Exact Solutions in the 3+1 Split


This began as some documentation Erik Schnetter wrote for the Penn State Maya code. I wanted to enter some more simple sample (3+1 splits of) exact space-times. It you see an obvious error, or have something to suggest, let me know.

There is, of course, a definite bias towards black hole space-times. I may add cosmological ones when/if I get the chance.

A few words about notation: In what follows, Greek indices such as \(\alpha\), \(\beta\), \(\mu\), \(\nu\) are four-vector indices and run from 0 to 3. Latin indices such as \(i\), \(j\), \(k\), \(l\), \(m\), \(n\) are three-vector indices and run from 1 to 3.

When using spherical polar coordinates, in general \(R\) will denote the standard “areal” radial coordinate; when dealing with a conformally flat solution, I’ll use \(r\) to denote the radial coordinate, as then it will not be areal. Additionally, I often use the letter \(q\) to denote the cylindrical polar quantity \(\sqrt{x^2 + y^2} = r \, \sin\theta\); most references I know use the Greek letter \(\rho\) for this purpose, but I’ve found \(\rho\) to be used for too many other purposes.

3+1 Decomposition and Conventions

The standard reference for the 3+1 decomposition is York (1979). I’ll repeat only the most important resulting equations here.

The line element \( ds \) is given by: \[ds^2 = -\alpha^2 dt^2 + \gamma_{i j} (dx^i+\beta ^i dt)(dx^j+\beta ^j dt)\] This leads directly to the relationship between the four-metric \(g_{\mu \nu }\) on the one hand and the three-metric \(\gamma_{i j}\), the lapse \(\alpha\), and the shift \(\beta ^{i}\) on the other hand (see (Misner 1973), section 21.4): \[g_{\mu \nu} = \left( \begin{array}{cc} -\alpha ^2 + \beta_m \beta^m & \beta_j \\ \beta_i & \gamma_{i j} \end{array} \right) \Rightarrow g^{\mu \nu} = \frac{1}{\alpha^2} \left( \begin{array}{cc} - 1 & \beta^j \\ \beta^i & \gamma^{i j} \alpha^2 - \beta^i \beta^j \end{array} \right)\]

The metric connection \({\,^4\Gamma}^a_{bc}\) is defined in terms of the metric inverse, and the metric derivatives: \[{\,^4\Gamma}^{\mu}_{\nu \rho} \equiv \frac{1}{2} g^{\mu \sigma} \left[ g_{\nu \sigma, \rho} + g_{\sigma \rho, \nu} - g_{\nu \rho, \sigma} \right].\] We can write this in terms of 3+1 quantities by looking separately at the time and space components. Starting with the \(\mu=0\): \[\begin{aligned} {\,^4\Gamma}^0_{0 0} &= - \frac{1}{2\alpha^2} \left[ \left( -\alpha ^2 \right)_{,0} - \gamma_{m n, 0} \beta^m \beta^n \right] + \frac{1}{2 \alpha^2} \beta^m \left[ - \left( -\alpha ^2 + \beta_n \beta^n \right)_{,m} \right],\\ {\,^4\Gamma}^0_{0 i} &= - \frac{1}{2\alpha^2} \left[ \left( -\alpha ^2 \right)_{,i} + \beta_m \beta^m_{,i} \right] + \frac{1}{2 \alpha^2} \beta^m \left[ \gamma_{m i, 0} - \beta_{i, m} \right],\\ {\,^4\Gamma}^0_{i j} &= - \frac{1}{2\alpha^2} \left[ \beta_{i,j} + \beta_{j, i} - \gamma_{i j, 0} \right] + \frac{1}{2 \alpha^2} \beta^m \left[ \gamma_{i m, j} + \gamma_{m j,i} - \gamma_{i j, m} \right].\end{aligned}\] Now for the spatial \(\mu=i\) components: \[\begin{aligned} {\,^4\Gamma}^i_{0 0} &= \frac{1}{2 \alpha^2} \beta^i \left[ \left( -\alpha ^2 + \beta_m \beta^m \right)_{, 0} \right] + \frac{1}{2} \left( \gamma^{i m} - \frac{1}{\alpha^2} \beta^i \beta^m \right) \left[ 2 \beta_{m, 0} - \left( -\alpha ^2 + \beta_n \beta^n \right)_{, m} \right],\\ {\,^4\Gamma}^i_{0 j} &= \frac{1}{2 \alpha^2} \beta^i \left[ \left( -\alpha ^2 + \beta_m \beta^m \right)_{, j} \right] + \frac{1}{2} \left( \gamma^{i m} - \frac{1}{\alpha^2} \beta^i \beta^m \right) \left[ \beta_{m, j} + \gamma_{m j, 0} - \beta_{j, m} \right],\\ {\,^4\Gamma}^i_{j k} &= \frac{1}{2 \alpha^2} \beta^i \left[ \beta_{j, k} + \beta_{k, j} - \gamma_{j k, 0} \right] + \frac{1}{2} \left( \gamma^{i m} - \frac{1}{\alpha^2} \beta^i \beta^m \right) \left[ \gamma_{j m, k} + \gamma_{m k, j} - \gamma_{j k, m} \right].\end{aligned}\]

To get the extrinsic curvature from the three-metric, we must take the future-pointing unit time-like normal to the slice, \({\hat{n}}^{\mu}\): \[\begin{aligned} {\hat{n}}_{\mu} &= \left( -\alpha, 0,0,0 \right) \\ \Rightarrow {\hat{n}}^{\mu} &= g^{\mu \alpha} {\hat{n}}_{\alpha} = \left[ \frac{1}{\alpha}, - \frac{\beta^i}{\alpha} \right].\end{aligned}\]

