Tensor calculus (tensor analysis) is a systematic extension of vector calculus to multivector and tensor fields in a form that is independent of the choice of coordinates on the relevant manifold, but which accounts for respective sub-spaces, their symmetries, and their connections.

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Turning a k-space integral into an energy integral for a conductivity tensor

Looking over a derivation of the conductivity tensor for magneto-resistance, I got stuck trying to go from (1.133) to (1.134), transforming the k-space integral into one over energy. In this ...
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Tensor index notation with e.g. square brackets

I want to learn playing with indices and some notation in General relativity. But in every book just is used this notation. I know upper and lower but I don"t know the meaning of some combination of ...
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Can you set all dummy indices equal to each other? [closed]

According to the Einstein summation convention, can you set all dummy indices within a same expression equal to each other? Example, if both α and β are dummy indices in a same expression can you set ...
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Relativity Coordinate transformation of Vector [closed]

I'm taking a first course in General Relativity but I've been struggling with coordinate system transformation. For example, if I have a Vector defined in Cartesian (x,y) coordinates as $V_x=x^2+3y$ ...
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Moment of inertia tensor of cube with objects inside

I'm currently trying to write a simulation that, essentially, calculates the moment of inertia of a hollow cube in 3D, where it's possible to attach additional cuboid shapes inside of it - to see how ...
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Is time a vector in Minkowski space? [duplicate]

I am arguing about this topic with my school teacher in so long time, I want to finish this debate. My teacher's opinion is "Yes, Time is vector" because four-vector has $t$ component, and mine is ...
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Derivation of the Cartan Field equation

Please help me understand how, in this introduction to spacetime and fields, the Einstein Cartan equation: $$C^k_{\hspace{2mm} [ji]}-\delta_{[i}^{k}C^l_{\hspace{2mm} ...
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Identity in continuum mechanics [closed]

For a problem in the textbook I am reading, I need to prove that $$\int_Vw_{i,j}v_jdV = \int_Sw_iv_jn_jdS,$$ where $S$ is the boundary of the volume $V$, $v_i$ is the velocity vector field of a ...
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Need some help understanding Relativistic Notation

My question originates from what is done in the book on Quantum Field Theory book by Mark Srednicki on page 21 (if anyone has it). So say you have an inertial frame that is represented in the ...
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Tensor product in many electron atoms

One of the quantum mechanics postulates states that a composite system can be described with the tensor product of the component systems. I've read some rationalization about this fact in some post ...
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Splitting different aspects of a system in Quantum Mechanics with tensor products

My understanding from Classical Mechanics is that the degrees of freedom of a system are the generalized coordinates which we use to describe the system. In that case the number of degrees of freedom ...
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Tensor manipulation and showing equality

Im taking GR for the first time and it is definitely throwing me for a loop. The question I am working on is this: Prove that if a contravariant tensor $A^{uv}$ is symmetric, then it remains ...
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Working with indices of tensors in special relativity

I'm trying to understand tensor notation and working with indices in special relativity. I use a book for this purpose in which $\eta_{\mu\nu}=\eta^{\mu\nu}$ is used for the metric tensor and a vector ...
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Why is the Ricci tensor defined as $R^\mu _{\nu \mu \sigma}$?

The Ricci tensor is defined as the contraction of the Riemann tensor in its upper and the second lower index. I was wondering why it is defined this way. What happens if the Ricci tensor is defined ...
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Writing Breit-Pauli spin-spin-coupling Hamiltonian as a sum of irreducible spin tensor operators

The spin-spin interaction part of the Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian for two electrons contains the term \begin{equation} 3(\mathbf S_1 \cdot \mathbf r)(\mathbf S_2 \cdot \mathbf r) - r^2 \mathbf S_1 \cdot ...
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How do I derive geodesic equation using variational principle? [duplicate]

I am trying to derive the geodesic equation using variational principle. My Lagrangian is $$ L = \sqrt{g_{jk}(x(t)) \frac{dx^j}{dt} \frac{dx^k}{dt}}$$ Using the Euler-Lagrange equation, I have got ...
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Can the permittivity tensor always be diagonalized?

