On effective constraints for the Riemann-Lanczos system of eauations
2003 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There have been conflicting points of view concerning the Riemann-Lanczos problem in three and four dimensions. Using direct differentiation on the defining partial differential equations, Massa and Pagani (in four dimensions) and Edgar (in dimensions n=3) have argued that there are effective constraints so that not all Riemann tensors can have Lanczos potentials, using Cartan's criteria of integrability of ideals of differential forms Bampi and Caviglia have argued that there are no such constraints in dimensions n=4, and that, in these dimensions, all Riemann tensors can have Lanczos potentials. In this article we give a simple direct derivation of a constraint equation, confirm explicitly that known exact solutions of the Riemann-Lanczos problem satisfy it, and argue that the Bampi and Caviglia conclusion must therefore be flawed. In support of this, we refer to the recent work of Dolan and Gerber on the three-dimensional problem, by a method closely related to that of Bampi and Caviglia, they have found an "internal identity" which we demonstrate is precisely the three-dimensional version of the effective constraint originally found by Massa and Pagani, and Edgar.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 44, no 11, 5375-5385 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23072DOI: 10.1063/1.1619203Local ID: 2462OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-23072DiVA: diva2:243385