The “projected” four-metric is \(h_{\mu \nu} \equiv g_{\mu \nu} + {\hat{n}}_{\mu} {\hat{n}}_{\nu}\). Then we define the extrinsic curvature (York (1979) eq. (19),(35))1: \[\begin{aligned} K_{i j} & \equiv - \frac{1}{2} \mathcal{L}_{{\hat{n}}} h_{i j} \\ & = \frac{1}{2\alpha} \left( \beta_{i|j} + \beta_{j|i} - \partial _t \gamma_{i j} \right) = \frac{1}{2\alpha} \left( \mathcal{L}_{\beta} h_{i j} - \mathcal{L}_{t} h_{i j} \right)\\ & = \frac{1}{2\alpha} \left( \beta_{i,j} + \beta_{j,i} - \partial _t \gamma_{i j} - 2 \Gamma^p_{i j} \beta_p \right) \\ & = - \alpha {\,^4\Gamma}^0_{i j}.\end{aligned}\]

This can be inverted to give an expression for the three-metric’s time-derivative in terms of the extrinsic curvature: \[\gamma_{i j, 0} = \beta_{i,j} + \beta_{j,i} - 2 \alpha K_{i j} - 2 \Gamma^p_{i j} \beta_p.\]

In the special case of trivial gauge (\(\alpha = 1\), \(\beta^i = 0\)), the expressions for the four-connection simplify enormously: \[\begin{aligned} {\,^4\Gamma}^0_{0 0} &= 0, &{\,^4\Gamma}^i_{0 0} &= 0,\\ {\,^4\Gamma}^0_{0 j} &= 0, &{\,^4\Gamma}^i_{0 j} &= \frac{1}{2} \gamma^{i m} \left[ \gamma_{m j, 0} \right] = - \gamma^{i m} K_{im},\\ {\,^4\Gamma}^0_{i j} &= \frac{1}{2} \gamma_{i j, 0} = - K_{ij}, &{\,^4\Gamma}^i_{j k} &= \frac{1}{2} \gamma^{i m} \left[ \gamma_{j m, k} + \gamma_{m k, j} - \gamma_{j k, m} \right] = \Gamma^i_{jk},\end{aligned}\]

Smarr (1977) defines the electric and magnetic parts of the Weyl curvature in the 3+1 split. These are spatial tensors (that is, they are orthogonal to the unit normal to the hypersurface), with components given by \[\begin{aligned} E_{i j} &= - R_{i j} - K K_{i j} + K_{m i} K_j^{\;m}, \nonumber \\ B_{i j} &= D_m K_{n(i} \varepsilon^{m n}_{\;\;j)}. \label{eq:NP_elec_def}\end{aligned}\] It can be seen from this definition that the tracelessness of the electric and magnetic tensors is equivalent to the satisfying of the Hamiltonian and momentum constraints.

The Riemann and Ricci tensors (in any dimension) are given by: \[\begin{aligned} {\mbox{R}}^{a}_{\; b c d} &\equiv \partial_{c} \Gamma^{a}_{b d} - \partial_{d} \Gamma^{a} _{b c} + \Gamma^{a}_{m c} \Gamma^{m} _{b d} - \Gamma^{a}_{m d} \Gamma^{m}_{b c},\\ {\mbox{R}}_{a b} &\equiv R^{c}_{\; a c b},\end{aligned}\] the former following the Landau-Lifshitz Spacelike Convention (LLSC), as with Misner et al. (1973).

Note that Maple’s Tensor package follows the conventions of Misner et al. (1973) for Riemann, but not for Ricci.

  1. This agrees with Misner et al. (1973) and Cook. Wald (1984) uses the opposite sign (eq (10.2.13),(E.2.30)) but is self-consistent.

Kerr-Schild Space-Times


An important sub-class of black-hole space-times can be written in Kerr-Schild form. The four-metric is written \[g_{\mu \nu} = \eta_{\mu \nu} + 2 H \ell_{\mu}\ell_{\nu} \Rightarrow g^{\mu \nu} = \eta^{\mu \nu} - 2 H \ell^{\mu} \ell^{\nu},\] where \(\ell_{\mu}\) is a flat-space null vector: \[\ell_{\mu} \ell^{\mu} \equiv \eta^{\mu \nu} \ell_{\mu} \ell_{\nu} = 0.\] From this generic form, we can deduce something of the 3+1 decomposition: \[\begin{aligned} \alpha &= \frac{1}{\sqrt{1 + 2 H \ell_0^2}},\\ \beta_i &= 2 H \ell_0 \ell_i,\\ \beta^i &= \frac{2 H \ell_0 \ell^i}{1 + 2 H \ell_0^2},\\ \gamma_{i j} &= \eta_{i j} + 2H \ell_i \ell_j,\\ \gamma^{i j} &= \eta^{i j} - \frac{2H}{1 + 2 H \ell_0^2} \ell^i \ell^j,\\ \Rightarrow \gamma_{i j,k} &= 2 \left[ H_{,k} \ell_i \ell_j + H \ell_{i,k} \ell_j + H \ell_i \ell_{j,k} \right], \\ K_{i j} &= \alpha \left[ \ell_i H_{,j} + \ell_j H_{,i} + H \ell_{i,j} + H \ell_{j,i} + 2 H ^2 \left( \ell_i \ell_m \ell_{j,m} + \ell_j \ell_m \ell_{i,m} \right) + 2 H \ell_i \e