Asymptotic
Flatness at Spatial Infinity |

**In General** > s.a. ADM formulation;
canonical general relativity; initial-value
formulation; multipole
moments \ solutions
of general relativity.

* __Idea__: One gets information
on conserved quantities of spacetime, but there are no equations, the dynamics
is not recorded.

* __History__: It took about
ten years more to develop than the structure at \(\cal I\),
mainly because of the intricate differentiable structure; 2016, Supertranslations are used to prove that black holes can have soft hair.

@ __Early work__: in Lichnerowicz 39 [for stationary spacetimes].

@ __General references__: Geroch JMP(72),
in(77); Sommers JMP(78);
Ashtekar in(80), FP(85);
Beig & Schmidt
CMP(82);
Ashtekar & Magnon JMP(84);
Beig PRS(84);
Winicour FP(85);
Chruściel JMP(89),
JMP(89);
Petrov IJMPD(95),
IJMPD(97);
Hayward PRD(03)gq; Compère & Dehouck CQG(11)-a1106 [without imposing parity conditions].

@ __With symmetries__: Beig GRG(80)
[static]; Beig & Simon GRG(80),
Kennefick & Ó Murchadha
CQG(95)gq/93 [stationary];
Beig & Chruściel JMP(96)gq/95; > s.a. initial-value
formulation.

@ __Existence__: Reula CMP(89); Lindblad & Rodnianski CMP(05)m.AP/03
[wave coordinates].

@ __Numerical__: Husa AIP(00)gq/01;
Zenginoğlu JPCS(07)gq/06.

@ __Other__: Friedrich CMP(88)
[radiativity condition]; Ashtekar & Romano CQG(92)
[i^{0} as
boundary]; Thiemann CQG(95)gq/93 [Ashtekar
variables]; Herberthson CQG(98)gq/97 [diff];
Finster & Kraus CJM(05)m.DG/03 [curvature
estimates]; Shiromizu & Tomizawa PRD(04)gq,
Tanabe et al JMP(09)-a0902 [higher
dimensions].

**Spi Formalism** > s.a. Penrose
Diagram; Ripple.

$ __Def__: A spacetime (*M*,* g*)
is said to be asymptotically flat at spatial infinity if there exists a conformally related spacetime
(*M'*,* g'*), which is C^{∞} everywhere
except at a point i^{0},
where *M*' is C^{>1} and *g' *is
C^{>0}, together
with an imbedding *i*: *M* → *M*, such that

(1) \(\bar J\)(i^{0}) = *M'* \ *M*,
i.e., i^{0} is at spatial infinity;

(2) There exists a conformal factor Ω: *M*' → \(\mathbb R\), C^{2} at
i^{0}, C^{∞} elsewhere, such that
*g'*_{ab}|_{M} = Ω^{2}
*g*_{ab},
Ω\(|_{i^0}\) = ∇*'*_{a} Ω\(|_{i^0}\) =
0, ∇*'*_{a}∇*'*_{b} Ω\(|_{i^0}\) =
2 *g'*_{ab} (Ω ~ *ρ*^{–2});

(3) *R*_{ab} admits a regular direction-dependent limit at i^{0} (matter
sources fall off like *ρ*^{–4}).

* __Re boundary conditions__: If the metric
were C^{1} at i^{0}, the mass would vanish;
If the metric were C^{0}, the mass would not be defined; *R'*_{abcd} blows
up at i^{0}, but Ω^{1/2} *R*'_{abcd} →
*R*_{abcd}(*η*),
a regular direction-dependent limit; Its Weyl part is coded in the electric and
magnetic parts, with potentials provided by the Ricci part.

* __Relationships__: Implies
asymptotic flatness at spatial infinity in the ADM sense.

* __Hyperboloid__ \(\cal D\):
The most useful construction at spi is the hyperboloid
\(\cal D\) of unit timelike vectors, the "space of directions of approach
to i^{0}"; It has a natural metric *h*_{ab} = *g*_{ab} – *η*_{a}*η*_{b}.

