Tensor[RaiseLowerIndices] - raise or lower a list of indices of a tensor
RaiseLowerIndices(g, T, Indices)
RaiseLowerIndices(h, T, Indices)
g - a metric tensor
h - the inverse of a metric tensor
T - a tensor
Indices - a list of integers, referring to the arguments of T
A metric tensor g is a symmetric, covariant, rank 2, non-degenerate tensor. The inverse of g is a symmetric, contravariant, rank 2 non-degenerate tensor.
If X is a vector field (or rank 1 contravariant tensor), then we can use the metric g to define a rank 1 covariant tensor field α=LgX by αY=gX,Y, where Y is any vector field. In terms of components, if X=Xi∂i and g=gij dxidxj, then α=αi dxi where αi =gij Xj. The mapping Lg, called the lowering map, is easily extended to higher rank tensors. For example, if T is a contravariant rank 3 tensor, then a mixed type tensor S of covariant rank 2 and contravariant rank 1 can be defined by lowering, say the 1st and 3rd indices of T, by setting SX, β,Y=TLgX,β,LgY. In terms of components, Si k j = gih gkl Thjl.
The lowering map Lg from rank 1 contravariant tensors to rank 1 covariant tensors is invertible. The inverse map from rank 1 covariant tensors to rank 1 contravariant tensors is called the raising map Rh and is defined in terms of the inverse h of the metric g. If X=Rhα, then in terms of components Xi=hij αj , where hij is the inverse matrix for gij . As in the case of the lowering map, the raising map can be extended to higher rank tensors.
With the first calling sequence, RaiseLowerIndices(g, T, Indices) will use the metric g to lower the indices/arguments of T given in the list Indices. Each of these indices must be a contravariant index.
With the second calling sequence, RaiseLowerIndices(h, T, Indices) will use the inverse metric h to raise the indices/arguments of T given in the list Indices. Each of these indices must be a covariant index.
This command is part of the DifferentialGeometry:-Tensor package, and so can be used in the form RaiseLowerIndices(...) only after executing the command with(DifferentialGeometry) and with(Tensor) in that order. It can always be used in the long form DifferentialGeometry:-Tensor:-RaiseLowerIndices.
First create a 3 dimensional manifold M and define a metric g on M.
Use the program InverseMetric to find the inverse of the metric g.
Use g to lower the index of a vector field X.
Use g to lower the 1st and 3rd indices of a rank 4 tensor T.
Use h to raise the 2nd and 4th indices of the tensor T.
We can also raise and lower indices for tensors associated with a vector bundle other than the tangent bundle. First let us construct a rank 2 vector bundle over a 2 dimensional base.
frame name: E
Define a fiber metric g on E.
Define a tensor field on the fibers of E.
Lower the 1st index of T with g.
Lower the 1st and 2nd indices of T with g.
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