Tensor bundle

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In mathematics, the tensor bundle of a manifold is the direct sum of all tensor products of the tangent bundle and the cotangent bundle of that manifold. To do calculus on the tensor bundle a connection is needed, except for the special case of the exterior derivative of antisymmetric tensors.


A tensor bundle is a fiber bundle where the fiber is a tensor product of any number of copies of the tangent space and/or cotangent space of the base space, which is a manifold. As such, the fiber is a vector space and the tensor bundle is a special kind of vector bundle.


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See also[edit]

  • Fiber bundle – Continuous surjection satisfying a local triviality condition
  • Spinor bundle – Geometric structure
  • Tensor field – Assignment of a tensor continuously varying across a mathematical space