Pedro Lauridsen Ribeiro
October 25, 2010
We give a geometrically intrinsic construction of a global time function for relatively compact diamond-shaped regions in arbitrary spacetimes. In the case of Minkowski spacetime, the flow of diffeomorphisms associated to a suitably normalized gradient of this time function becomes the conformal isotropy subgroup of the diamond. In full generality, this time function is elegantly expressed in terms of the Lorentzian distance function, and it has an asymptotic behavior at large absolute times similar to the one in Minkowski spacetime.
Keywords:Lorentzian geometry, Cauchy time function