About curvature, conformal metrics and warped products
Journal of Physics A : Mathematical and Theoretical
Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
13907 - 13930
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We consider the curvature of a family of warped products of two pseduo-Riemannian manifolds (B, gB) and (F, gF) furnished with metrics of the form c2gB ⊕ w2g F and, in particular, of the type w2μgB ⊕ w2gF, where c, w:B → (0, ∞) are smooth functions and μ is a real parameter. We obtain suitable expressions for the Ricci tensor and scalar curvature of such products that allow us to establish results about the existence of Einstein or constant scalar curvature structures in these categories. If (B, gB) is Riemannian, the latter question involves nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations with concave-convex nonlinearities and singular partial differential equations of the Lichnerowicz-York-type among others. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.