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Hi does anyone know how to calculate:
[itex]\delta (det|g_{\mu\nu}|) or simply \delta g[/itex]
[itex]\delta (det|g_{\mu\nu}|) or simply \delta g[/itex]
Actually I believe this answer has a sign error, and does not correspond to what I wrote, since δg^{μν} = - g^{μα} g^{νβ} δg_{αβ}.You should get δg=gg_{μν}δ(g^{μν})
Bill_K said:Actually I believe this answer has a sign error, and does not correspond to what I wrote, since δg^{μν} = - g^{μα} g^{νβ} δg_{αβ}.
A quick way to check the sign is to consider a special case, g_{μν} = λ η_{μν} under the variation δλ. For this case,
g^{μν} = λ^{-1} η^{μν} and g = -λ^{4}, so δg_{μν} = η_{μν} δλ and δg = -4 λ^{3} δλ.
The minus sign agrees with the expression I gave, namely g g^{μν} δg_{μν} = (-λ^{4})(λ^{-1}η^{μν})(η_{μν} δλ).
However the other expression g g_{μν} δ(g^{μν}) = (-λ^{4})(λ η_{μν})(-λ^{-2}) (η^{μν} δλ) comes out positive, which is incorrect.
A determinant of a metric is a mathematical concept that represents the volume distortion of a geometrical space. It is used to measure the change in distances between points when transforming from one coordinate system to another.
The determinant of a metric is directly related to the curvature of a space. A higher determinant value indicates a more curved space, while a lower determinant value indicates a flatter space.
Yes, the determinant of a metric can be negative. This indicates that the space has a negative curvature, such as a hyperbolic space.
The determinant of a metric can vary due to changes in the coordinate system, the shape or size of the space, and the presence of matter or energy.
In general relativity, the determinant of a metric is used to calculate the curvature of spacetime, which is then used to determine the motion of objects under the influence of gravity. It is a crucial component in understanding the fabric of the universe.