On a particular type of product manifolds and shear-free cosmological models
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Classical and Quantum Gravity
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Shear-free flows or observer fields are important objects of study in general relativity; stationary or rigid observers are important examples of shear-free reference frames. In this paper, we introduce a geometric structure based on a local coordinate expression of metrics admitting a shear-free reference frame. Furthermore, we investigate a large sub-class of these models ('tilted' warped products) that includes the Robertson-Walker spacetime, the Gödel spacetime and other models of Gödel type. We present a novel example of a rotating and expanding cosmological model that is contained in this class. Finally, we describe the geodesic barotropic perfect fluid solutions. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.