A rank-2 tensor in relativity, which expresses the flux of energy-momentum along timelike and spacelike axes. Also known as the energy-momentum tensor. In the Einstein field equations, it is the source of gravitational fields.

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Interpretation of components of energy-momentum flux near a null surface

Let $k^a$ be the normal to a null surface and $l^a$ be the auxiliary null vector satisfying $l^a k_a=-1$ (see, for instance, the textbook A Relativist's Toolkit by Poisson). I wanted to understand ...
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Is $\phi^4$ theory in 4d conformally invariant at the classial level?

I used to believe the three following statements to be true (at the classical level only): From scale invariance full conformal invariance follows. Scale invariance is present if there are no ...
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Stress-energy tensor for Dirac fields, and its dependence on connection

In the stress-energy tensor (SET) for free scalar and vector fields, any references to the connection $\Gamma^\lambda_{\mu\nu}$ in the kinetic terms appear to either be absent ($\nabla_\mu \phi = \...
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Stress-energy tensor for a fermionic Lagrangian in curved spacetime - which one appears in the EFE?

So, suppose I have an action of the type: $$ S =\int \text{d}^4 x\sqrt{-g}( \frac{i}{2} (\bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu \nabla^\mu\psi - \nabla^\mu\bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu \psi) +\alpha \bar{\psi} \gamma_\mu \...
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Central charge in energy-momentum tensor OPE

I think that general point of view about central charge in books is considering OPE $T(z) T(w)$ for different field theories and finding that general expression for the most singular term is about to ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor under Lorentz Transformation

In relativity, the symmetric energy-momentum tensor is given by $$ T^{ij}, $$ where $T^{00}$ is the energy density and $\frac{1}{c}T^{10}$ is the momentum density. Thus: $$ \left(\frac{1}{c}T^{00}dV, ...
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Why not $\rho^{2}=T^{\mu\nu}T_{\mu\nu}$ as an effective mass density (squared ) in general relativity?

Why not $\rho^{2}=T^{\mu\nu}T_{\mu\nu}$ as an effective mass density (squared) in general relativity? It's covariant, and as far as I can tell is zero for any electromagnetic field tensor. \begin{...
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On the definition of Lagrangian

I have a question about "the definition of Lagrangian" in spacetime manifold. In general relativity, the energy-stress tensor and the vacuum energy stress tensor can be written as below: $$T_{\nu\mu}=...
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Position of indices in QFT

I have recently started studying quantum field theory from the book Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by Schwartz. In chapter 2 it is said that, contrary to GR, one can ignore the index ...
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Maxwell Stress Tensor at material boundaries

I am trying to grasp the meaning of the Maxwell Stress tensor $T_i^j$ at material boundaries. Concretely, I am trying to calculate the force between two waveguides. The results are given in an article ...
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Mathematical expression of energy storage

I'm trying to develop an idea which is as follows. Put simply, imagine a flat sheet of material which, when distorted (I.e. curved in the third dimension) stores energy. Now, by calculating the ...
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Metric with Harmonic Coefficient and Stress-Energy Tensor in General Relativity

I have two question: Is there any possible implies or interest to use in general relativity a metric whose coefficients are harmonic functions? What is the meaning (physical) if the stress-energy ...
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What is the metric of a constant electromagnetic (pure electric or pure magnetic) field?

For example, imagine a magnetic field $B_x$ directing in $\hat{x}$ direction filling all the space. What is its associated metric field? I can construct the electromagnetic stress-energy tensor for ...
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Transformation of quasi-primary field in CFT [closed]

As it is well known that in conformal field theory the energy-momentum tensor is a quasi-primary field, and its transformation law under conformal transformation $z\rightarrow w(z)$ is \begin{...
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OPE coefficents and commutation relations, and OPE with stress tensor

Basic question about conformal field theory: In a conformal field theory in $d\geq 3$ dimensions, what is the relation between commutation relations and OPE coefficients? In particular, because ...
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Second derivative of the stress-energy tensor

Which physical meaning can have if the second derivative of stress-energy tensor is zero? In General Relativity or elsewhere.
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Correlator of energy-momentum tensor and OPE

In http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9108028 Equation (2.22), the correlation function of then energy-momentum tensor with some primary fields is We can view this as sum over the OPE of the energy-...
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When is stress-energy tensor defined as variation of action with respect to metric conserved?

