How Does Topological Action Simplify with Levi-Civita Tensor Contractions?

In summary, the conversation discusses simplifying an action with the term levicivita_[a,b,c,d]*levicivita^[mu,nu,rho,sigma]*R^[a,b]_[mu,nu]*R^[c,d]_[rho,sigma], where a, b, c, and d are flat indices and mu, nu, rho, and sigma are curved indices. The term 4*e^mu_a*e^nu_b*e^rho_c*e^sigma_d*R^a,b_mu,nu*R^c,d_rho,sigma is obtained and the question is raised about the possibility of getting a zero if certain indices are equal. The response explains that while this may appear to be the case, there
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I'm trying to simplify an action that has the term: levicivita_[a,b,c,d]*levicivita^[mu,nu,rho,sigma]*R^[a,b]_[mu,nu]*R^[c,d]_[rho,sigma]

where a,b,c, and d are flat indices and mu nu rho sigma are curved indices

I got the term: 4*e^mu_a*e^nu_b*e^rho_c*e^sigma_d*R^a,b_mu,nu*R^c,d_rho,sigma

My question is if i have for example a=c levicivita_[a,b,c,d] is 0. however if i have a =c and mu=rho in the answer i got... i won't get a zero. is there some wrong in my computations? thank you
 
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I think the magic is that, for instance, [tex]4{R^{12}}_{12}{R^{12}}_{12}[/tex] indeed appears in your term, but it will also appear in those five other terms that you call "permutations" - and they will cancel out. The point of your expansion is to get nice contractions in the formulas, but it is not computationally optimal in the sense that there will be many cancellations of terms. In other words: you are adding and subtracting the same terms in order to get certain nice expressions like square of the scalar curvature etc.

Does it make sense?
 

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1. What is topological action in relation to veirbein?

Topological action is the mathematical concept used to describe the behavior of veirbein, which is a mathematical representation of the spin of a particle in a topological space.

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