Date of Award
Master of Arts in Mathematics
First Reader/Committee Chair
A manifold is a Hausdorff topological space that is locally Euclidean. We will define the difference between a Riemannian manifold and a pseudo-Riemannian manifold. We will explore how geodesics behave on pseudo-Riemannian manifolds and what it means for manifolds to be geodesically complete. The Hopf-Rinow theorem states that,“Riemannian manifolds are geodesically complete if and only if it is complete as a metric space,” [Lee97] however, in pseudo-Riemannian geometry, there is no analogous theorem since in general a pseudo-Riemannian metric does not induce a metric space structure on the manifold. Our main focus will be on a family of manifolds referred to as a generalized plane wave manifolds. We will prove that all generalized plane wave manifolds are geodesically complete.
Pena, Moises, "Geodesics on Generalized Plane Wave Manifolds" (2019). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 866.