In General Relativity Einstein's equation implies that stress-energy tensor on its RHS is conserved (has vanishing divergence), due to the Bianchi identity. Considering variational principles leading ...
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Energy-momentum tensor transformation [closed]

I've been trying to find how the energy-momentum tensor changes if we add a total derivative to the lagrangian: $$L\to L+\mathrm d_\mu X^\mu.\tag{1}$$ From the answer key: $$T^{\mu\nu}\to T^{\mu\nu}...
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Virasoro Algebra vs Witt Algebra

I'm reading some notes on CFT, and there's a strange topic that I find quite confusing. We define the Witt algebra to be the generators of conformal transformations on the complex plane. $l_n = -z^{...
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Flat space Solution of Einstein Field Equation

Does a trace-free energy-momentum tensor $T_{\mu}^{\mu} = 0$ ensure that the Einstein's field equations have a flat space solution?
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Showing classical spin tensor is time independent for free particle

Reading through Weinberg's gravitation book, the following definition is given for the spin tensor (Pauli-Lubanski psuedovector): $$ S_\alpha = \frac{1}{2}\epsilon_{\alpha\beta\gamma\delta} J^{\beta\...
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An expression for stress power

I have seen it written that for a continuum undergoing deformation, if we ignore body forces and heat transfer, the work done is equal to stress power: $\cfrac{dW}{dt}=\sigma_{ij}D_{ij}$, where $D_{...
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What does Weinberg–Witten theorem want to express?

Weinberg-Witten theorem states that massless particles (either composite or elementary) with spin $j > 1/2$ cannot carry a Lorentz-covariant current, while massless particles with spin $j > 1$ ...
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Why can we not choose the stress tensor in a CFT to be identically symmetric?

The stress tensor for a conformal field theory (or any quantum field theory) can be derived from the action $S$ by the functional derivative $$T^{\mu \nu} ~=~ -\frac{2}{\sqrt{|g|}}\frac{\delta S}{\...
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Stress-Energy Content

I think that the Einstein Field Equation relates the pseudo metric to the the distribution of matter-energy as represented by the stress-energy tensor. Are the stress entries in the stress-energy ...
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Interpreting $Q_i=\partial_{\nu}T^{i \nu}$ from dust [duplicate]

I am working on Sean Carroll's problem 1.8 If $\partial_\nu T^{\mu \nu} = Q^\mu$, what physically does the spatial vector $Q^i$ represent? Use the dust energy momentum tensor to make your case. ...
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Scale invariance and stress energy tensor

I have seen in a paper [1] that in a quantum field theory scale invariance takes place provided the stress energy tensor is traceless. How this is true? References: "INFINITE CONFORMAL SYMMETRY IN ...
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What is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter? [closed]

Since, there is always an interplay between gravity and the fabric of spacetime. I wonder which is more fundamental: Geometry and Topology or physical matter?
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Warping function for torsion of non-circular prism

I have a few questions regarding the case of torsion of a prism, as encountered in continuum mechanics. Specifically, a prism (which can be a cylinder, a rectangular prism, elliptical prism, etc.) has ...
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Electromagnetism theory and complex scalar field

I've got the following problem for classical field theory lecture: Find equations of motion (equations of field?), canonical and symmetrical tensor of energy-momentum in electromagnetic field ...
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Pressure and density using a general Lagrangian

Given a lagrangian of a form: \begin{equation}\mathcal{L}=f(\phi,\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial^{\mu}\phi)\end{equation} where $f$ is a function, I need to derive pressure and density in a FLRW universe ...
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What are the vacuum Einstein's equations? [closed]

I read on Wikipedia that if the Stress-Energy Tensor is set to zero in General Relativity's Field Equation that it makes the Vacuum Equations. What are these equations, and how are they used?
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Why does matter curve space time? [duplicate]

I am under the impression that Einstein never explains in his General Theory of Relativity, why matter curves spacetime; could explanations please be given?
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Does metric signature affect the stress energy tensor?

