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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Is $X^{\mu\nu} \equiv A^{\mu}+B^{\nu}$ a tensor? [closed]

Consider $X^{\mu \nu}$ an "object" with two indices, defined as $X^{\mu\nu} = A^{\mu}+B^{\nu}$. Is $X^{\mu\nu}$ a tensor? Exists some transformation law to carry $X$ to a new coordinate system ? What ...
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Work out components $F^{01}$ and $F^{ij}$ of the antisymmetric tensor $F^{\mu\nu}$ under the Lorentz Transform [closed]

Work out explicitly how the components $F^{0i}$ and $F^{ij}$ of the antysymmetric tensor $F^{\mu\nu}$ introduced in chapter I.6 transform under a Lorentz transformation This problem is from Zee, ...
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Difference between Cartesian product and tensor product on gauge groups

After a comment of John Baez from a question I asked about on MathOverflow I would like to ask what is the difference between, for example, $SU(3)\times SU(2) \times U(1) $ and $SU(3) \otimes SU(2) \...
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How to prove a symmetric tensor is indeed a tensor?

Our professor defined a rank $(k,l)$ tensor as something that transforms like a tensor as follows: $$T^{\mu_1' \mu_2'...\mu_k'}{}_{\nu_1'\nu_2'...\nu_l'} ~=~ \Lambda^{\mu_1'}{}_{\mu_1}...\Lambda^{\...
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How can you have $\frac{DA^\mu}{d\tau}$?

If a covariant derivative is given by: $$D_\nu A^\mu=\partial_\nu A^\mu +\Gamma^\mu_{\nu \lambda} A^{\lambda}$$ Then how does $\frac{DA^\mu}{d\tau}$ make any sense? Since there are no 'differentials' ...
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Why is the Mixed Faraday Tensor a matrix in the algebra so(1,3)?

The mixed Faraday tensor $F^\mu{}_\nu$ explicitly in natural units is: $$(F^\mu{}_\nu)=\left(\begin{array}{cccc}0&E_x&E_y&E_z\\E_x&0&B_z&-B_y\\E_y&-B_z&0&B_x\\E_z&...
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Tensors, indices and matrix notation - is there a common convention?

For a tensor named T with two indices, there are four possibilities: $T_{ij}$ , $T_i^{\ j}$, $T^i{\ _j}$ and $T^{ij}$. Is there a common convention as to how these tensors would be represented as ...
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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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Variation of square root of determinant of metric, $\delta g$ [closed]

I am trying to calculate $$ \frac{\partial \sqrt{- g}}{\partial g^{\mu \nu}},$$ where $g = \text{det} g_{\mu \nu}$. We have $$ \frac{\partial \sqrt{- g}}{\partial g^{\mu \nu}} = - \frac{1}{2 \...
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Transformation of four-velocity in special relativity

I am revising special relativity introducing more matrix form in the equation. Currently I am reading book in which transformation matrix is defined as $${\Lambda= \begin{bmatrix} \gamma & -v\...
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The Riemannian Curvature in Deformations

Is there a direct correlation between the Riemannian Curvature tensor and the deformation gradient tensor in continuum mechanics?
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Jaumann deviatoric stress rate

Background about terms in this question: Hookes law and objective stress rates From my understading, the Jaumann rate of deviatoric stress is written as: $$dS/dt = \overset{\bigtriangleup}{{S}} = {\...
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Covariant derivative commutator on spinors [closed]

What is this object $[\nabla_{\mu},\nabla_{\nu}]\epsilon$ in terms of curvature tensor $R_{\mu\nu}$? Where $\nabla_{\mu}$ is the covariant derivative on a four sphere and $\epsilon$ is spinor. PS: I ...
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Prove that $T_{00}$, $T_{10}$, $T_{01}$, and $T_{11}$ are all $L/(4\pi x^2)$ at $(ct, x, 0, 0)$ for star of constant luminosity $L$

We have a star of constant luminosity $L$. We want to prove that the components $T_{00}$, $T_{10}$, $T_{01}$ and $T_{11}$ are all the same for the event $(ct,x,0,0)$ and they are all $L/(4\pi x^2)$. ...
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When is Einstein summation implied by Lorentz indices?

I would like to ask if it is possible to find out whether Einstein summation is used in an equation. For example, $$A^{\mu \nu} = 1$$ can either mean $\sum_{\mu\nu} A^{\mu \nu}=1$ or $A^{\mu \nu}=1$ ...
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Is this a Lorentz-scalar? How do I tell?

I'm struggling to identify whether a scalar is a Lorentz-scalar. E.g: $$\partial_i A^i \quad i \in {1,2,3}.$$ How do I determine if this is a Lorentz-scalar or not? If got the same problem with ...
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What are the dimensions of the stress energy tensor in relativity? [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me what the dimension of the stress energy tensor is? Also, if it represents energy density, will calling it kinetic or potential energy be appropriate?
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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 fermions,...
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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 smooth, ...
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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 q_i}...
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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: $$L=...
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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 \vec{\...
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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} = \begin{...
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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 $$r^{\mu}_{\...
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Using tensors on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian

We can write the Lagrangian (with $n$ generalized coordinates) using the following expression: $$\mathcal{L(q_i,\dot{q_i},t)}=\mathcal{L}_0(q_i,t)+\mathcal{L}_1(q_i,\dot{q_i},t)+\mathcal{L}_2(q_i,\...
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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 g^{...
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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 = (\vec{x}...
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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 $[N_i,N_j]=i\...
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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 $$F_{\mu\nu}=(...)_{\mu\...
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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 $$g_{\tau\tau'}g_{\lambda\lambda'}g_{\mu\mu'}g_{\nu\nu'}\epsilon^{\tau\lambda\mu\nu}$$...
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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} = \sum_{...
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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 ...