Conformal Euclidean space

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics
Revision as of 17:06, 7 February 2011 by (talk) (Importing text file)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

A Riemannian space admitting a conformal mapping onto a Euclidean space. The curvature tensor of a conformal Euclidean space has the form



For , every is a conformal Euclidean space. In order that a space with be a conformal Euclidean space, it is necessary and sufficient that there exist a tensor satisfying the conditions (*) and . Sometimes a conformal Euclidean space is called a Weyl space admitting a conformal mapping onto a Euclidean space (see [2]).


[1] J.A. Schouten, D.J. Struik, "Einführung in die neueren Methoden der Differentialgeometrie" , 2 , Noordhoff (1935)
[2] A.P. Norden, "Spaces with an affine connection" , Nauka , Moscow-Leningrad (1976) (In Russian)


The notion defined in the article above is also called a conformally Euclidean space. An alternative description of this notion is as follows. Let be an -dimensional Riemannian space with Riemannian metric , Levi-Civita derivation (cf. Levi-Civita connection) , curvature tensor , Ricci transformation (cf. Ricci tensor) , and scalar curvature . Then the conformal curvature tensor (Weyl's curvature tensor) is defined by



Then locally admits a conformal mapping onto some open set of if and only if

1) for ; or

2) and for .

(See [a1] for example; for the "Codazzi equationCodazzi equation" for is satisfied automatically.) The coordinate expressions for the equations given above can be found in the book of J.A. Schouten [a2].


[a1] K. Yano, "The theory of Lie derivatives and its applications" , North-Holland (1957)
[a2] J.A. Schouten, "Ricci-calculus. An introduction to tensor analysis and its geometrical applications" , Springer (1954) (Translated from German)
How to Cite This Entry:
Conformal Euclidean space. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL:
This article was adapted from an original article by G.V. Bushmanova (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article