Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata (1923 -)

, Volume 198, Issue 1, pp 307–334 | Cite as

Invariant prolongation of the Killing tensor equation

  • A. Rod GoverEmail author
  • Thomas Leistner


The Killing tensor equation is a first-order differential equation on symmetric covariant tensors that generalises to higher rank the usual Killing vector equation on Riemannian manifolds. We view this more generally as an equation on any manifold equipped with an affine connection, and in this setting derive its prolongation to a linear connection. This connection has the property that parallel sections are in 1–1 correspondence with solutions of the Killing equation. Moreover, this connection is projectively invariant and is derived entirely using the projectively invariant tractor calculus which reveals also further invariant structures linked to the prolongation.


Integrability Hidden symmetries Projective differential geometry Riemannian manifolds Affine manifolds 

Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 53B10 Secondary 53A20 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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