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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 15451
School of Astronomy
  Title:   Twisted Gravitational Waves of Petrov Type D
1.  K. Rosquist
2.  D. Bini
3.  B. Mashhoon
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Rev. D
  Vol.:  98
  Year:  2018
  Supported by:            ipm IPM
Twisted gravitational waves (TGWs) are nonplanar unidirectional Ricci-flat solutions of general relativity. Thus far only TGWs of Petrov type II are implicitly known that depend on a solution of a partial differential equation and have wave fronts with negative Gaussian curvature. A special Petrov type D class of such solutions that depends on an arbitrary function is explicitly studied in this paper and its Killing vectors are worked out. Moreover, we concentrate on two solutions of this class, namely, the Harrison solution and a simpler solution we call the w -metric and determine their Penrose plane-wave limits. The corresponding transition from a nonplanar TGW to a plane gravitational wave is elucidated.

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