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The ernst equation on a riemann surface


Nicolai,  Hermann
Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Korotkin, D. A., & Nicolai, H. (1994). The ernst equation on a riemann surface. Nuclear Physics B, 429(1), 229-254. doi:10.1016/S0550-3213(94)80048-0.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-5BE0-B
The Ernst equation is formulated on an arbitrary Riemann surface. Analytically, the problem reduces to finding solutions of the ordinary Ernst equation which are periodic along the symmetry axis. The family of (punctured) Riemann surfaces admitting a non-trivial Ernst field constitutes a “partially discretized” subspace of the usual moduli space. The method allows us to construct new exact solutions of Einstein's equations in vacuo with non-trivial topology, such that different “universes”, each of which may have several black holes on its symmetry axis, are connected through necks bounded by cosmic strings. We show how the extra topological degrees of freedom may lead to an extension of the Geroch group and discuss possible applications to string theory.