Fr.: tenseur de Ricci
A → rank 2, → symmetric tensor Rμν that is a contraction of the → Riemann curvature tensor Rλμνλ. More specifically, Rμν ≡ Σ (λ) Rλμνκ = Rλμνκ. Closely related to the Ricci tensor is the → Einstein tensor, which plays an important role in the theory of → general relativity.
Named after the Italian mathematician Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro (1853-1925); → tensor.