Living Reviews in Relativity: "Lorentzian causality theory"

© SpringerMinguzzi, E., "Lorentzian causality theory", Living Rev Relativ (2019) 22: 3.

Open Access | Review Article

First Online: 03 June 2019


I review Lorentzian causality theory paying particular attention to the optimality and generality of the presented results. I include complete proofs of some foundational results that are otherwise difficult to find in the literature (e.g. equivalence of some Lorentzian length definitions, upper semi-continuity of the length functional, corner regularization, etc.). The paper is almost self-contained thanks to a systematic logical exposition of the many different topics that compose the theory. It contains new results on classical concepts such as maximizing curves, achronal sets, edges, horismos, domains of dependence, Lorentzian distance. The treatment of causally pathological spacetimes requires the development of some new versatile causality notions, among which I found particularly convenient to introduce: biviability, chronal equivalence, araying sets, and causal versions of horismos and trapped sets. Their usefulness becomes apparent in the treatment of the classical singularity theorems, which is here considerably expanded in the exploration of some variations and alternatives. 

The Author:

Ettore Minguzzi is an Associate Professor at the Department for Mathematics and Computer Science "Ulisse Dini" (DIMAI) of the University of Florence, Italy

His research topics are general relativity, global Lorentzian and Lorentz-Finsler geometry, topological preordered spaces.