General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 477–500

Finding isometry groups in theory and practice

  • Marcelo E. Araujo
  • Tevian Dray
  • James E. F. Skea
Research Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF00760132

Cite this article as:
Araujo, M.E., Dray, T. & Skea, J.E.F. Gen Relat Gravit (1992) 24: 477. doi:10.1007/BF00760132


An algorithm is given for determining the isometry group of an arbitrary spacetime (in four dimensions). Numerous examples are given and the partial implementation of this algorithm using the symbolic manipulation package CLASSI is discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo E. Araujo
    • 1
  • Tevian Dray
    • 3
  • James E. F. Skea
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de MatemáticaUniversidade de BrasíliaBrasília DFBrazil
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Wales at CardiffCardiffUK
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  4. 4.School of Mathematical SciencesQueen Mary and Westfield CollegeLondonUK