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Variational Principle for Spatially Homogeneous Cosmologies/KK-theory

  1. Jul 15, 2014 #1
    These questions applies to both spatially homogenous cosmological models, and multidimensional Kaluza-Klein theories:

    Suppose we have a manifold M, of dimension m, for which there is a transitive group of isometries acting on some n-dimensional homogeneous subspace N of M. Thus there exists a basis of n killing vectors ##\{\xi_1, \ldots, \xi_n\}## on N with structure constants ##C_{ij}^k##.

    In this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9804043), after Equation (10.2), it is claimed that in order for Hilbert's variational principle
    $$\delta \int R \text{vol}^{m}=0$$
    to be compatible with the homogeneity of ##N\subset M##, then the volume form ##\text{vol}^n = \omega^1 \wedge \cdots \wedge \omega^n##, where ##\omega^i## are the dual basis form to ##\xi_i## (##\text{vol}^m = \text{vol}^{m-n} \wedge \text{vol}^{n}##), must be invariant with respect to the group of isometries. A requirement that is translated into ##C^k_{kj} = 0##.

    Additionally the author claims that ##C^k_{kj} = 0## ensures that ##\mathcal{L}_{\xi_i} \delta g= 0##, where g is the metric tensor on M.

    I thus wonder:
    1. Why does ##\text{vol}^n = \omega^1 \wedge \cdots \wedge \omega^n## have to be invariant (with respect to the group of isometries) to make the variational Hilbert principle compatible with the homogeneity of N?
    2. Why is this only true iff ##C^{k}_{kj} =0##? (Is this related to the Haar measure of the group of isometries being bi-invariant?)
    3. How does ##C^k_{kj} = 0## ensure ##\mathcal{L}_{\xi_i} \delta g= 0## ?
     
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  3. Jul 30, 2014 #2
    I'm sorry you are not finding help at the moment. Is there any additional information you can share with us?
     
  4. Jul 31, 2014 #3

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    Maybe this question belongs rather to the relativity forum.
     
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