Tables for
Volume D
Physical properties of crystals
Edited by A. Authier

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. D, ch. 1.1, p. 13

Section Tensors of higher rank

A. Authiera*

aInstitut de Minéralogie et de la Physique des Milieux Condensés, Bâtiment 7, 140 rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France
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A tensor of rank higher than 2 may be symmetric with respect to the indices of one or more couples of indices. For instance, by its very nature, the demonstration given in Section[link] shows that the tensors representing principal physical properties are of even rank. If n is the rank of the associated square matrix, the number of independent components is equal to [(n^{2} + n)/2]. In the case of a tensor of rank 4, such as the tensor of elastic constants relating the strain and stress tensors (Section[link] ), the number of components of the tensor is [3^{4} = 81]. The associated matrix is a [ 9 \times 9] one, and the number of independent components is equal to 45.

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