Vacuum spacetimes with constant Weyl eigenvalues

A. Barnes

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    Einstein spacetimes (that is vacuum spacetimes possibly with a non-zero cosmological constant A) with constant non-zero Weyl eigenvalues are considered. For type Petrov II & D this assumption allows one to prove that the non-repeated eigenvalue necessarily has the value 2A/3 and it turns out that the only possible spacetimes are some Kundt-waves considered by Lewandowski which are type II and a Robinson-Bertotti solution of type D. For Petrov type I the only solution turns out to be a homogeneous pure vacuum solution found long ago by Petrov using group theoretic methods. These results can be summarised by the statement that the only vacuum spacetimes with constant Weyl eigenvalues are either homogeneous or are Kundt spacetimes. This result is similar to that of Coley et al. who proved their result for general spacetimes under the assumption that all scalar invariants constructed from the curvature tensor and all its derivatives were constant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012067
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2015
    EventSpanish Relativity Meeting 2014: Almost 100 years after Einstein's revolution - Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 1 Sept 20145 Sept 2014

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    Conference Series, Volume 600, conference 1: Spanish Relativity Meeting (ERE 2014): almost 100 years after Einstein's revolution, 1–5 September 2014, Valencia, Spain.

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