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### Lorentzian manifolds of negative spacelike sectional curvature

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a simply connected Lorentzian manifold of signature $(-,+,\ldots,+)$ and such that the sectional curvature of any space-like surface is non-positive. Is it true that there are no ...
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### Distance function and Hessian in Lorentzian geometries with positive curvature

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a Lorentzian manifold with signature $(-,+,\ldots,+)$ and a positive curvature. Let $p \in M$. Let $U$ be a sufficiently small neighborhood of $p$ in the exterior of the double null ...
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### Analogous $H^1$-space for pseudo inner products

Perhaps this is a naive question but I could not find anything related to this. Imagine we are on a bounded and regular open subset $\Omega$ of $\mathbb{R}^3_1$, i.e, $\mathbb{R}^4$ is considered ...
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### Lower bound for domain of exponential map on Lorentzian manifolds

Let $M$ denote a manifold admitting a Lorentzian metric $g_{ab}$. Essentially, I would like to know the "minimum domain" on which the exponential map is defined at $p\in M$. To make this concrete, ...
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### Can the Lie derivative of a Riemannian metric be expressed in terms of the Lie derivative of a Lorentzian metric?

On a Lorentzian manifold with metric (M,g) with a vanishing Euler-Poincare characteristic, there exists a line element vector X which has a collinear vector u (Manifold Theory: An introduction for ...
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### Maximal symmetry at the speed of light

Are there examples of 1 + 3 dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifolds with 6 dimensional isometry group whose orbits are light-like (i.e., the metric restricted to each orbit is degenerate)? Here is a (...
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### Existence of transverse null vector bundle in a degenerate Lorentzian hypersurface

This question is cross-posted at https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3234895/existence-of-transverse-null-vector-bundle Let $(M,g)$ be a Lorentzian manifold. Let $\dim(M)=d$. Given a null ...
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### Completeness is a conformal invariant

In this article about completeness of semi-riemannian manifolds the author writes (in section 2.2) that it is unkown if the following statement holds: A compact indefinite manifold which is conformal ...
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### $(M,g)$ is complete iff $(\tilde{M},\tilde{g})$ is complete (non-Riemannian version)

I'm not sure if this question is too low level for Math Overflow (so feel free to move this to SE if you think it is). Inspired by this and this question I'm wondering if the following statement is ...
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### Compatibility of Kirillov-Kostant-Souriau form and Killing form

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a real semisimple Lie algebra. We know that a coadjoint orbit $\mathcal{O} \hookrightarrow \mathfrak{g}^*$ carries a natural symplectic form $\omega$, namely the Kirillov-Kostant-...
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### Compact, incomplete semi-Riemannian manifold of constant curvature

In the Riemannian setting, Hopf-Rinow tells us that any compact Riemannian manifold is complete. The Clifton-Pohl torus gives a counter example for indefinite metrics. However, in the Lorentz setting,...
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### What is the meaning and role of global hyperbolicity condition for semi-Riemannian manifolds

What is the heuristic meaning of the global hyperbolicity condition for semi-Riemannian manifolds? Also what is the role of this condition in the study of geodesic connectedness?
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### (Semi-)Riemannian geometry for working PDE analysts

What is a good reference on (semi-)Riemannian geometry written for PDE analysts (that is, with main focus on analytical problems and approaches)? The closest thing I know to this, are two books by ...
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### Analytic approach to geodesic connectedness in Semi-Riemannian manifolds

Can you point out a reference (or references) that deal with analytical methods (rather than methods from differential geometry) for the study of geodesic connectedness on Semi-Riemannian manifolds?
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### Surjectivity of Pseudo-Riemannian exponential map on geodesically complete manifolds

Suppose one has a geodesically complete pseudo-Riemannian manifold $M$ i.e. the exponential map is defined for all tangent vectors on the manifold. Can one make a sensible statement about whether (or ...
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### Lorentzian analogue to Thurston geometries

Is there an analogue to the eight Thurston geometries for Lorentz metrics? If so, how many "disctinct" geometries are there in the Lorentzian case? And which closed 3-manifolds admit metrics which ...
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### Positive and non-negative sectional curvature of semi-riemannian metrics

I am currently studying the techniques related to geometry of positive and non-negative sectional curvature of Riemannian metrics. In particular, I have done some work with Cheeger deformations. I ...
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### Closed Semi-Riemannian manifolds with non-compact isometry group

Does anyone know a good reference for general results about closed Semi-Riemannian manifolds which have a non-compact isometry group? Edit: My goal is to understand a bit better what the intuition ...
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### Reference for connection of a Hessian metric

Let $(M,\langle \cdot,\cdot\rangle)$ be a pseudo-Riemannian manifold and $f: M \to \Bbb R$ be a smooth function. One can consider the covariant Hessian $\nabla ({\rm d}f)$. Some time ago I had seen a ...
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### Parallel frame for marginally trapped bi-harmonic surfaces in $\Bbb R^4_2$

I'm reading the paper Classification of marginally trapped Lorentzian flat surfaces in $\mathbb{E}^4_2$ and its applications to biharmonic surfaces by B. Y. Chen. Summarizing it quickly: he first ...
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### Why are they called “screen” distributions?

If $V$ is a vector space and $g$ is a symmetric degenerate bilinear form on $V$, every complementary subspace to the radical ${\rm rad}(V)$ is called a "screen subspace" of $V$: we have an orthogonal ...
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### Diffusion on a semi-Riemannian manifold?

A great deal of literature exists on the heat equation and heat kernel for a Riemannian manifold. The Laplace-Beltrami operator in the given metric replaces the flat Laplacian in the heat equation, ...
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### Reference request: minimal (maximal) Lorentzian surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^{1,2}$

Let $R^{1,2}$ be the Minkowski 3-space, I would like to know any references about minimal (maximal) orientable Lorentzian surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^{1,2}$, including examples and maybe general theories, ...
Let $M$ be a semi-Riemannian manifold and $G\subset Iso(M)$ a closed connected Lie subgroup which acts properly on $M$. It is known that every orbit of the action is a (closed) submanifold of $M$. My ...