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Killing tensor

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Riemannian geometry

Differential geometry

differential geometry

synthetic differential geometry

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Definition

For (X,g)(X,g) a (pseudo-)Riemannian manifold a Killing tensor is a section of a symmetric power of the tangent bundle

KSym kΓ(TX) K \in Sym^k \Gamma(T X)

which is covariantly constant in that

\nabla_{(\mu K_{\alpha_1, \cdots, \alpha_k}) = 0 \,.

For k=1k = 1 this reduces to the notion of Killing vector.

Properties

For every Killing tensor KK on (X,g)(X,g) the dynamics of the relativistic particle on XX has a further conserved quantity. In the canonical case K=gK = g this quantity is the energy Hamiltonian of the particle.

The analog of this for spinning particles and superparticles are Killing-Yano tensors.

Created on September 17, 2011 11:12:16 by Urs Schreiber