If one were to derive the stress-energy tensor for a metric with $(+,-,-,-)$ signature would it be different from the stress-energy tensor derived from the same metric but with $(-,+,+,+)$ signature?
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Inequivalent matter actions with the same stress-energy tensor in general relativity

In general relativity, suppose as usual that we have the following action for the matter fields \begin{equation} S_{\mathrm{matter}} = \int_M d^4 x \sqrt{-g} L_{\mathrm{matter}} , \end{equation} ...
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The dimension of the energy-momentum tensor and the Einstein-Hilbert action

I have been thinking recently what will happen if one uses the energy momentum tensor of the Dirac field as a source in the Einstein Field equations. It is well known that in this case $$ T_{\mu\nu}=...
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What is the purpose of the Maxwell Stress Tensor?

In the calculation of the forces acting on a charge/current distribution, one arrives at the Maxwell stress tensor: $$\sigma_{ij}=\epsilon_0 E_iE_j + \frac{1}{\mu_0} B_iB_j -\frac{1}{2}\left(\...
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Is it possible that Cauchy stress be asymmetric?

According to conservation of linear momentum and angular momentum, one can derive that Cauchy stress tensor is symmetric and hence has only 6 independent components. Is it possible that, when breaking ...
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Derivation of Maxwell stress tensor from EM Lagrangian

From Noether's theorem applied to fields we can get the general expression for the stress-energy-momentum tensor for some fields: $$T^{\mu}_{\;\nu} = \sum_{i} \left(\frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\...
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Understanding Vaidya metric and pure radiation stress-energy tensor

I am following Vaidya metric and how it is related to pure radiation from Wikipedia. But when it reaches the line where stress-energy tensor is equated to product of two four-vectors, I cannot follow ...
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What is the explicit form of $\tau^{\alpha\beta}$ in the linearized Einstein field equations $\Box h^{\alpha\beta}=-16\pi\tau^{\alpha\beta}$?

If we let $h^{\alpha\beta}=\eta^{\alpha\beta}-g^{\alpha\beta}\sqrt{|det(g)|}$ then, according to wikipedia, the Einstein Field Equations become $$\Box h^{\alpha\beta}=-16\pi\tau^{\alpha\beta},$$ where ...
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What kind of object is the Landau--Lifshitz pseudotensor?

I understand that it's called a pseudotensor because it's not a tensor. Wikipedia says most pseudotensors are sections of jet bundles, which are perfectly valid objects in GR. (http://en....
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Is every solution of Einstein field equations unique?

Einstein's equation is $$8 \pi T_{ab} = G_{ab},$$ where the left side contains the stress-energy tensor and the right side contains the Einstein tensor. Is there exactly one unique stress-energy ...
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Evaluating the components of Maxwell's stress tensor

I was going through the Maxwell's stress tensor section of Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths. In the example 8.2(screenshot below), I fail to understand how the equation 8.23 (in the ...
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On the isotropy of materials

I am working on honeycomb structures and first of all I would like to understand whether it is isotropic or not, and, if the latter holds, which kind of anisotropy does it have? How to do it? I don't ...
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Why does Weyl invariance imply a traceless energy-momentum tensor?

I've begun to self-study String Theory from Polchinski and Becker, Becker and Schwarz. I don't see why the fact that the Polyakov action is invariant under Weyl transformations is related to the ...
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Relation of conformal symmetry and traceless energy momentum tensor

In usual string theory, or conformal field theory textbook, they states traceless energy momentum tensor $T_{a}^{\phantom{a}a}=0$ implies (Here energy momentum tensor is usual one which is symmetric ...
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Time dilation as an effect of energy density

Has any relation been observed or postulated to exist between the energy-density (or the surrounding space) of an object and time dilation? i.e. Higher energy density==>Slower rate of time?
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In General relativity, what is the meaning of flow of $x$ momentum in $x$ direction or pressure in $x$ direction? [duplicate]

I found this interesting paper on Arxiv devoted to explaining Einstein's field equations in simple English. The author, JC Baez, does this by considering a group of small spherical balls in ...