Singularities at real points of ℋ space
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In the presence of gravitational radiation, there are ordinarily no shear-free slices of null infinity. A four-complex-dimensional set of shear-free slices of complexified null infinity do exist. They comprise the manifold ℋ space. In general, there are no preferred real subspaces ofℋ space associated with slices of real null infinity. However, for radiation fields possessing a twist-free axial symmetry, a two-parameter family of shear-free slices of real null infinity exist and therefore pick out a preferred two-dimensional real subspace ofℋ space. In this paper, we study the geometry of these 2-spaces for the particular case of quadrupole radiation fields for which determination of the shear-free slices reduces to the standard problem of determining orbits of a particle moving in a potential. Our principal interest is the investigation of possible singularities caused by sufficiently intense radiation fields. We find that such singularities do occur for radiation fields having the characteristic powerc5/G.
KeywordsRadiation Manifold Axial Symmetry Differential Geometry Radiation Field
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