For an anisotropic medium, permittivity is a symmetric tensor, with elements as $\epsilon_{ij}$ How can one be sure that it is diagonalizable, if some elements, say $\epsilon_{xy}$ and ...
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Identifying Lorentz Covariant Equations

Statement: $\phi , A^{\mu}, T^{\mu \nu}$ are a Lorentz scalar, vector, and tensor. Which of the following equations are Lorentz covariant. a. $\phi = A_{0}$ b. $\phi = A^{\mu}A_{\mu}$ c. $\phi = ...
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Transformation of self-dual and anti-self-dual tensors and irreducibility of representations

I am working out exercise 2.5 of Maggiore's book. Part of the exercise is the following: Verify that self-dual and anti-self-dual tensors are irreducible representations of (real) dimension three of ...
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Work by Gravity using Tensors [closed]

Now I'm familiar with the various methods for deriving work done by gravity, but I noticed a few things about the situation, and wanted to see if I could properly apply a tensor treatment to the ...
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Components of dual vectors

(This is a close retelling of Wald, problem 2.4b. Not for homework; just curiosity and an increasingly alarming suspicion that I've never actually understood anything.) Let $Y_1 ... Y_n$ be a ...
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Possible confusion, the inertia of something yields a tensor? (trying to understand an example)

I was reading the text by Dan Fleisch titled a A Student’s Guide to Vectors and on first pages he says: An example of a tensor is the inertia that relates the angular velocity of a > rotating ...
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Calculus formulas for buoyant force?

I am launching a high-altitude balloon as a part of a physics project I am working on. I know that the amount of helium I need corresponds to about 40 newtons of lift for the launch, which is all I ...
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Tensor indices and row and column labels of corresponding representation matrices

When reading undergraduate GR literature, I often see that the authors represent tensors ${\eta^\alpha}_{\beta}$, ${\eta^\beta}_{\alpha}$, $\eta_{\alpha \beta}$, $\eta^{\alpha \beta}$ as matrices. ...
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To prove uniqueness of Rotation Tensor [closed]

How can you prove that a rotation tensor which rotates some given vector is a unique tensor? Let's say we have a vector 'a' and we take a tensor product of that vector with some tensor 'Z' such that: ...
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How should Christoffel symbols be written (in LaTeX)? [closed]

I'm writing a summary of a lecture on relativity, and we've recently introduced the Christoffel symbols. It seems that the upstairs indices are the "leftmost" and the downstairs indices are somewhat ...
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What is the metric tensor for?

I am wondering how to use the metric tensor, in practice? I read the book and done the exercises in A student's guide to vectors and tensors by Dan Fleisch. The concept of a tensor and their ...
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Repeated index in covariant derivative using abstract index notation

The same index showing up twice in the charge conservation law $\nabla_a j^a = 0$, as stated using abstract index notation, highly confuses me. If we chose a coordinate basis ...
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Invariant tensors in a general representation and their physical meaning

I'm trying to use tensor methods to find invariant elements of representations. Specifically I'm looking at representations of $SU(5)$. I can show that the invariant element in $5\otimes\bar{5}$ (or ...
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Is an event formally a 4-vector? [duplicate]

An event is a 4D point in spacetime. At every point in spacetime there is a tangent space. 4-vectors live in the tangent space. One can contract two events using a metric tensor. Is there a process ...
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Variation of a tensor

Let a change of coordinates be given by $x^{\mu}\to x^{\mu '}=x^{\mu}+\varepsilon \xi^{\mu}(x)$ with epsilon a small quantity. Given a tensor $T$ we define $\delta T:=T'(x)-T(x)$. I guess this means ...
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Covariant and contravariant 4-vector in special relativity

I've just learned about contra- and covariant vector in the context of special relativity (in electrodynamic) and I'm struggling with some concept. From what I found, an intuitive definition of ...
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Cauchy stress tensor in different coordinate system

The general form of the cauchy stress tensor is given by the dyadic decomposition $$\boldsymbol \sigma = \sigma_{ij}\,\,\mathbf{e}_i \otimes \mathbf{e}_j$$ I want to know how this can be expanded in ...
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Understanding Tensor-operations, covariance, contravariance, … in the context of Special Relativity

I'm currently learning about special relativity but I'm having a really hard time grasping the Tensor-operations. Let's take the Minkowski scalar product of 2 four-vectors: $$\pmb U . \pmb V = ...
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Cauchy stress tensor for a spherically symmetric problem [closed]

Given a sperically symmetric problem, I am asked to show that its Cauchy stress tensor, in spherical coordinates will assume the form: ...
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What exactly does the Kretschmann scalar implies and how does it work?

