Sep 24 – 28, 2017
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone

TT tensors in flat spaces of any dimension

Sep 26, 2017, 12:20 PM
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Dom Pracy Twórczej SDP ul. Małachowskiego 17 24-120 Kazimierz Dolny
Oral presentation (preferred) Plenary Session 4


Jacek Tafel (University of Warsaw)


Traceless tensors with vanishing divergence (TT tensors) play a big role in the initial value problem in general relativity. They are solutions of the momentum constraints which can be extended to solutions of the full system of constraints by means of the conformal method of Lichnerowicz. First, we describe all divergence-free tensors T in flat spaces in terms of potentials which form a four index tensor R with all algebraic symmetries of the Riemann tensor. This tensor admits a big group of gauge transformations which can be used to simplify it. If T is traceless then we can choose R to be traceless too, so it has all properties of the Weyl tensor. Still it can be further reduced by means of gauge transformations.

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Jacek Tafel (University of Warsaw)

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