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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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 $L\left(\dot{x}^{c},x^{c}\right)\equiv\frac{1}{2}g_{ab}\left(x_{c}\right)\dot{x}^...
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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} \\ & E_{\...
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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 &0.4\...
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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 $$(\textbf{a}\...
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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 ...
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Physical intuition on $\mathbf{v}\otimes \mathbf{w}$

On Physics there's one very clear intuition on what a vector $\mathbf{v}$ is: they represent things with direction and magnitude (although when no metric is available there's no clear concept of norm)....
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What does Ricci tensor do with two vectors?

I have found it easier to understand the meaning of a particular tensor if I can find out what does it do if I cancel all its lower indices with vectors in short: $g_{ij} u^i v^j$: dot product of $\...
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What does it mean to “contract” a tensor identity?

I'm taking a GR course at the moment, completely stumped on this step here: starting from the Bianchi identity: Then it says "Contracting the Bianchi identity..." How does this work and what ...
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Prove Christoffel Symbol Identity

In a book I am reading, the following identity is claimed and then "left to the reader to prove." $g_{ij}$ is the metric tensor, and $\Gamma$ is the Christoffel symbol of the second kind with the ...
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How do I construct the Maxwell tensor $\bf{^*F}$ from Fadaray one $\bf{F}$ in a non-flat spacetime?

In the book Gravitation (Misner, Throne and Wheeler), it's said that to consider the line element of the flat space on the derivation of Maxwell tensor $\bf{^*F}$ from the Fadaray tensor $\bf{F}$ (...
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How is Infinitesimal coordinate transformation related to Lie derivatives?

I am reading the book "Gravitaion and Cosmology" by S. Weinberg. In section 10.9, while discussing Lie derivatives of tensors of different ranks, he makes a general comment: The effect of an ...
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In continuum mechanics, why is the stress vector $T=\sigma\cdot n$ not a covector?

In continuum mechanics, the stress vector (see Cauchy stress tensor) $T=\sigma\cdot n$ is the surface density of a force. Forces are covectors, since they map a displacement vector to a scalar energy. ...
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Tensor components change under rotation-translation

I am currently working on a research project in a non-physics field, where I would like to work on a very constrained 2nd order tensor (3x3, symmetric, traceless). The tensor represents probability of ...
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Does the velocity vector always point in the same direction as the momentum vector?

I was told that the angular velocity vector does not always have to point in the same direction as the angular momentum vector. This is due to the fact that they are related by the equation $L=I \...
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Photon propagator inverse

If i have the operator $D^{\mu\nu}=\partial^{\mu}\partial^{\nu}+m\epsilon^{\mu\alpha\nu}\partial_{\alpha}$. What's your inverse $(D^{\mu\nu})^{-1}$?
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Index gymnastics and representing bra-kets as covariant and contravariant tensors

I am trying to figure out how to write, in Einstein notation as well as pick out elements of $$\langle A|[\mu]|B\rangle \langle X|[\nu]|Y\rangle$$ where $[\mu] = \begin{bmatrix} \mu_{11} & \mu_{...
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Off-diagonal terms in metric for 4D space-time [closed]

Consider a delta between two events in 4D space-time written as a 4-vector, $x^\mu=(dt, dR)$. The time $dt$ is a scalar difference in time. The 3-vector $dR$ points some direction in space. One ...
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How do I represent $A$ transpose $A$ in indicial notation?

I know this question sounds lame, but the book I am following doesn't use the answer I expect and it has been using a similar notations everywhere else which has confused me. I think Q[Any tensor] ...
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Eigenstates of operators on constituent systems in tensor product space

Suppose I have two entangled physical systems $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$ with respective hilbert spaces $\mathcal{H}_{\mathcal{A}}$ and $\mathcal{H}_{\mathcal{B}}$. If $A,B$ are operators on $\...
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Can someone explain how Weinberg's definition of the affine connection for the geodesic equation matches the definition of an affine connection?

