Recent Advances in Riemannian and Lorentzian Geometries

American Mathematical Soc.
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This volume covers material presented by invited speakers at the AMS special session on Riemannian and Lorentzian geometries held at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. Topics covered include classification of curvature-related operators, curvature-homogeneous Einstein 4-manifolds, linear stability/instability singularity and hyperbolic operators of spacetimes, spectral geometry of holomorphic manifolds, cut loci of nilpotent Lie groups, conformal geometry of almost Hermitian manifolds, and also submanifolds of complex and contact spaces. This volume can serve as a good reference source and provide indications for further research. It is suitable for graduate students and research mathematicians interested in differential geometry.
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American Mathematical Soc.
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Published on
Dec 31, 2003
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Pages
202
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ISBN
9780821833797
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English
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Mathematics / General
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This book provides an upto date information on metric, connection and curva ture symmetries used in geometry and physics. More specifically, we present the characterizations and classifications of Riemannian and Lorentzian manifolds (in particular, the spacetimes of general relativity) admitting metric (i.e., Killing, ho mothetic and conformal), connection (i.e., affine conformal and projective) and curvature symmetries. Our approach, in this book, has the following outstanding features: (a) It is the first-ever attempt of a comprehensive collection of the works of a very large number of researchers on all the above mentioned symmetries. (b) We have aimed at bringing together the researchers interested in differential geometry and the mathematical physics of general relativity by giving an invariant as well as the index form of the main formulas and results. (c) Attempt has been made to support several main mathematical results by citing physical example(s) as applied to general relativity. (d) Overall the presentation is self contained, fairly accessible and in some special cases supported by an extensive list of cited references. (e) The material covered should stimulate future research on symmetries. Chapters 1 and 2 contain most of the prerequisites for reading the rest of the book. We present the language of semi-Euclidean spaces, manifolds, their tensor calculus; geometry of null curves, non-degenerate and degenerate (light like) hypersurfaces. All this is described in invariant as well as the index form.
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