Isometric immersions into the Minkowski spacetime for Lorentzian manifolds with limited regularity.

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Abstract : Assuming minimal regularity assumptions on the data, we revisit the classical problem of finding isometric immersions into the Minkowski spacetime for hypersurfaces of a Lorentzian manifold. Our approach encompasses metrics having Sobolev regularity and Riemann curvature defined in the distributional sense, only. It applies to timelike, spacelike, or null hypersurfaces with arbitrary signature that possibly changes from point to point.

Mots Clés: Lorentzian manifold; Minkowski spacetime; Isometric embedding; General hypersurface.

Date2009-05-07