Vector-fields are vector valued functions which define a vector at each point in space. Examples of the vector field include the electric field and the velocity of a fluid.

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Is the vector field conservative?

$$\mathbf{v}=(\frac{-y}{x^2+y^2},\frac{x}{x^2+y^2},0)$$ is a vector field. If we need to find $$\int_{S}^{}(\nabla\times\mathbf{v}).d\mathbf{a}$$ over a hemispherical surface placed on the $x$-$y$ ...
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Advection Operator shift in scalar product

Can someone help me with advection operator shifts? I can't figure out the rule for the shift inside of a scalar product. The terms $(u,(v\cdot \nabla)\delta v)_\Omega$ and $(u,(\delta v\cdot ...
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How to find the position of a particle in a vector (force) field? [on hold]

Let's say that we have two dimensional space and in it a particle. This space has a vector field which is defined as: $$F = x^2$$ For every 1 unit of displacement in the x direction, the force vector ...
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Vector integration in n dimensions [migrated]

In n dimensions I want to do an integral of the flux through an n-1 D surface. The usual vector calculus integration theorems say I can integrate around the perimeter of the surface. OK, but that ...
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What does it mean to be unique in terms of vector potentials?

I was in an electromagnetism lecture, where we were looking at the magnetostatic Maxwell’s equations: $$\begin{align} \nabla\cdot\mathbf{B} &= 0 \\ \nabla\times\mathbf{B} &= \mu_0\mathbf{J} ...
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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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Helmholtz decomposition allows incompressible flow with an irrotational component?

A vector field can be written in terms of irrotational and a divergence-free components. Using a 2D velocity field as an example, $ \vec v = -\nabla \phi + \nabla \times \vec \Psi$ Where $\vec \Psi$ ...
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contravariant and covariant vectors and their orthogonality in Euclidean space

I am reading this paper Sigma Coordinate - Contravariance and covariance and I understand how covariant and contravariant vectors are defined mathematically Covariance and Contravariance and I had ...
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Metric components transformation under change of coordinates

I have been studying Lie derivatives and some applications. While searching the web I found a refence with the following statement: For a general Riemannian manifold $M$, take a tangent vector field ...
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Do divergence and curl of Lorentz force have some physical meaning?

Time ago I started thinking about this: if we take the well known Lorentz Force expression, namely $$\mathbf{F} = q\left(\mathbf{E} + \mathbf{v}\times\mathbf{B}\right)$$ and we operate $\nabla\cdot ...
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Field line Direction and exerted force

Magnetic field lines of a magnetic field have different directions. What information about the force exerted on a charge will give us the direction of field lines?
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Dot product and divergence [closed]

Divergence is represented by dot product. How is the divergence related to dot product? And curl is represented by cross product. How is the curl related to cross product?
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Basic Vector field question about notation [closed]

I am taking my first class in electrodynamics and the problem I am working on has a notation I have never seen before Consider a vector field of the form $V= f(x)y + g(y)x$ Is this essentially the ...
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When is the event horizon a Killing horizon?

I know the definition of both (event horizon is closure of causal past of future null infinity whilst Killing horizon is a null surface where some Killing vector becomes null e.g. the surface where it ...
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What does the density of points (tail point of the vectors) represent in the geometrical representation of a vector field? [closed]

While trying to understand the divergence of a vector through the geometrical representation of the vector field, I found that pictures can be misleading. Even a vectors field which looks to be ...
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Show that a vector field is a symmetry for a Lagrangian [closed]

Let Lagrange function be $$ L=\frac{1}{2}m(\dot{x_1}^2+\dot{x_2}^2+\dot{x_3}^2)-U((x_1^2+x_2^2,x_3)). $$ Show, that vector field $\vec{Y}(\vec{x})=(-x_2,x_1,0)$ comply $$ ...
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Divergence theorem and discontinuous vector fields in electrostatics

Wikipedia defines Gauss Divergence Theorem for a continuously differentiable vector field; but in many idealized physical situations, we use it for non-differentiable fields. For example, the electric ...
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Killing vector and one-form [closed]

p. 21 in this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0247) $V$ is Killing vector, where $V^2 = −4b\bar{b}$, which means it is timelike Killing vector. The authors say: From $V^2 = −4|b|^2$ and $V = ...
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How do we know if a Killing Spinor is Time-like or Null?

