Einstein manifolds, Abelian instantons, bundle reduction and the cosmological constant

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The antiself-dual projection of the spin connections of certain four-dimensional Einstein manifolds can be Abelian in nature. These configurations signify bundle reductions. By a theorem of Kobayashi and Nomizu such a process is predicated on the existence of a covariantly constant field. It turns out that even without fundamental Higgs fields and other physical matter, gravitational self-interactions can generate this mechanism if the cosmological constant is non-vanishing. This paper identifies the order parameter, and clarifies how these Abelian instanton solutions are associated with a Higgs triplet which causes the bundle reduction from the S O (3) gauge group to U (1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-717
Number of pages9
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Feb 21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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