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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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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Lie Derivative of Kahler 2-form

Suppose there is a Killing vector $k$ on a Kahler manifold $M$. By definition, $k$ generates isometries of the metric. That is, $L_kg=0$, where $L$ is the Lie derivative. At the same time, there is a ...
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Lie derivative for a covariant derivative of vector

I would like to calculate the $\mathcal{L}_\xi(\nabla_a K^b)$ for the case where $\mathcal{L}_\xi(K^b)=0$ The only Idea that I have is that $$\mathcal{L}_\xi(\nabla_a ...
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How to show that every Killing vector field is a matter collineation?

Various texts make this claim, but no proof is given. Explicitly, let $L$ denote the Lie derivative. Suppose $L_X g_{ab} = 0$ for some vector field $X$, called a Killing vector field. Suppose that ...
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Metric that is Minkowski plus sum of null vectors

In GR exercises I've often seen metrics of the form $g_{ab} = \eta_{ab} + k_ak_b$ where $k_a$ is null with respect to $g$ (or equivalently $\eta$). I'm happy doing calculations with such metrics, but ...
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Orthogonal geodesics to hypersurfaces [migrated]

Say we have a Riemannian manifold $(M, g)$ with vector field $Y$, obeying: $g(Y, Y) = 1$; and the $1$-form $\varphi(X) = g(X, Y)$ is $d$-closed, $d\varphi = 0$. I know that the integral curves of ...
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Wald's Equation 3.3.6

I have an issue with Eq. 3.3.6 of Wald's General Relativity. There he would like to prove that for Gaussian normal coordinates, the geodesic tangent field remains orthogonal to all coordinate basis ...
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Quotient Rule in Vector Calculus

Wikipedia gives the quotient rule for (1) the gradient of two scalar fields "$f$" and "$g$" and (2) the divergence of a vector/tensor field and a scalar field "$\boldsymbol{A}$" and "$g$" as $$\nabla ...
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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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Integrating by parts [closed]

I am having little trouble with my professor's note. $$F=-\int{(dr)}{(\vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{P}) \vec{E} }=\int{(dr)}{(\vec{P} \cdot \vec{\nabla} ) \vec{E} }$$ where F is force, P is polarization, ...
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Integral curves of vector field are geodesics [migrated]

Say we have a Riemannian manifold $(M, g)$ with vector field $X$ obeying the following: $g(X, X) = 1$; and the $1$-form $\varphi(Y) = g(Y, X)$ is $d$-closed, $d\varphi = 0$. Does it necessarily ...
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Longitudinal Polarization and Spin-0 for Massive Vector Fields

I was wondering if anybody would be willing to explain how a plane wave solution of the form $\vec{B^\mu}=\epsilon^\mu{e^{k_0ct+\vec{k}.\vec{x}}}$ for a massive vector field's equations, say for ...
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Equivariance Relation - Superconformal Hypermultiplets

I'm concerned with equation 2.24 of http://arxiv.org/abs/1601.00482 The superconformal hypermultiplets in this paper have a conic hyperkahler target manifold and the authors want to gauge some ...
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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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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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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 ...