The general Kerr-de Sitter metrics in all dimensions Academic Article uri icon


  • We give the general Kerr-de Sitter metric in arbitrary space-time dimension D 4, with the maximal number [(D - 1)/2] of independent rotation parameters. We obtain the metric in Kerr-Schild form, where it is written as the sum of a de Sitter metric plus the square of a null-geodesic vector, and in generalised Boyer-Lindquist coordinates. The Kerr-Schild form is simpler for verifying that the Einstein equations are satisfied, and we have explicitly checked our results for all dimensions D 11. We discuss the global structure of the metrics, and obtain formulae for the surface gravities and areas of the event horizons. We also obtain the Euclidean-signature solutions, and we construct complete non-singular compact Einstein spaces on associated SD-2 bundles over S2, infinitely many for each odd D 5. 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gibbons, G. W., Lu, H., Page, D. N., & Pope, C. N.

citation count

  • 335

publication date

  • January 2005