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Non-reductive Homogeneous Pseudo-Riemannian Manifolds of Dimension Four

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 Printed: Apr 2006
  • M. E. Fels
  • A. G. Renner
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A method, due to \'Elie Cartan, is used to give an algebraic classification of the non-reductive homogeneous pseudo-Riemannian manifolds of dimension four. Only one case with Lorentz signature can be Einstein without having constant curvature, and two cases with $(2,2)$ signature are Einstein of which one is Ricci-flat. If a four-dimensional non-reductive homogeneous pseudo-Riemannian manifold is simply connected, then it is shown to be diffeomorphic to $\reals^4$. All metrics for the simply connected non-reductive Einstein spaces are given explicitly. There are no non-reductive pseudo-Riemannian homogeneous spaces of dimension two and none of dimension three with connected isotropy subgroup.
Keywords: Homogeneous pseudo-Riemannian, Einstein space Homogeneous pseudo-Riemannian, Einstein space
MSC Classifications: 53C30 show english descriptions Homogeneous manifolds [See also 14M15, 14M17, 32M10, 57T15] 53C30 - Homogeneous manifolds [See also 14M15, 14M17, 32M10, 57T15]

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