How to know whether a Killing spinor orbit is time-like or null? This is present in a paper like this 29/39 here. I'm not asking for a technical answer, just a logical cliche answer chit-chat answer. ...
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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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Killing field in Minkowski space-time

If we look at the killing equation for a vector field $X$ in $\mathbb{R}^{(p,q)}$ (or on an open subset thereof) in coordinates with constant diagonal pseudo-metric we get: ...
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Hyperbolic flow / vector field - irrotational and divergence-free?

My text book on meteorology claims that a hyperbolic flow pattern is both divergence-free and irrotational: (d) Hyperbolic flow that exhibits both diffluence and stretching, but is ...
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Is there any physical interpretation for $\nabla\cdot(\nabla \times F)=0$?

It is well known that the divergence of the curl is always 0. Mathematically I understand why this happens ($d^2=0$ where $d$ is the exterior derivative) but today I was wondering what is the physical ...
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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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Why are Killing fields relevant in physics?

I'm taking a course on General Relativity and the notes that I'm following define a Killing vector field $X$ as those verifying: $$\mathcal{L}_Xg~=~ 0.$$ They seem to be very important in physics ...
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Why does a system whose equations of movement are $\lambda^2U^{\alpha} + \partial_{\mu}F^{\mu \alpha} = 0$ have three degrees of freedom?

I'm trying to understand the solution of a problem where I have to study a field ($U^\mu$) which Lagrangian is: $$\mathscr{L} = - \frac{1}{4} F_{\mu \nu} F^{\mu \nu} + \frac{1}{2} \lambda^2 U_{\mu} ...
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Local Coordinate Expressions for Lie Derivatives

I'm currently working through the math chapters of Norbert Straumann's book on General Relativity. I have trouble understanding the coordinate expression of the Lie derivative of a basis vector. The ...
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Electric field of a dipole in cartesian

I have the function that describes the electric field of a dipole in cartesian coordinates: $$E_z= \frac{p}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \cdot \left(\frac{3z^2}{r^5}- \frac{1}{r^3}\right) $$ and ...
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Are all maximally symmetric spacetimes constant curvature spacetimes?

A $d$ dimensional maximally symmetric spacetime is a spacetime with the maximum allowed number of Killing vectors. This number is $\frac{d(d+1)}{2}$. Constant curvature spacetimes are spacetimes ...
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Why can the divergence of vector potential be anything?

Purcell in his book was deriving the vector potential $\bf A$ using $\text{curl}\;(\text{curl}\; \mathbf A)= \mu_0 \mathbf J\; .$ After some algebra, he came to this: $$-\frac{\partial^2 ...
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Finding diffeomorphism given vector fields [closed]

Given a vector field how do you find the associated diffeomorphisms? Say I am given a vector field in Minkowski space $$\xi = x \frac{\partial}{\partial t} + t \frac{\partial}{\partial x}.$$ How do ...
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Integral curves in null hypersurfaces [closed]

Let be $(M^{n+1},g)$ a spacetime (Lorentz manifold, connexe and time-oriented), $n\ge 2$, and $S\subset M$ a null hypersurface (codim $S=1$ and the restriction of $g$ to each tangent space $T_p S$ ...
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What is the criterion for a vector field (dim > 1) to be conservative?

