On the Geometry of pp-Wave Type Spacetimes

  • José L. Flores
  • Miguel Sánchez
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 692)


Global geometric properties of product manifolds M = M × ℝ2, endowed with a metric type 〈·,·〉 = 〈·,·〉 R + 2dudv + H(x,u)du 2 (where 〈·,·〉 R is a Riemannian metric on M and H : M×ℝ → ℝ a function), which generalize classical plane waves, are revisited. Our study covers causality (causal ladder, non-existence of horizons), geodesic completeness, geodesic connectedness and existence of conjugate points. Appropriate mathematical tools for each problem are emphasized and the necessity to improve several Riemannian (positive de.nite) results is claimed.


Plane Wave Gravitational Wave Riemannian Problem Conjugate Point Geodesic Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • José L. Flores
    • 1
    • 2
  • Miguel Sánchez
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsStony Brook University, Stony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Departamento de Álgebra, Geometría y TopologíaUniversidad de Málaga, Campus TeatinosMálagaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Geometría y TopologíaFacultad de Ciencias, Universidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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