# Difference between $g^{\alpha\beta}$ and $g^\alpha_{\space\space\beta}$

I'm working out a problem where at some point get the following product of metric tensors and momenta: $$g^{\mu\beta}g^\nu_{\space\space\alpha}(2k+\frac{q}{2})^\alpha(\frac{q}{2}-k)_\beta$$ How can I work out the metric tensor's indexes. What is the difference between a metric tensor with both indexes either up or down $$g^{\alpha\beta}$$ and another with one index up and the other down $$g^\alpha_{\space\space\beta}$$?

1. The components $$g^{\alpha\beta}:=(g^{-1})^{\alpha\beta}$$ are the components of the inverse metric tensor, which is a symmetric (2,0) contravariant tensor.
2. Since one lowers (raises) indices with the metric (inverse metric), respectively, the mixed tensor components $$g^{\alpha}{}_{\beta}=\delta^{\alpha}_{\beta}$$ are nothing but the Kronecker delta.