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Does the Riemann tensor have any symmetry?

  1. Sep 2, 2014 #1
    We know how objects such as the metric tensor and the Cristoffel symbol have symmetry to them (which is why g12 = g21 or [itex]\Gamma[/itex]112 = [itex]\Gamma[/itex]121)

    Well I was wondering if the Riemann tensor Rabmv had any such symmetry. Are there any two or more particular indices that I could interchange and still get the same answer? If so, that will save me so much time when deriving these Riemann tensors.
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  3. Sep 2, 2014 #2


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    Of course there is, there are actually many symmetries of the Riemann. In fact there is a whole section about it on Wikipedia.

    See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemann_curvature_tensor#Symmetries_and_identities

    For example, in 4 dimensions the Riemann has only 20 independent components. But a rank 4 tensor in 4-D could have a possible 256 components! Good thing it has all these symmetries or else that is way too many components to keep track of!
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