Covariant differential

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A generalization of the notion of a differential to fields of different geometric objects. It is a tensor $1$-form $DU$ on a manifold with values in the module of tensor fields $U$ defined by the formula


where $\nabla_XU$ is the covariant derivative of the field $U$ along $X$. For detailed information, see Covariant differentiation.

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This article was adapted from an original article by I.Kh. Sabitov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article