Tractor calculi for parabolic geometries

Andreas Čap, A. Rod Gover
2001 Transactions of the American Mathematical Society  
Parabolic geometries may be considered as curved analogues of the homogeneous spaces G/P where G is a semisimple Lie group and P ⊂ G a parabolic subgroup. Conformal geometries and CR geometries are examples of such structures. We present a uniform description of a calculus, called tractor calculus, based on natural bundles with canonical linear connections for all parabolic geometries. It is shown that from these bundles and connections one can recover the Cartan bundle and the Cartan
more » ... . In particular we characterize the normal Cartan connection from this induced bundle/connection perspective. We construct explicitly a family of fundamental first order differential operators, which are analogous to a covariant derivative, iterable and defined on all natural vector bundles on parabolic geometries. For an important subclass of parabolic geometries we explicitly and directly construct the tractor bundles, their canonical linear connections and the machinery for explicitly calculating via the tractor calculus.
doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-01-02909-9 fatcat:fjaagyz74fei3hkjwn7shef3tu