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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Gradient is covariant or contravariant?

I read somewhere people write gradient in covariant form because of their proposes. I think gradient expanded in covariant basis $i$, $j$, $k$, so by invariance nature of vectors, component of ...
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Which linear transformations are more abundant: dimension-increasing, preserving or decreasing? [migrated]

My final aim is to understand the increase of Von Neumann Entropy in quantum systems by analyzing classes of unitary matrices in finite-dimensional Hilbert spaces. I'm following a potentially very ...
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Killing Horizon for Kerr Black Hole

I have some confusion about Killing Horizon of BH. Since a Killing Horizon (KH) is a null hyper-surface at which killing vector $k^{\mu}$ is null; $k^{\mu}k_{\mu}=0.$ For time translation symmetry $...
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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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Could you give me an application on physics of Gauss Divergence Theorem for scalar? [closed]

Gauss divergence theorem for vectors can be easily explained by mass balance. But I can't think about one example for scalar gauss divergence theorem. Gauss Divergence Theorem for scalars: $$\int\...
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Fracture Mechanics: Relation between delamination and incident pressure

I am working with thin film self replicating cracks wherein a film is placed on a substrate, and the delamination and crack propagation occur simultaneously. I intend to map out the force vector field ...
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Why do magnetic field lines converge where the strength is strongest?

In most of the sites, they just say that "to determine the strength of the magnetic field, one must look at how many lines are present at a particular location." But my question is why? Why is this ...
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Parallel Transported Orthonormal Basis

The following argument results in a conclusion that I find strange, and makes me suspect there is something wrong with the reasoning. First, consider a timelike geodesic $\gamma$ with normalized ...
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Why does the divergence of the Poynting vector have energy flux density?

The poynting vector is defined as $\vec{S}=\mu_{0}^{-1}\vec{E}\times \vec{B}$ Taking the divergence of the poynting vector, one arrives at $\vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{S}=-\frac{\partial u}{\...
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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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Intuitive analysis of gradient, divergence, curl

I have read the most basic and important parts of vector calculus are gradient, divergence and curl. These three things are too important to analyse a vector field and I have gone through the physical ...
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What is the velocity in the Navier-Stokes equation?

I have been looking at the Navier-Stokes equation, and can't seem to find anywhere a clear description of what velocity it represents. From what I have read it could be any of the following: The '...
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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 A_x}{\...
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Covariant derivative [closed]

Hi, Could you explain to me why the subtraction of vector at some point and parallel transported vector is covariant derivative vector. How is it possible
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Symmetry group of FLRW metric

$$ g = dt^2 - a^2(t) (dx^2+dy^2+dz^2) = dt^2-a^2(t)(dr^2+r^2d\Omega^2)$$ So this is my metric. What is the symmetry group of it? I think that my Killing vectors are 3 translation vectors: $$K_i = \...
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Killing Vectors in Schwarzschild Metric

Given the Schwarzschild metric with $(-,+,+,+)$ signature, $$\text ds^2=-\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)dt^2+\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)^{-1}dr^2+r^2(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta\,d\phi^2)$$ the lack of ...
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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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Help with understanding what is Curl [duplicate]

Yeah, I watched several YT videos and read few articles and my head is spinning. I am trying to get the right understanding of what Curl is. There is this excellent video: Divergence and Curl Now ...
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What is the physical 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 $\nabla\times\...
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Hamiltonian flow?

I was wondering what the Hamiltonian flow actually is? Here is my idea, I just wanted to know if I am correct about this. So let $(x(t),p(t))' = X_{H}(x(t),p(t))$ are the Hamilton's equations and $...
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Divergence of $\frac{e^{-br}\hat{r}}{r^2}$ in electrostatics [closed]

My question is how to calculate the divergence of a vector field (Electric field) given as: $\vec{E}(r)=\frac{e^{-br}\hat{r}}{r^2}$. Or more generally how to approach finding the divergence of a ...
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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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How do I draw the force field lines of an isotropic oscillator?

In general, how do I draw the force field lines (in the sense of Faraday, i.e. continuous curves whose tangents give the directions and the density of lines give the intensity of the field) of a ...
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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 K^b)=\mathcal{L}_\xi(\...
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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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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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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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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: $$E = -g_{ab}k^au^b = (1 - \frac{2GM}{r})\frac{dt}{d\tau}.$$...
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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 D_\...
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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 $x$ and ...
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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 ...