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Existence of Lanczos potentials and superpotentials for the Weyl spinor/tensor
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics.
2001 (English)In: Classical and quantum gravity, ISSN 0264-9381, E-ISSN 1361-6382, Vol. 18, no 12, 2297-2304 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A new and concise proof of existence - emphasizing the very natural and simple structure - is given for the Lanczos spinor potential LABCA' of an arbitrary symmetric spinor WABCD defined by WABCD = 2?(AA' LBCD)A', this proof is easily translated into tensors in such a way that it is valid in four-dimensional spaces of any signature. In particular, this means that the Weyl spinor ?ABCD has Lanczos potentials in all spacetimes, and furthermore that the Weyl tensor has Lanczos potentials on all four-dimensional spaces, irrespective of signature. In addition, two superpotentials for WABCD are identified: the first TABCD (= T(ABC)D) is given by LABCA' = ?A'DTABCD, while the second HABA'B' (= H(AB)(A'B')) (which is restricted to Einstein spacetimes) is given by LABCA' = ? (AB' HBC)A'B'. The superpotential TABCD is used to describe the gauge freedom in the Lanczos potential.

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2001. Vol. 18, no 12, 2297-2304 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47347DOI: 10.1088/0264-9381/18/12/304OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-47347DiVA: diva2:268243
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2017-12-13

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