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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On the Lorentz Group representation [closed]

I am going through the notes on QFT by Srednicki (which is certainly a worth reading on the subject, and can be found online, see http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~mark/qft.html). When describing ...
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Stress-energy tensor on spacetime satisfying Klein-Gordon equation

Consider the stress-energy-momentum tensor $$T_{\alpha \beta}=(\nabla_\alpha \phi )\nabla_\beta \phi -\frac{1}{2}g_{\alpha \beta}((\nabla^\nu \phi ) \nabla_{\nu} \phi +m^2 \phi^2$$ where the ...
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Is there a physical interpretation of the alternating property?

A map from a vector-space to its base field is called "alternating" if each vector with repeated elements is mapped to zero. I've read that symplectic geometry is an important representation of ...
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Matrices as second order tensors proof?

I am trying to proof that all matrices are tensors. I have got to a stage where I need to proof that: $$\gamma_{li} \gamma_{kj}= \frac{\partial q_j}{\partial q_k'} \frac{\partial q'_l}{\partial ...
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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 $$ ...
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How to write the Lagrangian in terms of a projection

We know that $$ L=\frac{1}{2}\left(\partial_{\mu} A_{\nu} \partial^{\mu} A^{\nu}-\partial_{\mu} A_{\nu} \partial^{\nu} A^{\mu}\right) $$ But how do we write the Lagrangian in the following way: ...
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Why are densities not fields?

I have read (in Statistical mechanics of lattice system 2: exact, series and renormalization group methods by D.A. Lavis and G.M. Bell pg 2 ), that intrinsic variables are either fields or densities. ...
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How is the electromagnetic tensor expanded?

The electromagnetic tensor is given by $F_{\mu \nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}$, and it appears in the Lagrangian as $L = -\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}^2 - A_{\mu}J_{\mu}$. The text I'm ...
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Non-local gravitational energy tensor

The well-known derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz gravitational energy pseudotensor, relies on several requirements: 1) that it be constructed entirely from the metric tensor 2) that it be index ...
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How do you take the derivative with respect to a rank two tensor?

I am learning classical field theory and am trying to find the momentum density of the electromagnetic lagrangian as part of an example of Noether's Theorem. The derivative I am encountering is: $$ ...
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Clarification on meaning of scalar in math and scalar in physics

When a mathematician says something is a scalar, say on the plane, they mean that it associates to points on the plane real numbers. When a physicist says something is a scalar, they mean that if we ...
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How to write a generic density matrix for multi qubit system

I was reading the paper device independent outlook on quantum mechanics. The author defines a generic two qubit density matrix as $$ \rho=\frac{1}{4}\left( I \otimes I + \vec{r_{\rho}} \cdot ...
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Tricks for evaluating tensor contractions with Levi-Civita symbol

I am trying to evaluate the Lorentz invariant $\epsilon^{\alpha\beta\gamma\delta}F_{\alpha\beta}F_{\gamma\delta}$, where $F_{\mu\nu}$ is the electromagnetic field tensor, $$ F_{\mu\nu} = ...
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Differentiating between Tensor Networks

I am trying to study tensor networks and their application to quantum phase transitions. However, I had a question concerning the connection between the projected entangled-pair states (PEPS) and the ...
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Can I simply reverse the indices in a contraction?

Suppose I have something like $$ \left( \nabla_\mu \nabla_\beta - \nabla_\beta \nabla_\mu \right) V^\mu = R_{\nu \beta} V^\nu $$ Can since all the terms involving $\mu$ on the left and $\nu$ on the ...
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Covariant derivative ordering

I was working on a problem involving Bianchi identities, in a particular case I have to take the covariant derivative of the following, which indeed is the Ricci tensor in linearised limit ...
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Using tensors on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian

We can write the Lagrangian (with $n$ generalized coordinates) using the following expression: ...
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Traceless Tensors in $SU(3)$, Georgi's Lie Algebras

I'm doing a self-study through Georgi's Lie Algebra's in Particle Physics and there is a ''note without proof'' in the book that I have not managed to see through myself. In Section 10.3, Georgi ...
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How can I make two separate equations for Christoffel symbols give the same answer?