* __First-order structure__:
Universal, the C^{>1} manifold with well-defined tangent space and metric.

* __Connections__: They correspond
to equivalence classes of connections on spacetime; They need not always be the same.

* __Higher-order structure__:
Not meaningful, reflected in the fact that the curvature blows up at spi.

@ __References__: Bergmann & Smith PRD(93)
[structure]; Valiente a0808 [regularity conditions].

**Ambiguities** > s.a. asymptotic flatness.

* __Non-uniqueness__: Equivalent
conformal completions may be obtained by supertranslations, inequivalent ones
by a 4-parameter family of logarithmic transformations; If we use Ω' = *ω* Ω,
where *ω* = 1 and C^{>0} at
i^{0}, i.e., *ω* =
1 + Ω^{1/2} *α*,
where *α*...; If *ω* is C^{0} at
i^{0}, we get an inequivalent completion (e.g., related by a log translation).

* __Logarithmic transformations__:
An ambiguity in the choice of flat metric *η* (in
addition to supertranslations); If *η* is one such metric, with Cartesian
chart *x*^{m}, then *η*'
with *x*'^{m}:= *x*^{m} + *C*^{m} ln *ρ*,
for all C^{m}, will also do; In some cases there is a preferred or
asymptotic frame; In the spi framework, a 4-parameter family of inequivalent,
logarithmically related completions which give the same physical answers, and can be considered as gauge.

@ __Logarithmic transformations__: Bergmann PR(61); Beig & Schmidt CMP(82);
Ashtekar FP(85).

**Symmetries / The Spi Group**

* __Idea__: The set of all
diffeomorphisms that leave the spi structure invariant,
modulo those which generate the identity at i^{0} and leave each ripple
fixed, \(\cal G\) = \(\cal D\)/*I*.

* __Structure__: Similar to
the BMS group, a semidirect product of the Lorentz group and the supertranslation
group; It has a preferred translation subgroup,
but not a preferred Lorentz (and hence Poincaré) subgroup.

* __Generators__: Vector fields *X*^{a} such
that at i^{0},
*X*^{a} ∈ C^{>0} and
*X*^{ a} = 0 (not to move i^{0}), ∇*'*_{(a}*X*_{b)} =
0 (not to change the
metric, asymptotic Killing vector fields), and ∇*'*_{a} ∇*'*_{(b}* X*_{c)} = ∇*'*_{a} *ω* *g'*_{bc},
for some *ω* (= 1 at i^{0}) (so *X* can be
associated with some change in conformal factor); If ∇_{a} *ω* =
0, then *X* generates the identity at i^{0}; It belongs to *I*.

* __Remark__: *X* defines a vector field
on \(\cal D\) by *X' *^{a}:=
lim Ω^{–1/2} *X*^{ a}
(tangential to \(\cal D\) since ∇_{(a} *X*_{b)}
= 0).

@ __References__: Goldberg PRD(90); Perng JMP(99)gq/98;
Lusanna & de
Pietri gq/99;
Szabados CQG(03)gq; Dehouck PhD-a1112 [electric and magnetic aspects]; Troessaert a1704 [BMS4 algebra as the asymptotic symmetry algebra]; Henneaux & Troessaert a1801 [new boundary conditions and the BMS group].

**Energy-Momentum** > s.a. ADM formalism; energy
in general relativity [and generalization].

$ __Def__: The energy-momentum
component along a tangent vector *V*^{a} at i^{0} is

*V*^{a} *p*_{a}
= \(1\over8\pi G\)∫_{C}* E*_{ab}* V*^{b} d*S*^{a} ,

where *E*_{ab} is the electric
part of the Weyl tensor on the hyperboloid
\(\cal D\) at i^{0},
and *C* is any cross section of \(\cal D\).

@ __Relationship with ADM__: Śniatycki RPMP(89);
Huang & Zhang gq/05-proc, ScCh(07)gq/06.

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