, Volume 37, Issue 1-3, pp 273-288

Irreducible decompositions of physical tensors of high orders

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In this paper we use the term 'physical tensor' to stand for a tensor that belongs to a tensor subspace. Based on the relationship among the characters of rotation representation, some techniques are developed in order to give the numbers of independent deviatoric tensors contained in the irreducible decompositions of physical tensors, even prior to the constructions of the irreducible decompositions. A number of examples are shown and many of them are new results.