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Proyecciones (Antofagasta)

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Proyecciones (Antofagasta) vol.31 no.1 Antofagasta mar. 2012 

Proyecciones Journal of Mathematics Vol. 31, No 1, pp. 51-63, March 2012. Universidad Católica del Norte Antofagasta - Chile

The signature in actions of semisimple Lie groups on pseudo-Riemannian manifolds

José Rosales-Ortega

Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica



We study the relationship between the signature of a semisimple Lie group and a pseudoRiemannian manifold on wich the group acts topologically transitively and isometrically. We also provide a description of the bi-invariant pseudo-Riemannian metrics on a semisimple Lie Group over R in terms of the complexification of the Lie algebra associated to the group, and then we utilize it to prove a remark of Gromov.

Keywords : semisimple Lie groups, bi-invariant metric, local freeness.

Subjclass : [2000] Primary: 53C05; Secondary: 53C10.



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Jose Rosales-Ortega

Department of Mathematics


Universidad de Costa Rica e Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica San Jose Cartago, Costa Rica

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Received : September 2011. Accepted : November 2011

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