence of vector in curvilinear coordinates using the metric

In a curved $(3+1)$ dimensional spacetime with metric components $g_{\mu \nu}$, the covariant derivative of a $4$ vector $\mathbf V = (V^0, \vec V)$ is given by $$\nabla_\mu~ V^\mu = ...
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$M^{+}_4$ Randall-Sundrum Brane Calculation

The basic Randall-Sundrum model is given by the metric, $$\mathrm{d}s^2 = e^{-2|\sigma|}\left[ \mathrm{d}t^2 -\mathrm{d}x^2-\mathrm{d}y^2 - \mathrm{d}z^2 \right]-\mathrm{d}\sigma^2$$ where $\sigma$ ...
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Differential geometry of Lie groups

In Weinberg's Classical Solutions of Quantum Field Theory, he states whilst introducing homotopy that groups, such as $SU(2)$, may be endowed with the structure of a smooth manifold after which they ...
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What is the difference between $\nabla _{\sigma} $ and $ \nabla^{\sigma}$?

What is the difference between: $\nabla _{\sigma} $ and $ \nabla^{\sigma}$? I've been told that the first is the covariant derivative, however I'm just starting a course on spacetime geometry and ...
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Coset space and transitiviy

I have a question regarding coset space or homogeneous space $SO(n+1)/SO(n)$ which is simply $S^n$. I need some intuition regarding this result. As everyone knows that for a simple case of ...
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Evaluating the Einstein-Hilbert action

The Einstein-Hilbert action is given by, $$I = \frac{1}{16\pi G} \int_{M} \mathrm{d}^d x \, \sqrt{-g} \, R \, \, + \, \, \frac{1}{8\pi G}\int_{\partial M} \mathrm{d}^{d-1}x \, \sqrt{-h} \, K$$ ...
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Are covariant derivatives of Killing vector fields symmetric?

I'm reading the Lecture Notes on General Relativity by Matthias Blau, and in section 9.1 (point 1) he writes: Let $K^\mu$ be a Killing vector field, and ${x^\mu(\tau)}$ be a geodesic. Then the ...
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Why Hausdorff and Paracompact manifold in GR?

What can we say about the transition map if the manifold is a Hausdorff space? Why do we need the manifolds to be Hausdorff and paracompact in General Relativity?
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Why do we need non-trivial fibrations?

I am currently reading this paper. I understand how the Bloch sphere $S^2$ is presented as a geometric representation of the observables of a two-state system: $$ \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle ...
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Spin connection in higher dimension

I have a problem regarding computation of spin connection in the case where One or more dimension is compactified. For example if we take a $D+1$ dimensional bosonic string action and write the $D+1$ ...
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Which textbook of differential geometry will introduce conformal transformation?

Which textbook of differerntial geometry will have these formulas about conformal transformation? $$\tilde g_{ij} = e^{2\varphi}g_{ij}$$ $$\tilde \Gamma^k{}_{ij} = \Gamma^k{}_{ij}+ ...
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What is the meaning of space-time curvature?

What is the difference between the Space-time curvature and Space curvature?
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Ricci tensor of direct product of manifolds

Imagine I have a (Lorentzian) manifold with a metric $\left[ {\begin{array}{cc} g_{\mu\nu} &0\\ 0&g_{mn}\\ \end{array} } \right]$ Will the Ricci tensor be also block diagonal ...
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Why is the Ricci tensor diagonal for isotropic spacetime?

I'm reading Zee's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell and while calculating the Ricci tensor for FRW spacetime he claims that because the spacelike slices of constant $t$ are rotationally invariant, the ...
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Intuitively what's the relationship between forces and connections?

In Einstein's General Relativity we relate the effects of gravity with the curvature of the Levi-Civita connection on the spacetime manifold. Also, when we get the electromagnetic tensor $F = dA$ ...
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The Spin Connection

Why do we need to introduce the spin connection coefficients $\omega_{\mu \space \space b}^{\space \space a} $ in General Relativity? To me, they just look (mathematically) like the Christoffel ...
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Rigid rectangle in Schwarzschild

Say I build a perfect rectangle. Side lengths $l_1$ and $l_2$ and perfect right angles. I am on earth and the metric is given by the Schwarzschild metric. Setting $dt=0$ leads to the spatial ...
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Metric for infinite straight cosmic string

A string theory question on my general relativity problem set: Metric is given as $$\mathrm{d}s^2 = -A(r)\mathrm{d}t^2 + B(r)\mathrm{d}r^2 + r^2 \mathrm{d}\theta^2.$$ a) Solve the vacuum equations ...
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What is the notion of a spatial angle in general relativity?

Is there a notion of spatial angles in general relativity? Example: The world line of a photon is given by $x^{\mu}(\lambda)$. Suppose it flies into my lab where I have a mirror. I align the mirror ...