Covariant derivative of unit normal in the unit normal direc...

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# Covariant derivative of unit normal in the unit normal direc...

Submitted by ftr64 on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 13:30

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Hi to all,

does any one know a way to prove or dispove (a counter example) that for a moving hypersurface in a Riemannian manifold, with velocity $v = v_{n} n$ where $n$ is a unit normal field, then the covariant derivative $\overline{\nabla}_{n}n$ is given by the $\overline{\nabla}_{n}n = - \overline{\nabla} v_{n}$ being $\overline{\nabla}$ the Riemannian connection on the ambient manifold?

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