Inhomogeneous Ambient Metrics
The ambient metric, introduced in [FG1], has proven to be an important object in conformal geometry. To a manifold M of dimension n with a conformai class of metrics [g] of signature (p, q) it associates a diffeomorphism class of formal expansions of metrics \( \tilde g \) of signature (p + 1, q + 1) on a space Open image in new window of dimension n + 2. This generalizes the realization of the conformal sphere Sn as the space of null lines for a quadratic form of signature (n + 1, 1), with associated Minkowski metric \( \tilde g \) on ℝn+2. The ambient space Open image in new window carries a family of dilations with respect to which \( \tilde g \) is homogeneous of degree 2. The other conditions determining \( \tilde g \) are that it be Ricci-flat and satisfy an initial condition specified by the conformal class [g].
KeywordsNormal Form Bergman Kernel Conformal Class Smooth Part Complete Contraction
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