I have been studying the covariant derivative and I'm confused by the calculation of the Christoffel symbols $\Gamma$. The equation for computing $\Gamma$ is given as: $${\Gamma^c}_{ab} = \frac12 ...
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Notation for $N$-particle wave functions

If we have one particle we first look at an orthonormal basis of the one-particle Hilbert space $|n\rangle$. Here $n$ is the abbreviation for a compete set of quantum numbers, for example $n = ...
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Problem understanding Lorentz invariance [duplicate]

So they usually started with "...This is obviously Lorentz invariant, because of the 4-vector character of the quantity,..., (and after a two page long derivation) another quantity is also obviously ...
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Representations of Lorentz algebra

It is well known that the Lorentz algebra can be written as two $SU(2)$ algebras. By defining $$N_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i+iK_i), \qquad N^{\dagger}_i=\frac{1}{2}(J_i-iK_i)$$ we have ...
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Technical question about 2-forms

A technical question about the electromagnetic tensor, but before that, it is know if, say, instead of being $$F_{\mu\nu}=\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}$$it were ...
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Perfect fluid and Cauchy momentum equation

The stress-energy tensor of a perfect fluid is given by $$T^{\mu\nu}=\left(\rho+pc^{-2}\right)u^\mu u^\nu+pg^{\mu\nu}$$ The divergence of the stress-energy tensor is zero: $\nabla_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0$. ...
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What is the correct dual of antisymmetric tensors?

In some books I find the dual antisymmetric tensor $$\tilde{H}^{ab}=-\frac{1}{2}\epsilon^{abcd}H_{cd}$$ and other times I find it with no minus sign. How can I tell which to use? Is this like that in ...
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Using metric tensor to contract

Can the metric tensor also contract the indices in the $$\epsilon^{\tau\lambda\mu\nu}~?$$ For example, if we have ...
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Decomposition of a tensor under transformations

To illustrate my question I'll take an example from theory of relativity: An arbitrary 4-tensor $A^{ik}$ changes under a general coordinate transformation: $$ A'^{ik} = C^{i}_mC^{k}_n A^{mn} $$ ...
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The significance of the pressure term within the momentum-energy tensor [duplicate]

EDIT: this question is based around my notion regarding the possible role of potential energy in the momentum energy tensor T$_{\mu\nu}$, The answer below resolves the question and I have deleted ...
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Contraction of Kronecker delta = 4 [duplicate]

This suggests, as a shortcut notation, the concept of lowering indices; from any vector we can construct a (0, 1) tensor defined by contraction with the metric: $$A_\nu ≡ g_{\mu\nu}A^\mu$$ so that ...
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Can Bosons couple to gravity? Why do we need vielbein?

It is said that In theories such as Supergravity where there are fermions coupled to gravity, one must use an auxiliary quantity, the frame field (vielbein). In supergravity, can a boson be coupled ...
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Relativity question about 4-velocity

Given a 4-velocity $u^0$, how do you find $u_0$? Do you use $u_{\alpha}u^{\alpha} = -1$?
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Partial Measurement and the Math Behind it

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right>}$ $\newcommand{bra}[1]{\left< #1 \right|}$ Talking about the partial measurement the professor defines the state $\ket \psi$ to be $$\ket{\psi} = ...
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How to act an operator on a two-particle spin state?

I'm doing an assignment for my quantum class at the moment and I'm having trouble figuring out how to act a Spin operator on a two-particle state - specifically in finding the eigenvalues - I've spent ...
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The divergence of the Stress Energy Tensor

I have been studying general relativity and I have often seen in textbooks that the divergence of the stress energy tensor is zero. $$T^{\mu\nu}_{;\nu} = 0$$ but is it possible to contract and ...
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Differentiating the Lagrangian to find geodesic equations?