We know that if the curl vanishes: $$ \nabla \times \vec{v} = 0$$ then the field is irrotational and is conservative, but what about in higher dimensions than 1? The cross product is not defined ...
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Wightman function for massless vector fields in Coulomb gauge

I've been looking for quite some time an expression for the Wightman functions for a massless vector field in the Coulomb gauge $\nabla\cdot\mathbf{A}=0$ (I think it is equivalent to the Feynman gauge ...
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Conservation of energy and Killing-field

In general relativity we have no general conservation of energy and momentum. But if there exists a Killing-field we can show that this leads to a symmetry in spacetime and so to a conserved quantity. ...
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Divergence-free vector field on a non-simply connected domain

We know that divergence-free vector fields are themselves curls of vector fields on simply connected domains. I want to construct a counterexample in the case the domain is not simply connected. So ...
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Finding the electric and magnetic fields from the vector potential $\vec A=\vec{E_0} e^{i(\vec k\cdot\vec r-\omega t)}$

I am trying to find the electric and magnetic fields from the vector potential $$\vec A=\vec{E_0} e^{i(\vec k\cdot\vec r-\omega t)},$$ I know $$\vec B=\vec \nabla\times \vec A$$ and $$\vec ...
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Direction of H and B inside and outside a bar magnet

I seem to have encountered a contradiction when thinking about the directions of $\textbf{H}$ and $\textbf{B}$ inside and outside a bar magnet. Suppose that a bar magnet has a roughly constant ...
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A leaf floating on the surface of water (in $x$-$y$ plane) curl along positive $z$ axis [closed]

A leaf floating on the surface of water (in x-y plane) show that for a very small circular leaf ($\nabla \times \overrightarrow v $) is equal to twice the angular velocity of rotation of the leaf, ...
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Details on the magnetic field of a linearly polarized electric wave

Suppose we are in vacuum and we have an electric field $\vec{E}$ which we assume is simple harmonic wave that propagates through $z$ and is linearly polarized in the $x$-$y$ plane along $x$ i.e. ...
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Constructing Killing tensors from Killing vectors

Background: After reading about Carter constant and symmetries in GR, I became interested in Killing tensors. I tried reading this paper by Alan Barnes, Brian Edgar and Raffaele Rani, discussing ...
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Derivation of one-form/vector equation in Carroll confusion

I don't understand the derivation of Equation 2.14$$\mathrm{d}f\left(\frac{d}{d\lambda}\right)=\frac{df}{d\lambda} \tag{2.14}$$ in Carroll's Lecture Notes on General Relativity ...
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Killing Vectors in Schwarzschild Metric

Given the Schwarzschild metric with $(-,+,+,+)$ signature, $$ds^2=-\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)dt^2+\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)^{-1}+r^2(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta\,d\phi^2)$$ the lack of dependence of ...
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Killing vectors in General Relativity?

I'm looking to derive the surface area of the event horizon of a Schwarzschild black hole. I was just wondering if it were possible for someone to explain to me this: $$ ...
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How do I derive Feynman rules for vectors involving derivatives?

Suppose I have a term in the Lagrangian: $$\cal{L} \equiv (\partial_\mu B^+_\nu) B^{-\mu} A^\nu $$, where $B^\pm$ are charged massive vector particles and $A$ is photon. Now, how can we derive the ...
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Gradient, divergence and curl with covariant derivatives

I am trying to do exercise 3.2 of Sean Carroll's Spacetime and geometry. I have to calculate the formulas for the gradient, the divergence and the curl of a vector field using covariant derivatives. ...
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To prove, $\nabla.(\nabla\phi \times \nabla\psi)$ =0 [closed]

Please Help me solving the problem using levi-cevita symbol : Prove That, $\nabla.(\nabla\phi \times \nabla\psi)$ =0 where $\phi =\phi(x,y,z)$ & $\psi=\psi(x,y,z)$
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Faraday's law and potential along a closed curve

$$\int(\nabla \times \vec{E}) \cdot d\vec{S} = \oint \vec{E}\cdot d\vec{l} = -\frac{\mathrm{d} \phi_b}{\mathrm{d} t}$$ The second expression is the potential difference along a closed curve. Isn't ...
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Why exactly are fields so crucial to modern physics?

I have read that fields were the mathematical tool that allowed people like Laplace to develop a working model of the Solar System where Newton could not. But my understanding is that fields are ...
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Significance of curl ($\nabla\times\boldsymbol{V}$)

What is the physical significance of curl $$\nabla\times\boldsymbol{V}~?$$ I mean I read 'curl V represents the rotation of the vector $V$. My question what is it about the term ...