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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Wick rotating vector fields in QFT

Suppose we perform a Wick rotation $t \rightarrow i\tau$ from Lorentzian to Euclidean signature. Consider its action on the generator of boosts in the 01-plane: $$\zeta = t\partial_x + x\partial_t.$$ ...
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Energy conservation around a black hole

In the Schwarzschild black hole, the Killing vector "time translation" $k^a$, so that the following quantity is conserved along a geodesic: $$E = -g_{ab}k^au^b = (1 - ...
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Determination of resultant force

As we know, force is product of pressure and area as below:$$d\vec{F}=Pd\vec{A}$$ P is a scalar and orientations of the small force and small area are same. I have three questions (they are ...
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How can I mathematically describe the parallel transport in the Roman soldiers example?

I've been trying to understand parallel transport. Many of the descriptions present a mathematical version: $\nabla_V X = 0$. And/or they present an example involving soldiers (usually Roman) ...
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Solenoidal forces

As far as I know a solenoidal vector field is such one that $$\vec\nabla\cdot \vec F=0.$$ However I saw a book on mechanics defining a solenoidal force as one for which the infinitesimal work ...
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How is the curl of the electric field possible?

Taking the curl of the electric field must be possible, because Faraday's law involves it: $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = - \partial \mathbf{B} / \partial t$$ But I've just looked on Wikipedia, where it ...
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How to convert electric field from spherical coordinates to cartesian?

I have 3 components, $r$, $\theta$ and $\phi$, for an electric field in spherical coordinates (and the $\phi$ component happens to be zero), let's say I just want to convert the $r$ component into ...
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What is Convective acceleration of flow velocity?

I know that $\frac {dv}{dt}=a$ is acceleration, but: What is convective acceleration of a flow velocity? What is difference between $(v\cdot \nabla) v$ and $v\cdot (\nabla v)$?
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Flux - Scalar Multiplication in Integral?

No textbook and website seems to answer this so here is my question: When we have a scalar flux: I understand that you take the scalar product of the vectors. And I understand the need for using an ...
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What are the mathematical models for force, acceleration and velocity?

In mechanics, the space can be described as a Riemann manifold. Forces, then, can be defined as vector fields of this manifold. Accelerations are linear functions of forces, so they are covector ...
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Coulomb gauge and vector identites

consider a coulomb gauge and the following volume integration: $$\int d^3x{\dot{A}.\nabla A}$$ How can we show that this is zero in coulomb gauge? (A is a vector potential) this is my attempt at ...
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Which formulas would tell me the gradient of an electromagnetic field at an arbitrary distance from a pole? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie to physics and was wondering where I can read about electromagnetic gradients. From what I understand (and my intuition) electromagnetic fields create force gradients around its poles. ...
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Aharonov Bohm Effect Interaction Energy Interpretation: $\vec E_m = -∇Φ - D\vec A/Dt$?

The Wang paper "An experimental proposal to test the physical effect of the vector potential" proposes an experiment to decide between two interpretations of the Aharonov-Bohm effect: “the ...
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Relation between second covariant derivative of Killing vector and Riemann tensor [closed]

I need to prove that $$D_\mu D_\nu \xi^\alpha = - R^\alpha_{\mu\nu\beta} \xi^\beta$$ where D is covariant derivative and R is Riemann tensor. $\xi$ is a Killing vector. I have proved that $$D_\mu ...
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What is the importance of vector potential not being unique?

For a magnetic field we can have different solutions of its vector potential. What is the physical aspect of this fact? I mean, why the nature allows us not to have an unique vector potential of a ...
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Is there a fourth component to the electric field and magnetic field?

The Question If the three vector electric and magnetic fields come from the four component four-potential, then is there a fourth component to the electric and magnetic field? Related Question I ...
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Assumptions in physics for Helmholtz decomposition

A version of the Helmholtz theorem says that, under opportune assumptions on the vector field $\boldsymbol{F}:\mathbb{R}^3\to\mathbb{R}^3$ and on $V\subset\mathbb{R}^3$ the following identity holds: ...
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Calculate divergence via partial derivative [closed]

I need to calculate the divergence and curl for a vectorfield. I've done that before so that's no problem :) Or I've done it using partial derivative, maybe there are multiple ways to solve for ...
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch Equilibrium Points

I originally posted this question on earth science stack, but the question wasn't getting many views. I was watching the science channel yesterday and the program mentioned the Great Pacific Garbage ...
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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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How to find the graph of electric field when the potential is given [closed]

Suppose the electric potential due to an electric field is given as $x^2-y^2$, then what will be the graph of the electric field? My attempt: Differentiating the potential partially with $x$ ...
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Meaning of the Vector Wave Equation

So I thought I would try my luck here on physics stack exchange about an intuitive meaning of the Vector Wave Equation. I know there are a lot of resources out there that explain this equation, but ...
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Killing equation manipulation

Why does the killing equation $$K_{\mu;\nu}+ K_{\nu;\mu} = 0$$ equal $$K_{\mu,\nu}+ K_{\nu,\mu} -2\Gamma^{\rho}_{\mu\nu}K_{\rho} = 0 $$ when in general a covariant derivative $V_{\beta;\alpha} = ...
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If the integral is zero when is the integrand zero? [closed]

Using Stoke's theorem we prove that the curl of the Electric field vanishes. This would be possible only if the integrand is zero when the integral is zero.
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What is the difference between gravitational force and gravitational field?

I see two different formulas describing gravity: $$F=\frac{GMm}{r^{2}}$$ $$g=\frac{F}{m}$$ But I don't understand the difference between gravity as a force and its field as a vector.
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Divergence theorem for cylindrical coordinates [closed]

I have a Vector field in a cylinder where x^2+y^2=4 and goes from z=0 to z=3 and a vector field A=(4x)i-(2y^2)j+(z^2)k and I'm trying to verify the divergence theorem for the vector field i set set ...
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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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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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Duality and 1 forms

How is a dual map defined if we are talking about partial derivatives and 1 forms?
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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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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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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 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} ...