Consider the geodesic equation \begin{equation} 0=\frac{d^2 x^\lambda}{d\tau^2}+ \Gamma^\lambda_{\mu\nu} \frac{d x^\nu}{d\tau}\frac{d x^\mu}{d\tau} \end{equation} In Gravitation and Cosmology, on page ...
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Bianchi Identity using null tetrad

I'm currently looking at the Newman-Penrose Formalism, and trying to understand where there sets of equations come from. For that, I need to know how I can write the second Bianchi identity for the ...
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Weyl scalar calculation

I'm trying to compute Weyl scalars, but don't really understand the formulae for them, in the sense I don't understand how to compute them. Let's take $\Psi_{2}=C_{1342}=C_{pqrs}l^{p}m^{q}\bar{m}^{r}...
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Transpose of (1,1) tensor

When we transpose a (1,1) tensor, shall we simply switch the two indices while keeping their upper/lower positions or switch them and also switch their upper/lower positions? In general, would the ...
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Decomposition of group representation using tensor method

I am dealing with the decomposition of the representation $5\otimes5$ of $SU(5)$: $$5\otimes5=15\oplus10 $$ demonstration: $$u^iv^j=\frac{1}{2}(u^iv^j+u^jv^i)+\frac{1}{2}(u^iv^j-u^jv^i)=$$ $$=\...
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I wasn't able to find a good resource for Bipartite state and Bell's theorem

Our professor used tensor product to explain bipartite operator and states and then he used the new operator and state to explain Bell theorem. I wasn't able to find a good resource or reference for ...
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Covariant versus “ordinary” divergence theorem

Let $M$ be an oriented $m$-dimensional manifold with boundary. As stated in Harvey Reall's general relativity notes (here) or Sean Carroll's book, the "covariant" divergence theorem (i.e. with ...
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Product on Tensor Products

I'm trying to understand how products on tensor products work. For instance, in quantum mechanics, you have ($x$ tensor $y$) times ($z$ tensor $a$), where $x$, $y$, $z$, $a$ are all operators acting ...
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Proving a relation with Four-velocity tensor [duplicate]

I'm trying to show that: $U^a_{\space\space;b}U^bU_a = 0$ (Where U is four-velocity) and I'm stuck on how to go about it. I tried expanding it out into the Christoffel symbols, but that didn't seem ...
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How can a set of components fail to make up a vector?

Many books in Physics insist to define vectors are objects with components with the property that the components transform in a proper way under a change of coordinates. Now, in mathematics, on the ...
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Tensor product in quantum mechanics

In Cohen-Tannoudji's Quantum Mechanics book the tensor product of two two Hilbert spaces $(\mathcal H = \mathcal H_1 \otimes \mathcal H_2)$ was introduced in (2.312) by saying that to every pair of ...
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Relation between Vector space $V$ and its dual $V^{*}$ [closed]

I asked the same question in Math.SE, but I was suggested to ask it here as well. I am studying relativity, and as you know the theory extensively uses the notion of covariant and contravariant ...
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Suggested operatonal definition for a tensor [duplicate]

The two tensor definitions I'm (newly) familiar with, by transformation rules, and as a map from a tensor product space to the reals, don't tell me what a tensor does, and to the best of my knowledge ...
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$SU(3)$ irreducible representations with tensor method

I am dealing with the tensor product representation of $SU(3)$ and I have some problems in understanding some decomposition. 1) Let's find the irreducible representation of $3\otimes\bar{3}$ we have ...
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What does a colon mean in hydrodynamics equations?

In some hydrodynamics book I saw a notation like $e:e$ where $e$ is a matrix (shear stress tensor). This double dot product is in a scalar equation, so the result of this operation must be scalar. I ...
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Why tensor product? [duplicate]

Let $A$ an $B$ be two discrete observables (like spins). When exactly and why we have to consider their tensor product when talking about the mutual observation of the corresponding phenomena?