Holonomic basis

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In mathematics and mathematical physics, a holonomic basis or coordinate basis for a differentiable manifold is a set of basis vector fields {ek} such that some coordinate system {xk} exists for which

A local condition for a basis {ek} to be holonomic is that all mutual Lie derivatives vanish:[1]

A basis that is not holonomic is called a non-holonomic or non-coordinate basis.


  1. ^ Roger Penrose; Wolfgang Rindler, Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 1, Two-Spinor Calculus and Relativistic Fields, Cambridge University Press, pp. 197–199 

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