Higher dimensional bivectors and classification of the Weyl operator
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Original versionColey, A and Hervik, S. (2010). Higher dimensional bivectors and classification of the Weyl operator. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 27(1) doi:10.1088/0264-9381/27/1/015002
We develop the bivector formalism in higher dimensional Lorentzian spacetimes. We define the Weyl bivector operator in a manner consis- tent with its boost-weight decomposition. We then algebraically classify the Weyl tensor, which gives rise to a refinement in dimensions higher than four of the usual alignment (boost-weight) classification, in terms of the irreducible representations of the spins. We are consequently able to define a number of new algebraically special cases. In particular, the classification in five dimensions is discussed in some detail. In addition, utilizing the (refined) algebraic classification, we are able to prove some interesting results when the Weyl tensor has (additional) symmetries.
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