## Killing approximation for vacuum and thermal stress-energy tensor in static space-times

The problem of the vacuum polarization of conformal massless fields in static space-times is considered. A tensor T/sub ..mu..//sub ..nu../ constructed from the curvature, the Killing vector, and their covariant derivatives is proposed which can be used to approximate the average value of the stress-energy tensor /sup ren/ in such spaces. It is shown that if (i) its trace T /sub epsilon//sup epsilon/ coincides with the trace anomaly /sup ren/, (ii) it satisfies the conservation law T/sup ..mu..//sup epsilon/ /sub ;//sub epsilon/ = 0, and (iii) it has the correct behavior under the scale transformations, then it is uniquely definedmore »