Semi-Riemannian Manifold

A smooth manifold M=(M,g) is said to be semi-Riemannian if the indexMetric Tensor Index of g is nonzero. Alternatively, a smooth manifold is semi-Riemannian provided that it comes equipped with a semi-Riemannian metric.

In nearly all literature, the term semi-Riemannian is used synonymously with the term pseudo-Riemannian and is used to describe manifolds whose metric tensor g fails to be positive definite. Alternatively, a manifold is semi-Riemannian (or pseudo-Riemannian) if its infinitesimal distance (ds)^2 is equivalent to that of a pseudo-Euclidean space of signature (p,q) for q!=0, i.e., if


with the rightmost summand nonzero (Snygg 2012).

Lorentzian manifolds are examples of semi-Riemannian manifolds.

See also

Lorentzian Manifold, Metric Signature, Metric Tensor, Metric Tensor Index, Positive Definite Tensor, Pseudo-Euclidean Space, Pseudo-Riemannian Manifold, Semi-Riemannian Metric, Smooth Manifold, Strong Pseudo-Riemannian Metric, Weak Pseudo-Riemannian Metric, Weak Riemannian Metric

This entry contributed by Christopher Stover

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Sachs, R. K. and Wu, H. General Relativity for Mathematicians. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1977.Snygg, J. A New Approach to Differential Geometry using Clifford's Geometric Algebra. New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 2012.

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