Time-dependent multi-centre solutions from new metrics with holonomy Sim(n-2) Academic Article uri icon


  • The classifications of holonomy groups in Lorentzian and in Euclidean signature are quite different. A group of interest in Lorentzian signature in n dimensions is the maximal proper subgroup of the Lorentz group, Sim(n - 2). Ricci-flat metrics with holonomy were constructed by Kerr and Goldberg, and a single four-dimensional example with a nonzero cosmological constant was exhibited by Ghanam and Thompson. Here we reduce the problem of finding the general n-dimensional Einstein metric of Sim(n - 2) holonomy, with and without a cosmological constant, to solving a set linear generalized Laplace and Poisson equations on an (n - 2)-dimensional Einstein base manifold. Explicit examples may be constructed in terms of generalized harmonic functions. A dimensional reduction of these multi-centre solutions gives new time-dependent Kaluza-Klein black holes and monopoles, including time-dependent black holes in a cosmological background whose spatial sections have non-vanishing curvature. 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gibbons, G. W., & Pope, C. N.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Gibbons, GW||Pope, CN

publication date

  • June 2008