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Title: Projective structure on 4-dimensional manifolds
Author: Wang, Zhixiang
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2012
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The object of my thesis is to investigate projectively related metrics, that is, metrics whose Levi-Civita connections admit exactly the same family of unparametrised geodesics on 4-dimensional manifolds with positive de nite or neutral (+;+;;) signatures. The general idea is to study the relationship between projectively related metrics and the holonomy types of each metric. The main technique presented in the work requires a certain classification of the curvature map which has been developed by G. S. Hall and D. P. Lonie in the case of Lorentz signature. In chapter 1, some of the background theory will be given. This will include an introduction to bivector algebra, a revision of the Riemann curvature tensor and holonomy theory and, in particular, the fundamental equations for projective related metrics. A brief historical and bibliographical review is also given. The subsequent chapter gives the details of projective related metrics of positive definite signature. In x2.1, the structure of so(4) is described with an emphasis on the canonical decomposition of bivectors and then the subalgebras of so(4) follow. In x2.2., the problem of projective related metrics can be solved case by case decided by holonomy types. In many of these cases, the connections are found to be necessarily equal. A few cases with nontrivial projectively related metrics have been found by only in the rather special case of curvature class D, and the metrics are given in the appendices. An extension of this method to spaces of neutral signature (+;+;;) is made in chapter 3. The rst part of the chapter discusses the algebraic structure of a 4-dimensional vector space with such a metric. In contrast to metrics of the other two signatures (positive definite and Lorentz), this metric admits totally null planes. The structure of the Lie algebra so(2; 2) can be described through the action on totally null planes. The classification of all subalgebras of so(2,2) is then obtained in terms of self-dual and anti-self-dual bivectors. In most holonomy types and curvature classes, the problem has only trivial solutions. Nontrivial projectively related metrics can be found for four holonomy types with curvature class D and two holonomy types with curvature class A.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Overseas Research Student Scholarship
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Four-manifolds (Topology)