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Non-Tensors in GR

  1. Dec 13, 2011 #1
    I know that GR deals exclusively with tensors (at least, in every book I have), but how does the same concepts of affine connection etc extend to non-tensor entities? Example would be a spinor, or even a mix of spinor / tensor. Are there different affine connections? Something different yet related (somehow) to Christoffel Symbols?

    This is probably more of a pure mathematics question, but not all things in physics are tensors, and I was wondering how GR's ideas extend to these other mathematical entities.
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  3. Dec 13, 2011 #2


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    The Levi-Civita connection can be extended to spinors (Winitzki, section 7.3.2).
  4. Dec 14, 2011 #3


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    The spin connection handles with fields living in "non-tensorial" representations of the Lorentz algebra in the tangent space. See e.g. Carroll's excellent notes on GR, chapter 3 :)
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