Metric-independent analysis of the stress-energy tensor

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Abstract

The stress-energy tensor of field theory is defined and analyzed in a geometric setting where a metric is not available. The stress is a linear mapping that transforms the three-form representing the flux of any given property, e.g., charge-current density, to the three-form representing the flux of energy. The example of the electromagnetic stress-energy tensor is given with the additional structure of a volume element.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3220-3231
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2002

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