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Nathalie Deruelle and Jean-Philippe Uzan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786399.001.0001

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The Cartan structure equations

The Cartan structure equations

(p.662) 25 The Cartan structure equations
Relativity in Modern Physics

Nathalie Deruelle

Jean-Philippe Uzan

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Cartan structure equations. It first introduces a 1-form and its exterior derivative, before turning to a study of the connection and torsion forms, thereby expressing the torsion as a function of the connection forms and establishing the torsion differential 2-forms. It then turns to the curvature forms drawn from Chapter 23 and Cartan’s second structure equation, along with the curvature 2-forms. It also studies the Levi-Civita connection. The components of the Riemann tensor are then studied, with a Riemannian manifold, or a metric manifold with a torsion-less connection. The Riemann tensor of the Schwarzschild metric are finally discussed.

Keywords:   Cartan structure equations, connection and torsion forms, Levi-Civita connection, curvature forms, Riemannian manifolds, Riemann tensor, Schwarzschild metric

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