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Levi-Civita Connection and Derivative of The Ricci Scalar

  1. Aug 31, 2015 #1
    I have a question about the directional derivative of the Ricci scalar along a Killing Vector Field. What conditions are necessary on the connection such that [itex]K^\alpha \nabla_\alpha R=0[/itex]. Is the Levi-Civita connection necessary?
    I'm not sure about it but I believe since the Lie derivative is more 'fundamental' than the covariant derivative it might be not necessary to have a Levi-Civita connection, but maybe I'm just conjecturing nonsense. Hope anyone can help me find an answer.
     
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  3. Aug 31, 2015 #2

    Mentz114

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    I think you need ##\nabla_a g_{bc}=0##. If the Lie derivative of a field is zero then ##g_{ab}## is preserved on the integral curves. You do not need a connection for the Lie derivative.
     
  4. Aug 31, 2015 #3
    Hey Mentz114, thank for replying! Since you don't need a connection for the Lie derivative, and Killing Vector Fields depend upon the Lie derivative I suspect you don't need the Levi-Civita Connection, However for the derivation of such identity I used the Bianchi identities which rely on a torsion free connection. So I don't know wether you acually don't need it.
     
  5. Aug 31, 2015 #4

    Mentz114

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    ##\nabla_c g_{ab}=0## implies the LC connection.

    I'm not sure if I'm answering your question ...
     
  6. Aug 31, 2015 #5
    I think metric compatibility is a weaker condition, i.e. you can have various Riemannian connections without any being the LC. But that still does not guarantee that the derivative along the Killing of the curvature scalar is 0, or does it?
     
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