From the General Relativity class lectures I understood that this particular invariant, the Kretschmann scalar namely $$R_{\mu\nu\lambda\rho} R^{\mu\nu\lambda\rho}$$ is really important because, ...
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How can I prove that for a Killing vector $\nabla^a \nabla_a \xi^\mu = -R^b_a \xi^a$? [closed]

I'm taking a course on General Relativity and I'm trying to prove that for a Killing vector field $\xi^\mu$ the following equation holds: $$\nabla^a \nabla_a \xi^\mu = -R^\mu_a \xi^a$$ Where $R_ab$ ...
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What is the significance of 'energy ellipsoid'?

Well, today I was reading Tensors by Feynman in his lectures, where he introduced the concept of 'energy ellipsoid'. This is the following excerpt: [...] the polarization tensor can be measured ...
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Gradient of vector dot tensor dot vector [closed]

Im new to tensor notation. How would one take the gradient of the expression below? $$\nabla (\vec{r}\dot{}A\dot{}\vec{r})$$ $A$ is a 3 by 3 symmetric tensor independent of $\vec{r}$.
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Why is not the D'Alembert operator a scalar?

I am taking a course on classical electrodynamics and my professor has defined the D'Alembert operator to me as: $$\square=\eta^{\mu \nu} \partial_{\mu} \partial_{\nu}$$ I have been operating using ...
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How do I decide when to use raised/lowered indices when calculating the amplitude of a Feynman diagram?

I am learning the Feynman rules for QCD. The book I am reading tells me that gluon propagators contribute a factor of $$\frac{-ig_{\mu\nu}\delta^{\alpha\beta}}{q^2}$$ However, in one of the ...
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How is the Von Mises stress used in 1D or 2D?

The Von Mises Stress is given by: $\sigma_{VM} = \sqrt{\frac{3}{2}\boldsymbol{\sigma}^{'}:\boldsymbol{\sigma}^{'}}$ My understanding is that the $\frac{3}{2}$ is included to ensure that the von mises ...
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What is the difference between scalar and vector mesons?

My understanding is that vectors and pseudooscalars change sign under parity operation and pseudovectors and scalars do not. However, I don't understand what the difference between a vector and ...
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Possible inconsistency of mixed index tensor notation

I am posting this here, because in my experience, this sort of thing exists in physics-related works only. Given a local frame $\{e_{(i)}\}$ on some $n$-dimensional manifold $M$, and given a local ...
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physical meaning of major symmetry of the stiffness tensor

What happens if a stiffness tensor does not have the "major symmetry" $C_{ijkl}=C_{klij}$? Background: In linear elasticity (generalising Hooke's law from a spring to a continuous medium), the ...
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Notation: tetrad indices

I am trying to understand the meaning of upper and lower indices as used in the Newman-Penrose formalism. The tetrad is $\lbrace l^{a},n^{a},m^{a},\overline{m}^{a}\rbrace$, where the upper index ...
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Riemann tensor with 2nd and last indice the same will vanish?

I calculated that Riemann tensors are antisymmetric with respect to 2nd and last indice,as the symmetry properities of $R_{\rho\nu\sigma\mu}$ goes. $$R^{\omega}_{\ \ \ ...
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Is it right to write $\varepsilon_{ijk} \delta_{jl}=\varepsilon_{ilk}$? (indices notation)

Consider the $l$ component of vector position $\vec{r}$, $r_l$, and the $i$ component of angular momentum $\vec{L}$, $L_i$. We have that $$L_i=[r\times p]_{i}=\varepsilon_{ijk}r_jp_k$$ ...
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Show that $R_{\mu\nu}=C g_{\mu\nu}$ from the vacuum Einstein equation with a nonzero $\Lambda$ [closed]

If I begin with the vacuum field equation with a nonzero cosmological constant: $$R_{\mu\nu}-\dfrac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R+g_{\mu\nu}\Lambda=0$$ How can I show that $$R_{\mu\nu}= ...
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$SU(3)$ Tensor Methods in a Tetraquark

I am trying to understand the Georgi chapter of tensor methods in $SU(3)$ representations, and I don't know how to resolve the tensor product of 2 matrices in a 2 heavy quark + 2 light antiquark ...