Bi-conformal symmetry and static Green functions in the Schwarzschild-Tangherlini spacetimes

  • Valeri P. Frolov
  • Andrei Zelnikov
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We study a static massless minimally coupled scalar field created by a source in a static D-dimensional spacetime. We demonstrate that the corresponding equation for this field is invariant under a special transformation of the background metric. This transformation consists of the static conformal transformation of the spatial part of the metric accompanied by a properly chosen transformation of the red-shift factor. Both transformations are determined by one function Ω of the spatial coordinates. We show that in a case of higher dimensional spherically symmetric black holes one can find such a bi-conformal transformation that the symmetry of the D-dimensional metric is enhanced after its application. Namely, the metric becomes a direct sum of the metric on a unit sphere and the metric of 2D anti-de Sitter space. The method of the heat kernels is used to find the Green function in this new space, which allows one, after dimensional reduction, to obtain a static Green function in the original space of the static black hole. The general useful representation of static Green functions is obtained in the Schwarzschild-Tangherlini spacetimes of arbitrary dimension. The exact explicit expressions for the static Green functions are obtained in such metrics for D < 6. It is shown that in the four dimensional case the corresponding Green function coincides with the Copson solution.


Conformal and W Symmetry Field Theories in Higher Dimensions Black Holes 


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  1. 1.Theoretical Physics Institute, Department of PhysicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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