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An example for recurrent tensors are parallel tensors which are defined by
with respect to some connection .
and its property to be torsion-free.
Parallel vector fields () are examples of recurrent tensors that find importance in mathematical research. For example, if is a recurrent non-null vector field on a pseudo-Riemannian manifold satisfying
Another example appears in connection with Weyl structures. Historically, Weyl structures emerged from the considerations of Hermann Weyl with regards to properties of parallel transport of vectors and their length. By demanding that a manifold have an affine parallel transport in such a way that the manifold is locally an affine space, it was shown that the induced connection had a vanishing torsion tensor
Additionally, he claimed that the manifold must have a particular parallel transport in which the ratio of two transported vectors is fixed. The corresponding connection which induces such a parallel transport satisfies
for some one-form . Such a metric is a recurrent tensor with respect to . As a result, Weyl called the resulting manifold with affine connection and recurrent metric a metric space. In this sense, Weyl was not just referring to one metric but to the conformal structure defined by .
Under the conformal transformation , the form transforms as . This induces a canonical map on defined by
where is the conformal structure. is called a Weyl structure, which more generally is defined as a map with property
One more example of a recurrent tensor is the curvature tensor on a recurrent spacetime, for which
- Alekseevsky, Baum (2008)
- Weyl (1918)
- Folland (1970)
- Walker (1948)
- Weyl, H. (1918). "Gravitation und Elektrizität". Sitzungsberichte der preuss. Akad. d. Wiss.: 465.
- A.G. Walker: On parallel fields of partially null vector spaces, The Quarterly Journal of Mathematics 1949, Oxford Univ. Press
- E.M. Patterson: On symmetric recurrent tensors of the second order, The Quarterly Journal of Mathematics 1950, Oxford Univ. Press
- J.-C. Wong: Recurrent Tensors on a Linearly Connected Differentiable Manifold, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 1961,
- G.B. Folland: Weyl Manifolds, J. Differential Geometry 1970
- D.V. Alekseevky, H. Baum (2008). Recent developments in pseudo-Riemannian geometry. European Mathematical Society. ISBN 3-03719-051-5.