On a new approach of deriving the Weyl-Lanczos equations giving rise to a physical interpretation of the Lagrange multiplier q
Homerton College, University of Cambridge, Hills Road, CB2 8PH, Cambridge, UK
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Accepted: 14 September 2011
Published online: 22 September 2011
In this paper we incorporate Lanczos’ six differential gauge conditions and eight algebraic conditions to the tensor form of the Weyl-Lanczos equation and subsequently apply the null tetrad formalism to obtain the Weyl-Lanczos equation in spin coefficient form. This technique is then applied to the Ricci tensor. As a consequence, Lanczos’ Lagrange multiplier is found to be related to the Ricci tensor --and explicit forms are obtained involving spin coefficients and the eight complex Lanczos coefficients-- while the Lagrange multiplier q can be interpreted as the Ricci scalar. Furthermore, a relationship is established between , and q when the Bianchi identities are invoked.
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