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Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Physical Review D

Volume

41

Issue

12

Publisher

American Physical Society

Publication Date

1990

First Page

3620

Last Page

3627

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevD.41.3620

Abstract

Ashtekar's spinorial formulation of general relativity is used to study perturbations of gravitational instantons corresponding to finite-action solutions of the Euclidean Einstein equations (with a nonzero cosmological constant) possessing an anti-self-dual Weyl curvature tensor. It is shown that, with an appropriate "on-shell" form of infinitesimal gauge transformations, the space of solutions to the linearized instanton equation can be described in terms of an elliptic complex; the cohomology of the complex defines gauge-inequivalent perturbations. Using this elliptic complex we prove that there are no nontrivial solutions to the linearized instanton equation on conformally anti-self-dual Einstein spaces with a positive cosmological constant. Thus, the space of gravitational instantons is discrete when the cosmological constant is positive; i.e., the dimension of the gravitational moduli space in this case is zero. We discuss the issue of linearization stability as well as the feasibility of using the Atiyah-Singer index theorem to compute the dimension of the gravitational moduli space when the cosmological constant is negative.

Comments

Originally published by the American Physical Society. Publisher's PDF available through Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology. Note: Charles Torre was affiliated with the Center for Space Science Research, Space Research Institute, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida at the time of publication.

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