Differential-Geometric Structures On Manifolds
In the present chapter we provide most of the prerequisites for reading the rest of the book. In the first two sections we present a review of vector bundles and introduce the main differential operators: Lie derivative, exterior differential, linear connection, general connection. Distributions on manifolds (known as non-holonomic spaces in classical terminology) are then introduced and studied by using both methods of vector fields and of differential 1-forms. We give here the characterization for the existence of a transversal distribution to a foliation, which is found to be very useful in Chapters 4 and 5 for a general study of lightlike submanifolds. In the last two sections we deal with semi-Riemannian manifolds and lightlike manifolds. While the geometry of a semi-Riemannian manifold is fully developed by using the Levi-Civita connection we stress the role of the radical distribution in studying the geometry of a lightlike manifold. The main formulas and results are expressed by using both the invariant form and the index form.
KeywordsVector Field Vector Bundle Tensor Field Linear Connection Local Component
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