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Re: How to calculate covariant derivative by Mathematica?
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg106850] Re: How to calculate covariant derivative by Mathematica?
*From*: Simon <simonjtyler at gmail.com>
*Date*: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 05:47:18 -0500 (EST)
*References*: <hjeq9u$fr1$1@smc.vnet.net>
Hi Shen,
It depends on the context in which you're working, as a covariant
derivatives can _look_ quite different.
But maybe what you basically need is an operator of the type
In[1]:= DD[t_]:=(D[#,t]+Con[#,t])&
so that
In[2]:= DD[x]@f[x]
Out[3]= Con[f[x],x]+(f^\[Prime])[x]
Then you need to make your connection, Con act properly. For example,
it should return 0 when acting on scalars, and if you're acting on
explicit Tensors and don't distinguish between contravariant and
covariant, then maybe something like this would work:
In[5]:= Con[expr_?ArrayQ,t_]:=Module[{dim=Dimensions[expr],rep,perms},
rep=Array[Subscript[r, ##][t]&,{dim[[1]],dim[[1]]}];
perms=Table[Range[Length@dim]/.{1->i,i->1},{i,Length@dim}];
Sum[Transpose[rep.Transpose[expr,perm],perm],{perm,perms}]
]
we can test that this works properly on a (square) matrix:
In[6]:= rep=Array[Subscript[r, ##][t]&,{2,2}]; m=Array[Subscript[z, ##]
&,{2,2}];
In[7]:= Con[m,t]==rep.m+m.rep\[Transpose]//Expand
Out[7]= True
The above can be extended to vector derivatives and associated
connections.
Symbolic covariant derivatives are a bit more tricky...
There are some packages out there... a google search for "mathematica
covariant derivative" brings up a few.
The Wolfram pages to look at are
http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/BySubject/Mathematics/CalculusAnalysis/DifferentialGeometry/
http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/BySubject/Science/Physics/Relativity/
Finally, if you want to do index / field theory style calculations,
then maybe you could try Cadabra.
Hope some of that helps,
Simon
On Jan 23, 8:33 pm, Shen <zshen2... at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I need to calculate covariant derivative by Mathematica. I noticed
> that there is no such a function in Mathematica. Can we define such a
> funcation? I don't know how to do it. Who can tell me how to define
> and calculate covariant derivative with Mathematica?
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