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Strong Pseudo-Riemannian Metric

A strong pseudo-Riemannian metric on a smooth manifold is a tensor field which is symmetric and for which, at each , the map

is an isomorphism of onto . This latter condition is called strong non-degeneracy.

Strong pseudo-Riemannian metrics which are also positive definite are called strong Riemannian metrics. This use of terminology is in stark contrast to the case of pseudo-Riemannian (and hence, semi-Riemannian) metrics which fundamentally cannot be Riemannian due to the existence of negative-squared terms in their metric signatures. Every strong pseudo-Riemannian (respectively, strong Riemannian) metric is weak pseudo-Riemannian (respectively, weak Riemannian) due to the fact that strong non-degeneracy implies weak non-degeneracy.

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Marsden, J. E.; Ratiu, T.; and Abraham, R. Manifolds, Tensor Analysis, and Applications, 3rd ed. Springer-Verlag, 2002.

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Stover, Christopher. "Strong Pseudo-Riemannian Metric." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource, created by Eric W. Weisstein. https://mathworld.wolfram.com/StrongPseudo-RiemannianMetric.html