I'm stuck pretty much at the first hurdle trying to follow the derivation of the geodesic equations from the Lagrangian ...
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electrical conductivity and resistivity tensor

By definition of the conductivity tensor $\hat{\sigma}$ and the resistivity tensor $\hat{\rho}$, we have \begin{equation*} \begin{split} & j_{\alpha}=\sigma_{\alpha \beta}E_{\beta} \\ & ...
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Density Matrix Renormalization Group (DMRG) Simulation of a String-Net Model

In the following paper, Dr. Xiao Gang-Wen et. al. introduce the idea that string-net condensed states can be represented in terms of tensor product states: http://arxiv.org/pdf/0809.2821.pdf The ...
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Prove $F_{\mu\rho} \tilde F_\nu^{\phantom{\nu}\rho} = \frac14 \eta_{\mu\nu} F_{\rho\sigma} \tilde{F}^{\rho \sigma} $ using Schouten identity [Done] [closed]

How to prove \begin{align} F_{\mu\rho} \tilde{F}_{\nu}^{\phantom{\nu}\rho} = \frac{1}{4} \eta_{\mu\nu} F_{\rho\sigma} \tilde{F}^{\rho \sigma} \end{align} using Schouten identity \begin{align} 0 = ...
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Tensors and change of basis

When we say that a tensor is an array of numbers that transform according to some formula from one basis to another, can both bases be of the same coordinate system?
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Rotation in the x-t plane

I am currently studying special relativity using tensors. My lecture notes (which happen to be publicly accessible, see top of page 99) say that the standard configuration can be viewed as a rotation ...
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Tensor product of operators in QM

If I wanted to find the coefficients of a linear transformation between 2 vectors in the basis for 2 spin $1/2$ paticles (let's say for starters we are not even looking for a unitary transform): ...
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What does a left-right arrow in a tensor formula mean?

I need help with some some notation I've not seen before. Is using the left-right arrow in this formula $$[P^μ,M^{ρσ}]=i\hbar(g^{\mu\sigma}P^\rho-(\rho\leftrightarrow\sigma))$$ equivalent to writing ...
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Making sense out of covariance and contravariance

I just read about co- and contravariant vectors and I am not sure that I got it right: If we imagine that we have a n-dimensional manifold $M$ then a tangent space is spanned by the vectors ...
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Physical interpretation of the relative displacement tensor?

I've resolved a relative displacement tensor into a strain tensor and a rotation tensor, where the strain tensor is: $$ \varepsilon_{i,j} =\begin{pmatrix} 0.2 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0.8 ...
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Levi-Civita symbol and Hermitian conjugate

When we take the Hermitian conjugate/dagger of an operator expression which contains a Levi-Civita symbol, do we need to transpose the Levi-Civita symbol? E.g., for the crossproduct ...
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General Relativity - Four Velocity Derivative Question

I am trying to get my head around a small point used in a book I am reading about General Relativity. The book states that because $u_au^a = c^2$ it follows that $u_a \nabla_b u^a = 0 $ The first ...
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Spinor notation in general relativity

I have a somewhat broad/big question, and I know that there are many references for it available out there. However, so far I couldn't find anything that I can really understand, that's why here is my ...
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metric determinant and its partial and covariant derivative

question : $\nabla_a \nabla_b \sqrt{g} \phi =\partial_a \sqrt{g} \partial_b \phi$ is true ? because $\nabla_a \sqrt{g}=0$ so we can write $\sqrt{g} \nabla_a \nabla_b \phi$ , but because metric ...
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Varying wrt metric [closed]

I saw people write $\frac{\partial( F^{ab} F_{ab})}{\partial g^{ef}}$ as $\frac {\partial (g^{ca}g^{db}F_{cd}F_{ab})}{\partial g^{ef}}$ in a way that exposes the dependence on the metric. but ...
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Transformation law for field strength tensor [closed]

How do I derive the transformation law for the field strength tensor$$F_{\mu\nu}^A = \partial_\mu V_\nu^A - \partial_\nu V_\mu^A - gC_{BC}^A V_\mu^B V_\nu^C$$to show that it transforms like a vector ...