Topological Properties and Global Structure of Space-Time

Editors: Bergmann, Peter G., De Sabbata, Venzo (Eds.)

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The Ninth Course of the International School of Cosmology and Gravita­ tion of the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture is concerned with "Topological Properties and Global Structure of Space-Time." We consider this topic to possess great importance. Our choice has also been influenced by the fact that there are many quest ions as yet unre­ solved. Standard general relativity describes space-time as a four-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold, but it does not prescribe its large-scale structure. Inorderto attempt answers to some topological questions, such as whether our universe is open or closed, whether it is orientable, and whether it is complete or possesses singularities, various theoretical approaches to global aspects of gravitational physics are presented here. As topological questions playa role in non-standard theories as weIl, it will be found that some of the lectures and seminar talks in this volume adopt the point of view of standard relativity, whereas others are based on different theories, such as Kaluza-Klein theories, bimetric theories, and supergravity. We have found it difficult to organize these papers into classes, say standard and non-standard theory, or models with and without singularities. One paper, by R. Reasenberg, is experimental. Its purpose was to give the theorists present an inkling of the opportunities, as weIl as the pitfalls, of experimental research in gravitational physics. Accordingly, we have arranged all contributions alphabetically, by ~first-named) author.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Measurement of Gravity and Gauge Fields using Quantum Mechanical Probes

    Anandan, J.

    Pages 1-14

  • Gravitation at Spatial Infinity

    Bergmann, Peter G.

    Pages 15-20

  • Field Theories on Supermanifolds: General Formalism, Local Supersymmetry, and the Limit of Global Supersymmetry

    Bruzzo, Ugo

    Pages 21-29

  • Supergravities and Kaluza-Klein Theories

    Choquet-Bruhat, Yvonne

    Pages 31-48

  • Boundary Conditions at Spatial Infinity

    Chruściel, Piotr

    Pages 49-59

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Topological Properties and Global Structure of Space-Time
Editors
  • Peter G. Bergmann
  • Venzo De Sabbata
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-3626-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-3626-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-42367-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-3628-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 290
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